Unwanted Witnesses: Journalism and Conflict in Contemporary Latin America

Author Gabriela Polit Dueñas (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) analyzes the work of five narrative journalists from three countries. Marcela Turati, Daniela Rea, and Sandra Rodríguez f Mexico; Patricia Nieto f Colombia; and María Eugenia Ludueña of Argentina produce compelling literary works, but also work under dangerous, intense conditions. What drives and shapes their stories are their affective responses to the events and people they cover. 

Polit offers an insightful analysis of the emotional challenges, the stress, and the traumatic conditions journalists face when reporting on the region’s most pressing problems. It combines ethnographic observations of the journalists’ work, textual analysis, and a theoretical reflection on the ethical dilemmas journalists confront on a daily basis. Unwanted Witnesses puts forward a necessary discussion about the place contemporary journalists occupy in the field of production, and how the risks they run speak directly about the limits of our democracies.

For more information, contact Paloma Díaz.

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Wednesday, October 9 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd floor conference room
2300 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78712-1469

Event Type

Arts & Humanities, Policy & Law, Diversity & Social Justice

Departments

Moody College of Communication, College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, General Public

Website

https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/llilas...

Cost

Free and open to the public

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