Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool will hold its fifth E. Allison Peers Symposium on Friday 27 September at the Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, Ashton Street, Liverpool L69 3DR. This year’s symposium is entitled ‘Remember Them: Artistic and Academic Responses to Femicide in Ciudad Juárez’.
The event marks the opening of the exhibition Remember Them at the Victoria Gallery & Museum, which displays the work of Lise Bjorne Linnert, Julián Cardona, Brian Maguire and Teresa Margolles, artists who have each responded to the issue of femicide in Ciudad Juárez.
Since 1993, over 2,000 women have been murdered or have disappeared in and around Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. These deaths are often investigated poorly. Families struggle for justice, and few people outside Mexico are aware of the situation, despite the large number of victims.
In the morning, the artists will speak about their work, which will be followed by a screening of the documentary Blood Rising (2013), which was the closing event for the Dublin Film Festival earlier this year. Teresa Margolles’ s contribution to the exhibition is her video installation Irrigación. In the afternoon, Professor Nuala Finnegan (University College Cork), Dr. Julia Banwell (University of Sheffield), Dr Sarah Bowskill (Queen’s University Belfast) and Dr Niamh Thornton (University of Liverpool) will discuss the ethical response that has been produced in the wake of femicide across art, literature and film.
The E. Allison Peers Symposium is an annual symposium hosted by Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool, UK since 2009. It is named after Edgar Allinson Peers (right, 1891-1952), Gilmour Chair of Spanish at the Liverpool for thirty years from 1922, founder of the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) and the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, and a pioneer of Spanish and Catalan Studies. Professor Peers left a substantial bequest for the support of Hispanic Studies at Liverpool, which he stipulated was to be spent to promote the teaching of Spanish, and we are very grateful to him for enabling us to hold these exciting annual events.