Author Archives: Betsy Konefal

About Betsy Konefal

Betsy Konefal is associate professor of history at William and Mary, specializing in twentieth-century Latin America and histories of race/ethnicity, indigenous organizing, human rights, and oppositional politics. Her first book, For Every Indio Who Falls: A History of Maya Activism in Guatemala, 1960–1990 (University of New Mexico Press, 2010), examines questions of ethnicity in Guatemala's long and ultimately genocidal armed conflict, and was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. She is currently working on a study of liberation theology and highland organizing in Guatemala.

Memory Offensives Where Impunity Reigns

Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala Kirsten Weld Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Memory’s Turn: Reckoning with Dictatorship in Brazil Rebecca Atencio Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2014. The physical site, the material object, matters insofar as it represents an embodiment of a given meaning and a certain historical message. Yet what matters about such places goes beyond the physical location—it is the symbolic and subjective location of those who charge it with their own memory and their own meaning . . Continue reading → Continue reading →