Falklands/Malvinas: 35 Years On

An international and interdisciplinary one-day workshop at Keele University

Tuesday 30 May 2017


10.00: Tea and coffee
10.20: Welcome and introduction

10.30-11.40: Military Cultures in Britain and Argentina

  • Helen Parr (Keele University), ‘Professional, Regimented, Aggressive: British Paratroopers and the Falklands War’.
  • Eleonora Natale (Keele University), ‘Forbidden Memories: Argentine officers from the Proceso reclaiming the Malvinas war in the age of human rights’.

11.40-12.50: Enclaves Global and Local

  • Ruben Leitao (Nottingham University), ‘A Spanish Gibraltar? Portugal, Spain and the Olivença/Olivenza dispute’.
  • Louise Clare (Manchester University), ‘Gotcha’ and ‘Estamos Ganando’: Reflect or influence? British and Argentine newspapers and governments’ actions and policymaking during the Falklands/Malvinas.

12.50-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.45: ‘Campo minado/Minefield’

  • Mike Seear: ‘Minefield/Campo minado – The First Stage Play of the 1982 Falklands-Malvinas War’
Former Gurkha officer, Falklands-Malvinas War combat veteran and author Mike Seear reflects on his role as the Gurkha Advisor to Lola Arias’ internationally acclaimed play, and his perceptions of the Anglo-Nepalese-Argentine cast’s performance.

2.45-4: Representations

  • Geoff Maguire (Cambridge University), ‘The Minefield of Memory: Performing Violence in Lola Arias’ Campo minado’
  • Bernard McGuirk (Nottingham University), ‘El Clan (dir. Pablo Trapero): Prosthesis or Graft?’

4-4.30: Tea and coffee

4.30-5.40: Islands of memory I

  • Sarah Maltby (Sussex University) ‘Media-Remembering the Falklands War: Obligated, Traumatic Remembering’
  • Gareth Stockey (Nottingham University), ‘Bow harder: patriotism and memorialisation of the fallen in Britain and the Falklands/Malvinas’

5.40-6.50: Islands of memory II

Matthew Benwell (Newcastle University), ‘Going underground: territorial nationalism, memory and subterranean elements in Argentina’s Falklands/Malvinas claim’
  • Matthew Jones (Keele University), ‘Historical memory and narratives of British identity in the 1982 Falklands War: a micro- level analysis of focus group and Mass Observation Project data’

6.50: Concluding Remarks

7pm Close

With the support of Keele University Please contact either Helen or Eleonora if you would like to attend

Eleonora Natale (PhD candidate, Keele University):

Helen Parr (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Keele University):