New Research in Oral History: Jacqueline Adams: Using music to denounce disappearances under a military regime
Lecture | October 2 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 -- Oral History Center Conference Room
Jacqueline Adams, Institute for the Study of Society Issues, UC Berkeley
Under repressive military regimes, it is not unusual for political dissidents to become the victims of enforced disappearance, whereby they are tortured and killed by the secret police, and all the while, their whereabouts are unknown to family members. How do the family members respond to this situation? In this paper, this question is addressed by examining the case of relatives of the disappeared under the dictatorship of General Pinochet, in Chile (1973-1990). These relatives created an association in which they took action to find their disappeared and challenge the military junta. This paper focuses on how, within the association, they used music and dance as a vehicle of resistance against the regime, and it examines the significance that membership in the music group held for them.