In the narrowest and most technical sense that the concept of truth implies,
we could say that this book grew out of the panel on Truth-Telling in the
Aftermath of Atrocity at the Latin American Studies Association meeting
in Montreal. Drawing on the marketing notion, the book should also be
thought of as a product, a product of a particular convergence of thinking
that emerged while reflecting on the price and the cost of memory and me-
morializing trauma in Latin America. Rather than staying up into the early
hours of the morning at the gran baile, we instead outlined the book in the
hotel hallway from notes that we scribbled during dinner onto a notepad
with the words “Let It Go.” And we did.
lasa and its unique ability to create intellectual space for interdisciplin-
ary dialogue, therefore, deserve acknowledgment. The Latin American,
Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin–
Madison organized a follow-up conference and workshop, which allowed
the authors to present their work and receive critical feedback on it. As a
show of appreciation for that support, all proceeds from this book will go to
one of its funds supporting research on Latin America. A number of other
organizations shared in the funding of the conference, including several
University of Wisconsin–Madison sources, such as the Anonymous Fund,
the Mellon Foundation Workshops in the Humanities, the Trauma Tour-
ism Research Circle, and the Cyril W. Nave Endowment. The Université de
Montréal and George Mason University provided additional support for
the Memory Market conference.
We are indebted to numerous scholars who participated in various phases
of the project. Among those who presented their work and comments at
the University of Wisconsin–Madison, we particularly thank Severino
Albuquerque, Glen Close, Geneviève Dorais, Paola Hernández, Alexandra
Huneeus, Yeri López, Nicolás Lynch, Sarli Mercado, Elisa Shoenberger,
Kristina Stanek, Steve Stern, and Djurdja Trajković. Additional participants
at lasa and beyond who inspired and creatively shaped this project include
Kate Doyle, Anne Pérotin-Dumon, Victoria Sanford, David Sheinin, and
Alex Wilde. Our colleagues at the University of Wisconsin–Madison who
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