Episode 192: Commemorative Literacies & Labors of Justice in Argentina and Beyond with James Damico, Loren Lybarger, & Edward Brudney

In episode 192, Dan and Michael chat with James Damico, Loren Lybarger, and Edward Brudney about their book, “Commemorative Literacies and Labors of Justice: Resistance, Reconciliation, and Recovery in Buenos Aires and Beyond.”


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Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Damico, J. S., Lybarger, L. D., & Brudney, E. (2022). Commemorative Literacies and Labors of Justice: Resistance, Reconciliation, and Recovery in Buenos Aires and Beyond. Routledge.
  2. Lybarger, L.D., Damico, J.S., & Brudney, E. (2018). Religion and the Commemoration of the Disappeared in Argentina 40 Years after the Dictatorship: A Study of Martyrological Memory at the Church of Santa Cruz. Journal of Religion and Society 20.
  3. Damico, J.S. & Lybarger, L.D. (2016). Commemoration, testimony, and protest in Argentina: An exploration of response and responsibilities. Ubiquity: The Journal of Literature, Literacy, and the Arts. 3(1). 
  4. Morello, G., SJ. (2015). The Catholic Church and Argentina’s Dirty War. Oxford University Press.
  5. My kids need to know that Black is brilliance. So we go to museums. by Danté Stewart in the Washington Post on February 12, 2023
  6. Bishop William J. Barber II and the Poor People’s Campaign
  7. Website to confront climate denial and advance ecological justice
  8. Video from project. Argentina: Days of Memory 


James Damico is Professor of Literacy, Culture, & Language Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Indiana University, Bloomington. A former elementary and middle school teacher, Dr. Damico scholarship and teaching center on critical literacies and inquiry-based approaches for working with digital media and complex topics, especially climate change. In addition to authoring a number of journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Damico is the author of three books: Social Studies as New Literacies: Relational Cosmopolitanism in the Classroom (2011, with co-author, Mark Baildon); Commemorative Literacies and Labors of Justice: Resistance, Reconciliation, and Recovery in Buenos Aires and Beyond (2022, with co-authors, Loren Lybarger and Edward Brudney); and How to Confront Climate Denial: Literacy, Social Studies and Climate Change (2022, with co-author Mark Baildon).

Loren Lybarger is Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at Ohio University, Athens. In addition to numerous refereed journal articles, Dr. Lybarger has published two monographs, Identity and Religion in Palestine: The Struggle between Islamism and Secularism in the Occupied Territories (Princeton 2007) and Palestinian Chicago: Identity in Exile (California 2020) as well as the co-authored book, Commemorative Literacies and Labors of Justice: Resistance, Reconciliation, and Recovery in Buenos Aires and Beyond (Routledge 2022, with James S. Damico and Edward Brudney). He is currently at work on two new projects. The first, in collaboration with James Damico, addresses how religious discourses shape responses to climate change. The second project, “Nordic Palestine: Refugees and the Politics of Scandinavian Identity and Integration,” examines Palestinian immigrant experience in relation to pluralizing social transformations in Denmark and Sweden. 

Edward Brudney is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He received his Ph.D. in History from Indiana University in May 2019. Dr. Brudney’s research focuses on the intersections between labor organizing, changing modes of capital accumulation, and memory in late twentieth-century Argentina. His current book project, Changing the Rules of the Game: Labor, Law, and Citizenship in Argentina, 1973-1983, examines the creation and enforcement of labor law in Argentina during the 1970s and highlights the disconnect between the letter of the law and its practical applications under authoritarianism. Dr. Brudney’s work has appeared in various outlets, including The Journal of Global South Studies, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, and International Labor and Working-Class History. More information about his  scholarship and teaching is available at: https://www.utc.edu/directory/rgb977-history-edward-brudney/rgb977 and on Twitter at @edwardbrudney.

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