Francesca Lessa and project partners to develop new online resource on Operation Condor

Posted:
05 May, 2022

Departmental Lecturer Dr Francesca Lessa, working with partners in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile, has won funding to develop an online resource bringing together new and existing information about Operation Condor, the transnational campaign of political oppression in Latin America in the 1970s that sought to silence critical voices in exile.

The project, titled “From Terror to Justice: Promoting Accountability for Transnational Repression in South America”, aims to collate previously existing but scattered information about Operation Condor into a single, open-access website, compiling useful resources for researchers, academics, journalists, civil society activists, lawyers, and the public.

New publications and materials will also be made available on the website, including two specifically developed audio-visual productions designed by the award-winning Uruguayan artist Sebastián Santana with Pozo de Agua productions, to narrate respectively the stories of one emblematic Condor victim and one historic Condor trial. 

In addition, reports and infographics based on Dr Lessa’s research on the Condor trials and victims of transnational repression in South America (1969-1981) will be released as part of this new toolkit of resources.

Dr Lessa is working with Sitios de Memoria, Pozo de Agua, and Observatorio Luz Ibarburu in Uruguay, Londres 38 in Chile and freelance partners in Argentina.

The funding comes from the University of Oxford’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). Dr Lessa is Departmental Lecturer at ODID and the Latin American Centre.