"Perón in Exile" Conference

Monday, February 9, 2015 to Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Room 101, Lou Henry Hoover Building
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Juan Domingo Perón Papers, Box 10, Hoover Institution Archives
Argentine president General Juan Domingo Peron inaugurating a leadership school in 1954, a year before the military forced him into exile (Juan Domingo Perón Papers, Box 10, Hoover Institution Archives)

On February 9 and 10, 2015, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in coordination with Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies will host an international bilingual conference on “Juan Domingo Perón in Exile” based on the Perón Papers at the Hoover Archives under the direction of Hoover’s Herbert S. Klein and Professor José Carlos Chiaramonte of the University of Buenos Aires. 

General Perón, the dominant figure in twenty- and twenty-first-century Argentine political life, was exiled from 1955 to 1973.  During that period he maintained an active correspondence with his followers in Argentina, developed new political programs, and named supporters who kept alive his Perónista movement despite constant military opposition.  In creating a powerful movement based on organized labor support, the Perónist Party emerged triumphant again when Perón was returned to power in 1973.  Despite his death a year later, and a return to military governments from 1976 to 1983, the Perónist movement remained the most important political force in the nation, becoming again the dominant national party in 1989; from then until today it remains in power, with the current president of Argentina, Crisitina Fernandez de Kirschner, being the latest Perónist to hold office.  

The conference will explore this crucial period in Perónist history, a time when it appeared that the movement was at its nadir, to show how and why Perón succeeded in keeping his movement alive and advancing his party’s power despite his exile.  

Conference Program

February 9, 2015, 9:00am to 5:00pm, Room 101, Lou Henry Hoover Building

  • Claudio Belini (Universidad de Buenos Aires), "Controversias en torno a los legados económicos del Peronismo"
  • Fernando Devoto (Universidad de Buenos Aires), "El peronismo, enigmas y problemas"
  • Mariano Plotkin: (Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero/IDES), "Perón en el exilio: en busca de la legitimidad perdida"
  • Frank Moya Pons (President of the Dominican Academy of History), "El rastro de Perón en República Dominicana"
  • Fabian Bosoer (Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero), "Betrayal and loyalty in the Peronist canon (1955-1965): The "cursed" Teisaire figures and Vandor"
  • Julio César Melon Pirro (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, CEHIS, Universidad Nacional del Centro, IEHS), "Entre la proscripción y la legalidad. El peronismo entre 1955 y 1965"

February 10, 2015, 4:00pm, Center for Latin American Studies

  • Torcuato Di Tella, Argentine Ambassador to Italy & Professor of Sociology, Universidad de Buenos Aires

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