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This symposium brings together academics, practitioners, civil society and civic leaders to discuss the past, present and futures of Colombia. It sheds light on the country’s long experience with internal armed conflict, its recent effort to transition to a post-conflict stage, and the challenges and opportunities that the present juncture implies for the success of enduring peacebuilding efforts.
This event is presented as part of the Colombian Studies Initiative, Colombia: Past, Present, and Futures. This is a collaboration between scholars from NYU and Universidad del Rosario (URosario) in Colombia, which brings together NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, in partnership with URosario’s Academic Vice-Provost Office, and the Peace, Conflict and Peace Research Center (Centro de Estudios en Conflictos y Paz). The goal of this collaboration is to raise awareness, deepen understanding and foster discussion among professors, students and community members interested in current challenges and opportunities affecting the peace process, democratic governance and sustainable development in Colombia.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
11.00am to 12.30pm EST - Intertwined Chronologies of Peace and Violence
This panel discusses competing chronologies of peace and violence that intersect, overlap, and ultimately shape Colombia’s history. Beyond ideas of unremitting and persistent violence or extraordinary democratic stability, it sheds light on particular historical subjects and communities that defy well-established categories of peace and conflict in Colombia. It also aims to bring the “violence of chronologies” to the table, as established periods might overemphasize the experience of certain social groups, while effacing others.
Moderator: Franz Hensel and Bastien Bosa, Universidad del Rosario
This panel will be held in Spanish. English simultaneous interpretation will be available.
Luis Van Isschot, University of Toronto
Catherine LeGrand, McGill University
Bastien Bosa, Universidad del Rosario
Mercedes Tunubalá Velasco, Alcaldesa de Silvia, Cauca
2.00pm to 3.30pm EST - Leadership, Resistance and Subaltern Memories in the Post-Accord
(coordinators: Sonia M. Ospina, NYU & Ángela Santamaría, Universidad del Rosario)
This panel zeroes-in on the microlevel manifestations of the conflict, exploring the case of gender-based violence against indigenous and afrocolombian women in Colombia. Panelists will discuss women’s experience of leadership and resistance in these contexts and unpack key challenges of efforts to strengthen their agency and amplify their voice. Conflict affects women in unique ways, and subaltern women in particular; but their experience becomes invisible when buried within broader statistics and narratives. To understand these microdynamics of violence and the potential emergent leadership, the conversation will privilege feminist, intercultural and participatory action research perspectives. Connecting memory, resistance and leadership contributes to move forward the Symposium conversations and insights about peacebuilding and local governance amid persistence of violence.
Moderator: Sonia Ospina NYU Wagner
This panel will be held in English.
Pasha Bueno-Hansen, University of Delaware
Kimberly Theidon, Fletcher School, Tufts University
Angela Santamaria, Universidad del Rosario
4:00pm to 5:.00pm EST - Closing panel.
Moderator: Franz Hensel, URosario
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