UIS project that analyzes the narratives and social imaginaries about the Colombian armed conflict, was the winner of the national convocation of the Ministry of Science and the Historical Memory Center

The project called ‘Resistance: audiovisual and editorial cultural productions as an alternative to the poetic memory of the Colombian armed conflict 1987-2016’, turned out to be one of those selected in the national call ‘Towards a greater understanding of the armed conflict, the victims and the recent history of Colombia ‘, promoted by the National Center for Historical Memory (CNMH) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

In total, there were 17 winning initiatives, among which the research experience of the Industrial University of Santander stands out.

For the professor at the School of History and researcher at the Industrial University of Santander, Álvaro Acevedo Tarazona, the objective of this project is to analyze narratives and social imaginaries about the Colombian armed conflict in audiovisual and literary cultural productions related to victimizing events, in key of interpretation and reading of recent history, from the breakdown of the La Uribe (Meta) peace process in 1987 to the endorsement of the Havana (Cuba) agreements in 2016.

This project recognizes the importance of disseminating the academy’s findings and the impact it can have on the community. To this end, it seeks through alternatives such as documentaries and other digital dissemination strategies and tools to build communication channels that unite the academy with Colombian society.

The team of professionals and researchers that make up this initiative will have 18 months to collect information in Bucaramanga, Bogotá, Medellín, Barranquilla and Cali. As well as doing a preliminary tracking of people, groups and institutions to interview, as well as a preliminary tracking of sources in documentation centers

Its intention is to become an alternative for Colombian society in times of so much polarization, through the integration of new methodological and theoretical perspectives to the debate on the armed conflict and memory in Colombia. All this from different approaches such as the interpretation of cultural audiovisual productions such as cinema and literary productions such as fanzines; the construction of a poetic memory, mainly investigating the way in which people seek to remember painful events, but also overcome them or do catharsis. Also carrying out an exhaustive analysis of resistance as that act of will by which people are capable of creating from pain, fear or even terror.

This initiative has the administrative support of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension, and mainly of a team of professionals and researchers that has been consolidating for approximately ten years, being favored in external and internal research calls. Most of these are professionals from the Political, Social and Historical-Educational Representations research group, under the direction of Professor Álvaro Acevedo Tarazona. In addition to the support of the historian, Andrés Correa Lugos and the social worker Andrea Mejía, both graduates of the UIS, and the historian Gimena Gutiérrez Martínez.

Dissemination is one of the central axes of this initiative, and it is for this reason that it is developed in partnership with the research group Comunicación Cultura y Desarrollo, and Professor Olga Beatriz Rueda from the Universidad Pontifica Bolivariana.

“Reading the writer André Malraux, a premise that originated this project appeared:“ art is the only thing that resists death ”. The phrase led us to look for processes where creations help to reconstruct memory processes from García Márquez, Camus, Kundera, through Stlevana Alexiévich to Mircea Cărtărescu. Once the north was established, we asked ourselves about the artistic and cultural representations of the conflict in Colombia and we began to look for which ones, specifically, for this research, from large masses (mainstream) to those independent and almost “underground” creations, added Professor Acevedo .

The 17 projects chosen in the framework of this national call belong to five public universities, among which is the UIS, and 11 private ones, and to research groups categorized in A1 or A. The call that was launched at the beginning of this year sought create a bank of eligible projects on the armed conflict, the memory of the victims, peace and reconciliation in Colombia, which, by linking young researchers and innovators, contributes to social appropriation and generation of new knowledge.

Profesor de la Escuela de Historia e investigador de la Universidad Industrial de Santander, Álvaro Acevedo Tarazona, quien lidera el proyecto de investigación seleccionado por la convocatoria ‘Hacia una mayor comprensión del conflicto armado, las víctimas y la historia reciente de Colombia’.

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