Democracy at work?: Brazil and Colombia

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Our guests:

Jaime Alves is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. His research interest includes racialized policing practices, mass incarceration and black urban life in Brazil and Colombia. Before joining CSI/CUNY Jaime served as visiting professor and affiliated researcher at the Africana Research Center (Penn State) and at the Centro de Estudios Afrodiaspóricos, Universidad Icesi (Colombia). As an activist anthropologist he has been working with the black movement and abolitionist projects in Brazil, Colombia, and the United States.

Maria Luisa Mendonça is a visiting scholar at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the Department of Philosophy, Literature and Social Sciences at University of Sao Paulo (USP). She is the founder of Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (Network for Social Justice and Human Rights) in Brazil and the editor of the book “Human Rights in Brazil,” which has been published annually since 2000.

Literatura colombiana contemporánea en el GC, CUNY

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Desde un proyecto narrativo más orientado hacia la fragmentación que hacia el flujo continuo de las voces y los recuerdos, Juego de memoria (2017) de Humberto Ballesteros (Bogotá, n. 1979) sondea las emociones del reencuentro con un pasado traumático –la reactivación del dolor, la indignación, el empeño en conocer la verdad– en el espacio íntimo de la narradora. Por una ironía malévola, «la tortuga», una mujer lesbiana que ronda los cincuenta y que trabaja como psiquiatra en el hospital Hoyos Moreno de la isla de Santa Inés, se ve obligada a tratar a Armando Cárdenas, un militar enfermo de Alzheimer a quien ella llama «cara e’ rana», que treinta años atrás había sido el responsable de la captura, la tortura y la desaparición de Kulemata-Irene, su apasionada novia militante, a quien ella llamaba «la liebre». Pasando de la conversación entre ésta y su verdugo a las notas de diario y los monólogos de «la tortuga», la novela indiga por los riesgos del combate contra el olvido: «¿Por qué, para qué la memoria, cuando no hay nada más lacerante e inútil que los recuerdos?»

Intervienen

Ivan Jimenez, Université Paris Est-Créteil.

Humberto Ballesteros, Columbia University.

Race, Gender and Peace in Colombia

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Social issues in Colombia are thoroughly discussed at the GC-CUNY!

Our speaker is Charo Mina Rojas from Black Communities’ Process. Her work focuses on defense of collective human rights of Afro-descendant People, particularly Afro-descendant women in Colombia, including their rights to equality and self-determination as well as the protection of Afro-descendant ancestral territories.

During Colombia’s peace negotiations, she worked with the Ethnic Commission for Peace and Defense of Territorial Rights to ensure inclusion of Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities. As a result of their advocacy, the peace agreement between the FARC and Colombian government includes a landmark “Ethnic Chapter”, containing protections for collective and individual human rights of Indigenous and Afro-Colombian Peoples.

Charo is now a member of the Special High Level Body for Ethnic Peoples, and is working to ensure the Colombian Government’s peace implementation plan fully adheres to the provisions of the Ethnic Chapter and other relevant provisions of the Peace Accord, including its gender rights protections.

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