Colloquium in Colombian Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies in Colombian topics are experiencing a booming across US academic fields. Join us in this first time ever Colloquium at the Graduate Center for an enlightening discussion about current research topics, methodologies, corpora and theoretical approaches.

Work in Progress Panel:

– Luis Carlos Rincon (Performances Studies Department, NYU). Epistemologías Festivas: el carnaval como acto de brujería.

– Henry Castillo (Performances Studies Department, NYU). Las Palenqueras: Racialized Female Bodies becoming Heritage in Cartagena.

– Sandra Medina (Spanish and Portuguese Department, Rutgers University). El cuerpo de la mujer: Guerra, cine y silencio en el cine colombiano.

Alumni Panel

– Melida Sanchez (Queensborough Community College, CUNY).
Josefa Acevedo de Gómez, letraherida colombiana: Cuadros…, Biografía… y Ensayo… en el siglo XIX

– Luis Henao Uribe (Teaching and Learning Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY). Nojotros, la literatura sobre la Violencia y el canon colombiano: una lectura desde ‘Sangre’, de Domingo Almova.

– Carolina Chaves-O’Flynn. Poder y dominio lingüístico en Colombia: el caso de Félix Restrepo

Guest talk
– Ivan Jimenez (Université Paris-Est Créteil). Lo que queda de la guerra. Miradas hacia el ‘post-conflicto’ en Colombia desde las artes escénicas. ‘Campo muerto’ (2008), ‘Labio de liebre’ (2015) y ‘La despedida’ (2017).

In Defense of Ancestral Lands

Nidiria Ruiz Medina belongs to the Naya River Basin community council, an Afro-descendent population in the southern area of Colombia’s Pacific region. She is part of an organizational process that contributes to the defense of territory and human rights. Her organizing work is articulated through the national CONPAZ (Communities Building Peace in the Territories) network, which provides tools and fundamental elements for building community. 

Nidiria is an example of how rural women play an essential role in peace-building efforts. Through the AINI “Spring Fountain of Flowers” Women’s Association, women work to rediscover the importance of fighting for participation spaces that allow them to make decisions and advocate for a vision of peace. Nidiria is a woman who defends collective territorial rights and identity through a gender approach. Despite the risks that this victimized population confronts—resisting a complex reality of conflict, exclusion, marginalization and historical state abandonment—Nidiria believes the Colombian Peace Agreement has helped reaffirm the rootedness of the land and spurred dreams of hope. 

Together with the AINI Association and the CONPAZ network, Nidiria and her community have decided to exchange tears for smiles, promoting leadership based on a model of justice, truth, reparations and non-repetition, as ratified by the Victim’s Chapter in the Colombian Peace Agreement. That is why her community continues to struggle for ancestral autonomy and independent education. This includes a Peace University, which emphasizes inclusion and participation, commemorates struggle and conflict resolution, and generates leadership rooted in social and community work, training, and peace-building strategies. 

Nidiria motivates rural women to become visible in the reconstruction and reconciliation of values, and by weaving a social fabric that leads to inclusive social justice, she advocates for rural women to be in positions of transformative power. 

Politicas economicas del nuevo gobierno colombiano

En este evento discutiremos los planes programáticos expresados por los Ministros de Hacienda, Comercio y el de Minas y Energía del nuevo gobierno colombiano, asi como los impactos en los diversos sectores económicos y sociales del país. También se discutirán los pasos dados en el ámbito exterior que delinean para donde va el nuevo presidente y cómo pueden impactar a la región.

They Are Killing Us – Film Screening and Discussion

Nos están matando  – “They’re killing us” –  has become the cry of social movements across the country. The former head of Colombia’s victims’ unit described it as a ‘massacre in slow motion’ – referring to the 200 plus community leaders murdered since peace was signed in 2016. Activists are being targeted with impunity in the interests of territorial control, illegal mining and illicit crop cultivation.

Our film takes us to the department of Cauca, which bears a disproportionate share of that violence. For a year we followed two threatened human right defenders: Feliciano Valencia, an Indigenous Nasa community leader fighting for land rights and Héctor Marino, an Afro Descendent community leader trying to set up a community self-protection group – the Cimarron Guard.

Guests

Hector Marino Carabali, Colombian Community Leader

Emily Wright, Codirector

Tom Laffay, Codirector

Daniel Bustos, Codirector

Standing for Peace

Jesús Emilio Tuberquia is the former “Legal Representative” of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, located in northwest Colombia. In 1997 500 small-scale farmers founded the “Peace Community” after mass displacements throughout San Jose de Apartadó. They founded their community on principals of International Humanitarian Law, including the neutrality of the civil population to the armed conflict, a fierce commitment to non-violence, and collective work. Despite the Peace Agreement signed in 2016 between the Colombian government and the FARC, the Peace Community continues to be threatened by successor groups to paramilitaries. These threats include the assassination attempt of the current legal representative German Graciano Posso on December 29, 2017.

The purpose of Mr. Tuberquia’s visit to Washington DC is to raise awareness of threats paramilitary groups pose- to the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in particular, and the civil population of Urabá more generally. They have seen a growth in paramilitary power despite the implementation of the Peace Agreement with that FARC in 2016. Peace Colombia aid package, as approved by the U.S Congress, includes language that demands careful scrutiny from the U.S to ensure that funds are used correctly. This includes that the Colombian Government takes effective action towards protecting human rights defenders and social leaders throughout the country. The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó urges U.S. Congress members to use these means to impel the Colombian Government to take serious action to dismantle paramilitary groups threatening communities.

This talk will be held in Spanish.

#StandingForPeace

#InternationalDayofPeace

 

Justicia y paz en Colombia. Los desafíos del nuevo Congreso

 

El Colombian Studies Group, Columbia PorColombia y Latin American Students Association en SIPA invita cordialmente al conversatorio “Justicia y Paz en Colombia: Los Desafíos del Nuevo Congreso”, con la congresista electa Juanita Goebertus el próximo 13 de abril a las 3:00 PM.

Juanita Goebertus es abogada, politóloga, académica y más recientemente, elegida representante a la cámara por Bogotá para el período legislativo 2018 – 2022. Egresada de la Universidad de Los Andes, fue recipiente de una beca Fulbright para estudiar una maestría en derecho en la Universidad de Harvard. Fue asesora de la Oficina del Alto Comisionado para la Paz y se desempeñó como Coordinadora de Justicia Transicional, jugando un papel clave en la construcción del Marco Jurídico para la Paz.

Latin-American and Caribbean Resistance

 

The murder of Marielle Franco is the recent case of racial and social violencia in Brazil. But cases can be found everywhere in Latin-American and Caribbean countries.

In this event we will look at three countries to offer an overview of the wave of current polical violence, but we will show the social resistance and solidarity among communities that is fastly spreading beyond national frontiers.

Celebración del 9 de abril

70 años del asesinato de Jorge Eliecer Gaitan y de la explosion social de rechazo contra el magnicidio. Este evento, conocido como El Bogotazo, marcó la historia de Colombia en el siglo XX.

En esta ocasión, tendremos oportunidad para mirar a la historia y en la historia desde la perspectiva de las mujeres y mediante temas que permiten un abordaje distinto, no institucional.

Procesos organizativos nacionales e internacionales de victimas del conflicto, nuevos discursos sobre los cultivos declarados ilícitos, trabajo con comunidades de base en zonas marginadas. Estos seron los tópicos mediante los cuales nos proponemos conmemorar este histórico momento.

National, Local and Gender Contexts of Violence and Democracy

 

An interdisciplinary panel of scholars will discuss new forms of violence and democracy in Post-Peace Accord Colombia. Communities across rural and urban spaces are experiencing different conditions of social life that have led them to question traditional democratic values and practices. In this panel, led by Professor Patricia Tovar (John Jay College and GC-CUNY), we will discuss how both transformed political violence and contemporary democratic participation are reshaping the life of youth, women and grassroots activists.

Guests speakers

  • Patricia Tovar, John Jay College, CUNY
  • Max Yuri Gil Ramírez , National University of Colombia, Medellín
  • Leon Arreondo, West Chester University)

Date: Friday, March 16th
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Room C203
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
(Between 34th and 35th Street)