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Thesis: "Struggles over truth: competing narratives about the Colombian war in the Historical Commission of the Conflict and its Victims and beyond". 

Thesis abstract: The ongoing peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerrilla organization have raised the possibility of ending the longest and more devastating war of the western hemisphere. An important element of those negotiations is a collection of struggles over the truth about the war. These struggles over the truth influence the potential for reconciliation and moderation, compared with the current situation of confrontation and polarization. This research proposal focuses on the struggles over the truth about the Colombian war that have occurred in relation to the results of the Historical Commission of the Conflict and its Victims (2015) which was mandated to “elucidate the truth” of the war. To achieve this mandate, twelve experts were appointed through consensus from both negotiating parties to write individual reports that address the origins of the conflict, the main factors that have facilitated its persistence, and its effects on the population. The main research question is: How did the struggles over the narratives about the Colombian war evolve in relation to the work of the Historical Commission of the Conflict and its Victims? The research uses narrative analysis to conceptually frame the study and as a tool to identify the main interpretations about the war, focusing on the reports written to the Historical Commission and their public contestation. The experts who participated in the Historical Commission will be interviewed, as well as other scholars and peace delegates from both negotiation parties. Also, the contestation of narratives of the Historical Commission will be addressed by studying the circulating discourses that challenged or embraced the narratives of the reports.

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  • 1 Article (Academic Journal)

Non-verbal communication, emotions, and tensions in the co-production of memory: New perspectives from Peru and Colombia

Wilson Vasquez, G., Pinto Ocampo, M. T., Brown, M. D. & Tucker, K., 15 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Emotion, Space and Society.

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  • Activities

    • 1 Collaboration

    Building knowledge partnerships to support the Colombian Truth Commission to work towards the inclusion of marginal voices in their activities

    Julia Paulson (Host), , Matthew Brown (Contributor), , Maria Teresa Pinto Ocampo (Contributor), & Alejandra Miller Retrepo (Contributor)

    9 May 201831 Jul 2018

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