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Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South: Post-conflict in Literature, Art, and Emergent Archives

The Cold War period and its subsequent post-conflicts are characterized by a remarkable amnesia, a politics of invisibilization, and the neglect of the archives that reflect the epistemic order of decolonization and the geopolitical configuration of the Global South. Yet counter-semantics and dissonant narratives that challenge historical oblivion have been articulated by artists, writers and institutional initiatives that increasingly seek to contest this amnesia with alternate fictitious material or visual archives. Conflict and post-conflict situations such as Colombia (1964-) and Lebanon (1975-1989/91) reconfigured an increasingly diverse landscape of memory cultures that claim truth and accountability. While some post-conflict societies opt for an amnesty that fosters the invisibilization of the protracted conflict (Lebanon), others initiate cultural and political processes of transitional justice (Colombia).

a remarkable amnesia, a politics of invisibilization, and the neglect of the archives.

Nurturing official silence, amnesia, and the fragmentation of society, the related political violence has generated complex and conflicting memory cultures that are shaped both by local and global biases. Drawing upon a comparative cultural analysis, this project examines the role of cultural production, aesthetic interventions, emergent archival practices, and dissonant narratives in processes of reconciliation, symbolic reparation, and remembrance in the post-conflict period, which may allow alternate and plural writings of history.

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Oct 25 - Nov 6, 20, 27. 2018 Why feminism? Theories, practices and experiences

University of Zurich
Organized by: Elena Rosauro(UZH), Pauline Bachmann(UZH) and María Ordoñez (UZH)

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Oct 18-19. 2018 Autumn Workshop “Remains, Ruins, Landscapes”

Organized by
Liliana Gómez-Popescu (Romanisches Seminar, UZH)
in cooperation with Stephenie Young (Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Salem State University, Massachusetts)

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Sept 13-14. 2018 Workshop “Artists and Agents. Performance Art and the Secret Services”, as part of the exhibition 100 Ways of Thinking, Universität Zürich in der Kunsthalle

“The archives of the Operation Condor. Dissonant narratives in the works by Paz Encina and Voluspa Jarpa”
Liliana Gómez-Popescu (UZH)

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Aug 28. 2018 Collective Painting in situ. Practical excerpt from the 3 month workshop “How to Teach Art”

as part of the exhibition 100 Ways of Thinking, Universität Zürich in der Kunsthalle
With the participation of María Ordóñez (UZH)

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Aug 25 - Nov 11. 2018 Results of the seminar “How to Teach Art”

as part of the exhibition 100 Ways of Thinking, University of Zurich at Kunsthalle 

With the participation of María Ordóñez (UZH)

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Jun 28 – 29. 2018 Conference: Performing Human Rights – Contested Amnesia and Historical Justice in Latin America and the Middle East

Organized by
Liliana Gómez-Popescu (Romanisches Seminar, UZH)
in cooperation with Bettina Dennerlein (Asien-Orient-Institut, UZH)

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