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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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Sept 25 - 28, 2019 Medien-Materialitäten, Jahrestagung Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft

Universität zu Köln
“Exhibiting traces, screening recollections, responding to absence. From the International Art Exhibition for Palestine (Beirut, 1978) to Past Disquiet (Beirut, 2018)”
Iris Fraueneder (UZH)

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Aug 29, 2019 Transregional Academy “Fragment – Power – Public. Narrative, Authority and Circulation in Archival Work”

EUME, American University Beirut
“Critical Ecologies: Aesthetic Practices and the Archive”
Lecture by Liliana Gómez (UZH)

at the Orient-Institut Beirut
Rue Hussein Beyhoum, 44, Zokak el-Blat, Beirut

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Aug 29, 2019 Exhibition Contested Landscapes, Emergent Archives

EUME, American University Beirut

As part of the Transregional Academy “Fragment – Power – Public. Narrative, Authority and Circulation in Archival Work”
by Liliana Gómez in collaboration with Iris Fraueneder (UZH)

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Aug 24 - 28, 2019 Visible Evidence XXVI

University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
“Imagining unavailable images: an audiovisual intervention in censorship”
Iris Fraueneder (UZH)

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June 21-22, 2019 Workshop The Radical Aesthetic: Forms, Commitments, Traditions

Liefmann-Haus, University of Freiburg
Organized by Benjamin Kohlmann
“Specters of Panamerican Art and the Cold War”
Lecture by Liliana Gómez (UZH)

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Apr 24, 2019 Discussion: Interdisciplinarity, nobody told us it would not be easy!

Universidad Externado de Colombia
Organized by: Department of culture and society
Participant: María Ordóñez (UZH)

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