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.





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

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


Jul 15 – 20. 2018 56th International Congress of Americanists (ICA)

Universidad de Salamanca
“Caminar por estas calles, a plena luz del día, da miedo’: representaciones y artefactos culturales contemporáneos de artistas mexicanas sobre el feminicidio en Ciudad Juárez”
Elena Rosauro (UZH) and Tania Sordo Ruz (UC3M)


Jun 5. 2018 Lecture Series relatifs

Kepler Salon; Kunstuniversität Linz, Kulturwissenschaft, Kunstgeschichte und Kunsttheorie
“Contested Amnesia, Dissonant Narratives”
Liliana Gómez-Popescu (UZH)


Jun 04 – 05. 2018 Transnational and Migratory Perspectives in Memory Processes International Congress

University of Stockholm
“Counter-memories and contemporary artistic practices in Spain: boosting processes of reparations and remembrance”
Elena Rosauro (UZH)


May 28 – Jun 01. 2018 EURAMAL XIII Conference Fiction and History: The Rebirth of the Historical Novel in Arabic

Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”
“Rabī Jābir’s al-I‘tirafāt as a New Form of Historical Fiction that Depicts the Spirit of a Repressed Past”
Dani Nassif (University of Münster)


May 23 – 26. 2018 XXXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association

Centre Convencions International Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
Performance and Visual Culture Program Track
Curated by
Liliana Gómez-Popescu (UZH)
Lisa Blackmore (Essex)