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.





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)


Aug 24 - 28, 2019 Visible Evidence XXVI

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


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)


Apr 15 - 16, 2019 Spring Workshop STATE, POWER AND VIOLENCE: Between Law, History and Literature

University of Zurich
Elena Rosauro (UZH)
“Entangled: Violence, State and Power through Latin American contemporary arts”
Maria Ordoñez (UZH)
“Trans-bodies: Disappearance, waste and economies of death”


Apr 5, 2019 Permanent seminar of Aesthetics:

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Maria Ordoñez (UZH)
“Cuerpos en trance: flujos, intersecciones, materialidades y narrativas de la desaparición en Colombia”


Feb 23. 2019 Tage argentinischer Literatur Zwischen Buenos Aires und Berlin: María Cecilia Barbetta und Samanta Schweblin

Literaturhaus Zürich
Moderation: Liliana Gómez
Lesung: Miriam Japp