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 and a politics of invisibilization that reflect the epistemic order of decolonization of the Global South. Yet counter-semantics that challenge historical oblivion und injustice have been articulated by artists, writers and institutional initiatives that increasingly seek to contest this amnesia with alternate narratives or dissonant archives. Transitional situations, such as negotiated in Colombia or Lebanon, reconfigured an increasingly diverse landscape of memory cultures that claim truth and justice. While some transitional societies opted for an amnesty that fosters the invisibilization of the protracted conflict, others initiated a cultural and political process through a dialogue with the creative human rights.

«processes of reconciliation and the search for truth and justice that exists within cultures, foregrounding alternate and plural writings of history»

Nurturing official silence, amnesia, and the fragmentation of society, the related violence on human and non-human life forms has generated complex and conflicting memory cultures that are shaped both by local and global biases. Drawing upon a comparative cultural analytical and art historical perspective, this project examines the role of cultural production, in particular the arts, as aesthetic inquiries and dissonant narratives in processes of reconciliation and the search for truth and justice that exists within cultures, foregrounding alternate and plural writings of history. The project thus understands contemporary global arts against this background as performative practices of human rights and ethical praxis.





21.05.2021 Arts & Conflict. Contesting the Unavailability of Cultural Heritage

Launch of the website: https://dlf.uzh.ch/sites/artsandconflict/
Organized by Prof. Dr. Liliana Gómez (UZH)


02.07.-17.10.2021 Austellung “Extractive Zones”

Co-Kuration und -projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Liliana Gómez, in Zusammenarbeit mit der Universität Zürich, Universität Kassel und documenta-Institut, unterstützt durch den Schweizerischen Nationalfonds (SNF).

Museum der Kulturen Basel, Münsterplatz 20


March 24–26, 2021 Kolloquium

34. Film- und Fernsehwissenschaftliches Kolloquium, Bauhaus-Universität-Weimar
“Abwesende Bilder. Filmische und kuratorische Interventionen in die Unverfügbarkeit (audio-)visuellen Erbes“
Iris Fraueneder (UZH)


29.04.2021 Performing Human Rights Contested Amnesia and Aesthetic Practices in the Global South

Edited by Liliana Gómez (UZH)


Nov 19, 2020 SPAH Seminar Series

The Philosophy and Art History Research Seminar, University of Essex
“Beyond the courtroom. Performing human rights and aesthetic practices”
Lecture by Liliana Gómez (UZH)


Dec 7-8-10, 2020 Webinar “The Afterlives of Past Disquiet. Legacies, Unwritten Histories and Transnational Solidarity”

Webinar organized by
Daniel Berndt (UZH), Iris Fraueneder (UZH) & Bruno Heller (ZHdK/UZH)