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CAPAZ, the UN in Colombia, and universities in Tolima celebrate International Peace Day

The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia and the universities of Ibagué and Tolima have organised the event “Reincorporation of former combatants, territorial peace and reconciliation. Keys for the future of the peace process in Colombia”, which will take place on September 19 and 20, 2019 at Universidad de Ibagué. The event commemorates International Peace Day, celebrated on September 21 around the world.

The main objective of the academic meeting is to insist on dialogue to be implemented in order to build sustainable peace in Colombia and on the importance of the territorial perspective for the reintegration of former combatants.

Academic and football event

The event will bring together representatives from academia, social leaders from local communities, and delegates from international organisations such as the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia.

The central themes will include peacebuilding in the department of Tolima, in south-western Colombia; the future of the reintegration and reincorporation process; a number of productive projects carried out by former combatants; and the situation of the Territorial Training and Rehabilitation Spaces (ETCR).

Following the main event, the participants will be invited to take part in a football tournament, convened by Street Football World and Fundación Selección Colombia. Both organisations work, national and internationally to promote football and sport as a catalyst for social change. Worth mentioning is the participation of Elkin Soto Jaramillo, former national team player for Colombia and former player for Germany, Maguncia 05.

This is the first time that CAPAZ and the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia have joined forces, in this case, in partnership with universities in Tolima, to offer a space for exchange between academia, civil society, those taking part in processes of reintegration, and representatives from international cooperation.


CAPAZ 2019 Summer School Agenda in Berlin

The CAPAZ 2019 Summer School will take place in Berlin from 23 to 27 September 2019. The academic school is organised by CAPAZ, the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) of the Freie Universität Berlin, with the support of the LAI Alumni Programme, the GLOCON (Global Change-Local Conflicts) project, and TrAndeS (Postgraduate Programme in Sustainable Development and Social Inequalities in the Andean Region).

Based on the question “An exclusive peace? Peacebuilding in unequal contexts”, the academic school will analyse the implications of peacebuilding in Colombia in contexts of extreme social inequalities.

The summer school sessions will address four central themes: territoriality, memory, democracy, and justice. The programme will include discussions on historical memory in Germany and other countries. Researchers from Colombian and German universities will lead the sessions and discussions.

There will also be an offer of parallel activities in the German capital, such as visits to places of memory, meetings with members of the German Parliament, and a screening of documentary films.

Find out about the academic programme of the CAPAZ 2019 Summer School (in Spanish).


(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)


Second preparatory GeoRaizAL Conference for the XXIII Colombian Congress of Geography

The preparatory day GeoRaizAL for the XXIII Colombian Geography Congress will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, which, in turn, will be held from October 22 to 25, 2019 in Bogota.

The preparatory conference is organised by the geography programme at Universidad Externado de Colombia and consists of two sessions:

Round table, during which the general theme of the congress entitled: A geography for peacebuilding will be presented. The purpose of the meeting is to identify fundamental meeting points between geography, conflict and peace. The CAPAZ Academic Director, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters will participate in this discussion session. Experts, students, and teachers of the geography programme are welcome to attend the session.

Preparatory day for the XXIII Colombian Congress of Geography (Table III. Political and historical geographies of the armed conflict and peace). This afternoon session will bring together experts to present research and experiences on conflict and peace in Colombia, with emphasis from a spatial perspective.

For more information please contact the organisers of the preparatory day directly:

Universidad Externado de Colombia

Programa de Geografía

Tel: (+571) 342 02 88 Ext. 1503/1511

Prof. Flavio Bladimir Rodríguez Muñoz


Brochure for the XXIII Colombian Geography Congress (Spanish)

(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)



“Remembering, forgetting, speaking, silencing. The social management of conflictive pasts” is the third working document published by CAPAZ in 2019. Its author is Tatjana Louis, researcher and associate professor at the School of Social Sciences at Universidad de los Andes. Her research emphasis focuses on the development of historical awareness, and the teaching and learning of history.


In societies in transition, historical memory is an instrument for the symbolic reparation of victims, the clarification of truth, and the goal of social reconciliation. However, the work of memory in a society goes beyond the time limits of transitional justice and presents a challenge for different generations. Based on the analysis of manuals for teaching history in various historical periods, this text addresses the long-term social management of painful pasts in two different contexts: in Colombia, the period of La Violencia; and in Germany, the Nazi dictatorship and the legacy of the German Democratic Republic. The manuals show what society considers necessary to teach future generations. At the same time, they serve as a mirror of today’s society. An analysis of training processes in schools can therefore shed light on the social development of a historical memory.


Download the CAPAZ working paper 3-2019, written by Tatjana Louis (In Spanish, German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, Bogotá: 2019, 41 p.).

(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)



The working document entitled “Civic education in Germany: Development and aspects of the current discussion” is CAPAZ’ most recent publication (Working Document 2-2019). Its author is Prof. Dr. Bernd Overwien, professor of civic education didactics at the University of Kassel, Germany. In the introduction, Prof. Dr. Overwien brings us closer to the definition of the concept in the German-speaking context:

‘Politische Bildung’ is the term used in German-speaking countries to refer to school and extra-curricular learning activities that prepare or accompany students in the management of politics by acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills. In this respect, political education moves in a relationship of tensions between pedagogy and politics. (Fischer 1972; Mambour 2007, p. 9). Political education is by no means limited to certain age groups: natural and social science classes in primary school prepare students at an early age (6-10 years) to deal with political and social science issues. Civic education as a whole has, in recent decades, resorted to social science knowledge and methods. However, civic education is older and the corresponding lines of progress are drawn and developed in this working paper. The central debates will be outlined on this basis, and finally discussed with a view to current discussions in Colombia”.

Download the CAPAZ working paper on civic education in Germany, written by Prof. Dr. Bernd Overwien (in Spanish, German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, Bogotá: 2019. 30 p.).

(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)



Carolina Galindo, professor of social sciences at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia, and spokeswoman for this university at CAPAZ, spoke with the German regional news network WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) about a year with (or without) Iván Duque.

The interview focuses on the analysis of three axes: security, governance and foreign policy.


Listen to the full interview with Professor Carolina Galindo (In Spanish, duration: 16:56 Min. Available until: 09.08.2020. Recovered from: []).


(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)



Screenshot DW Online

How close are we to tensions over FARC dissidents turning into a conflict with Venezuela?

Full interview of the Spanish-language news services, from Berlin, of the German channel Deutsche Welle interview with CAPAZ Director Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters.

(In Spanish, 05.09.2019. Recovered from: []

(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)




An open forum on “Citizen Political Education” will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Rogelio Salmona Building of Universidad Nacional de Bogotá.

The event is free entry.

CAPAZ and the Centro de Pensamiento Nicanor Restrepo Santamaría para la Reconstrucción Civil (CeNiRS) attached to Universidad Nacional invite you to take part in the academic agenda with three speakers in the morning, among them the President of the Federal Centre for Political Education (BpB), Thomas Krüger, and Professor of the University of Kassel, Germany, Prof. Dr. Bernd Overwien.

In the afternoon, two panels will discuss good practices, opportunities and the challenges of political and citizen education in Colombia.

Consult the forum’s academic programme (in Spanish)

For more information and contact: Instituto CAPAZ: and CeNiRS: Website /


(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)



DW Online

“It is still impossible to measure the impact of the announcement of the rearmament of the dissident FARC group, but it is time for the Peace Agreement to be a real priority for the government and the entire country, say experts”.

One of them was CAPAZ Director, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, who in an interview with the German channel Deutsche Welle referred to the situation in Colombia as follows: “There is no alternative to peace”. If the Government of Colombia wants to promote the development it is aiming for, it can only achieve it if it assumes peace as a real priority”.

Read the full interview (in Spanish).


Colombia after former FARC video: “There is no alternative to peace”, Deutsche Welle (José Ospina-Valencia, August 30, 2019) interview with Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters. Recovered from: []

(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)


FARC: Kolumbiens Krieger kehren zurück

DW Online

“Der Friedensprozess ist nicht tot”, meint hingegen der Direktor des Deutsch-Kolumbianischen Instituts CAPAZ in Bogotá, Stefan Peters, und verweist darauf, dass man nicht wisse, wie viele Kämpfer sich dem Aufruf des Ex-Kommandanten Márquez anschließen werden. Es käme jetzt darauf an, die große Zahl von Ex-FARC-Kämpfern bei der Reintegration in die Gesellschaft zu unterstützen und den Friedensprozess gerade in dieser Situation zu stärken und weiterzuentwickeln.

“Diese Nachricht stärkt sicher denjenigen in Kolumbien den Rücken, die sich schon zuvor kritisch zum Friedensprozess geäußert haben”, so Peters. Auch in Hinblick auf die kommenden Kommunal- und Regionalwahlen im Oktober sei die FARC-Ankündigung Wasser auf den Mühlen der Hardliner.

Lesen Sie das DW-Interview mis Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters (Deutsche Welle Online, 30. August 2019). Quelle: []