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“Colombia Days” at the University of Jena

Researchers from a number of universities along with representatives of various organisations will meet at the “Colombia Days” congress to be held on May 27 and 28, 2019 at the University of Jena, Germany.

The event is organised by the Centre for Reconciliation Studies, Jena, in cooperation with other institutions, including the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ.

The topic for this year is the implementation of the peace agreements in the current context of uncertainty in Colombia. Admission is free and open to the interested public.

The participants include Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter (Willy Brandt School of Public Policy), who represents the University of Erfurt as an associate member of the CAPAZ Institute consortium. In the first panel session on May 27, Professor Richter will present her paper on post-conflict transformations in Colombia and the reincorporation of former combatants.

The next day, researcher Dr. Luis Berneth Peña (JCRS, University of Jena and Universidad Externado de Colombia) will present a synthesis of his working paper, to be published soon by CAPAZ, and which deals with territorial peace, from the moral and geographical imaginary of social movements in Colombia.

The academic programme includes presentations by researchers and experts in peace and conflict studies from prestigious universities such as Universität Innsbruck (Austria), the University of Erfurt (Germany), the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), the University of Jena, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), and the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia).

Other participants include representatives of the Truth Commission (CEV) and the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation (PARES) in Colombia.

“Colombia Days. The implementation of peace agreements in Colombia: Peace is not felt but the hope is kept”:


Senatssaal, University Main Building, Fürstengraben 1, D-Jena


Schiller’s Gartenhaus, Schillergäßchen 2, D-Jena

More information (in English)



Experiencias en gestión pacífica de conflictos y construcción de cultura de paz


La Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Medellín, Colciencias y la Corporación Región invitan al evento sobre resolución pacífica de conflictos y construcción de una cultura de paz, durante el cual se reunirán representantes de la academia y de iniciativas sociales de construcción de paz en diferentes regiones de Colombia.

Entrada libre, previa inscripción. Descargue el programa del evento (en español)

El evento pretende ser un espacio para el reconocimiento y el intercambio entre investigadoras e investigadores, así como representantes de diferentes experiencias territoriales de paz desarrolladas por organizaciones y comunidades en zonas urbanas y rurales de Colombia como Medellín, el municipio de Granada (Antioquia) o el departamento del Putumayo.

Miércoles, 22 de mayo de 2019 – 2:00 p.m. a 5:45 p.m. – UPB, Campus Laureles – Medellín, Colombia

Auditorio Pío XII, bloque 6, segundo piso (Ingreso a la Universidad con cédula de ciudadanía o pasaporte)



Regional Thought in the Post-Agreement Forum

“Building territories of peace in the Amazon and Orinoco foothills” is the title of the Regional Thought in the Post-Agreement Forum, which will take place from 22 to 24 May 2019 in Neiva, capital of the department of Huila.

During the three days of the event, various aspects of territorial peace will be debated in thematic conversations, to be held in different venues in the city, such as the Departmental Library and in the auditoriums of the Universidad Surcolombiana (USCO), as well as the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, Neiva headquarters.

Dr. Carlos Nupia, Administrative Director of the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, will participate as a panelist in thematic conversation 6 entitled: “City – region territorial dialogue. Building organic networks of knowledge and political-academic action”. The conversation will take place on May 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Olga Tony Vidales Auditorium – USCO).

The forum is an initiative of multiple centres of social and political studies that encourage public reflection together with various actors, on the materialisation of the so-called territorial peace and the current status of the implementation of the peace agreements, signed in 2016, in the region of the Amazonian and Orinoco foothills, including the departments of Huila, Caquetá, Putumayo and Meta.

Download the Regional Thought in the Post-Agreement Forum programme (in Spanish).


International Workshop on the peace process in Colombia at the Willy Brandt School in Erfurt

Photo: personal archive

From 23th to 25th April of 2019, researchers from Colombia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom participated in the International Workshop entitled “The peace process in Colombia: Security Reconfigurations and International Responses”. The workshop took place at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at Erfurt University, associate member of the German-Colombian Peace Institute CAPAZ.

The workshop was implemented in cooperation with the network Rodeemos el Diálogo, ReD (Let’s surround us with dialogue) between researchers from the UK and Colombia. It was organized by Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter as part of her research on post-conflict transformations in Colombia.

The workshop focused on the reincorporation process of more than 10.000 former FARC combatants. Other topics were the security on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, the substitution program of illegal crops, the new configurations of natural resource management in Colombia and new peace education.

The participants agreed to publish a public declaration about the current uncertainties regarding the peace process, notably about the economic and security situation of demobilized former FARC combatants.

During the workshop, Andrei Gómez-Suarez conducted his lecture entitled “Civil Society Support and Transnational Peacebuilding: Between Democracy Promotion and Political Interference”. Gómez-Suarez is associate researcher on Memory and Reconciliation at University of Bristol, honorary senior associate researcher at the UCL Institute of the Americas and founder of the academic network Rodeemos el DiálogoReD. He argued that changes at the top political level, namely the election of president Trump in the US and president Duque in Colombia, negatively affected the implementation of the Final Agreement at the local level.

Photo: personal archive

On Tuesday, 23th April took place the Café Internacional. The students of the Erfurt University were invited to this cultural activity about traditions from different countries. Colombia shared typical Colombian food and snacks. The documentary Chocolate de Paz was screened, followed by a discussion with its director Gwen Burnyeat (Documentary available online).

The workshop was financially supported by the Leibniz Foundation and the Research Network on External Democracy Promotion (EDP). Download the program of the workshop (Spanish).

(Text by Johana Botia Díaz and Solveig Richter, revised by Claudia Maya).


Call for admissions in 2019 for the Master Program at Willy Brandt School

The Master of Public Policy program (MPP) at the Willy Brandt School at Erfurt University in Germany offers students the flexibility to build their own curriculum around the core mandatory classes.

The Willy Brandt School trains young academics and professionals who strive to be the future leaders in the public service, including government agencies, international organizations, and the non-profit sector.

Study Public Policy in an international environment at Germany’s oldest Public Policy School! The MPP is a fully accredited, two-year interdisciplinary degree program taught in English. Specialize in:

  • Conflict Studies and Management
  • International Affairs
  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • European Public Policy
  • International Political Economy


Application form at:


Deadlines: June 15, 2019 (Non-EU nationals) and September 1, 2019 (EU-nationals)


This call is not coordinated by the CAPAZ Institute. If you have any questions or want to apply, please contact to the Willy Brandt School directly.


Further information:

Tel: +49-361-7374646 / / Facebook: /  Twitter: #brandtschool


Call for courses on drugs and drug policy in the Andean Area

The Centro de Estudios sobre Seguridad y Drogas (CESED) at Universidad de los Andes invites those interested to participate in the call for applications for the course on drugs and drug policy in the Andean Area, co-financed by the Open Society Foundation.

The purpose of the course goes beyond raising awareness of the issue among people who work specifically on drug policy. It is also intended, based within different disciplines, to analyse the different aspects of illicit crops, the drug policies of the Andean countries and Mexico, the lessons learned and the challenges that persist.

Registration deadline: 25 May 2019.

Selected participants will be informed as of May 31, 2019, through a letter of admission to the programme. For the selection of half scholarship applicants, in Colombia, priority will be given to people from regions, indigenous people and Afro-descendants. Those interested in obtaining a scholarship should complete the online form available.

We thank you in advance for not sending your applications to CAPAZ, as the Institute is not the organiser for this call. Any questions should be sent directly to the organisation.

More information (in Spanish) / Contact:


Screening and discussion session on documentary “A recomponer”

The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, the Universidad del Rosario, the Universidad de los Andes and the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) at freie Universität Berlin are pleased to invite to the screening and discussion session on the documentary “A recomponer” (2018), directed by Patricia Ayala Ruiz.

The documentary tells the story of two former FARC-EP combatants, who laid down their arms and found a new way of life in music.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Auditorium 3, building Nuevo Claustro, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá

This event is one of the activities of the exploratory study supported by CAPAZ entitled: “Between rifles and accordions: a database of music produced by FARC-EP (1988-2018)”. It is coordinated by Professor Rafael Camilo Quishpe (Faculty of Jurisprudence at Universidad del Rosario).

Admission is free, prior registration is required.

More information and previous registration


III Networking meeting on Education, Science and Technology between Colombia and Germany

Dr. Carlos Nupia, Administrative Director of the Colombian-German Peace Institute – CAPAZ, will participate in the third Colombian-German networking meeting with a focus on education, science and technology.

The event will take place on May 13 and 14, 2019, at the Botanical Gardens in Bogota, Colombia.

The event is designed to promote the active exchange between Colombia and Germany, focused on university and academic cooperation with the aspiration to advance a roadmap in those fields for the period of 2019-2021.

The network meeting is a diplomatic mechanism to deepen the bilateral relations in areas such as academic cooperation, science, technology and education, as well as to define and explore future agendas between countries.

Dr Nupia will participate in this space alongside officials from several German institutions, such as: Ministry of Education (BMBF); German Embassy in Colombia; DAAD- German Academic Exchange Service; HGF- The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres; DFG – German Research Association; Max Planck Society; Leibniz Association; Colombo-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce; Freie Universität Berlin and the Botanical Gardens as well as the Botanical Museum Berlin.

Agenda (in Spanish).


The dilemmas of victims’ participation in Transitional Justice: The case of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) in Colombia


Juliette Vargas (LL.M.), Scientific Collaborator of the German-Colombian Peace Institute CAPAZ, will hold her lecture entitled “Dilemmas of victims’ participation in Transitional Justice: The case of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) in Colombia” on May 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place in the Seminar Room of the Criminal Law Library at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Admission is free.

The lecture is organized by the Research Centre for Latin American Criminal and Procedural Law (CEDPAL) at the University of Göttingen and in collaboration with CAPAZ. Juliette Vargas is a researcher at both institutions and a doctoral candidate at CEDPAL/University of Göttingen.

The talk is part of the a series of events with the thematic focus on “Current Issues in Iberian and International Latin American Criminal Law”, organized by CEDPAL, with the aim of disseminating the work of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking researchers amongst German academics, as well as promoting the exchange and networking opportunities of academics who come from different academic cultures and backgrounds.

Lecture by Juliette Vargas at the University of Göttingen:

Seminar Room of the Criminal Law Library, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5 (Blauer Turm), 4th Floor (3rd Floor entrance), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Further information:

CEDPAL (Chair of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Kai Ambos, Room 4.106) /



The seminar, “Writing to heal, understand, and make memories” will be held on Friday May 10, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium in Block 17 at Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín. Entry is free. To register, please go to:

The seminar is part of the exploratory study supported by CAPAZ and coordinated by Prof. María Orfaley Ortiz (Universidad de Antioquia), on the possibility of using autobiographical writing as a mechanism of subjective reparation and memory building. The participants of this study were women who had been victims of the political violence in Medellín.

Below are some of the reflections of Prof. María Orfaley Ortiz on the advances of the exploratory study.


Writing to heal, understand, and make memories

People suffer great losses in the midst of violence, and these somehow limit and engender instability in their lives. But many victims find ways to overcome their situations. Through creative processes such as writing, they are able to begin journeys through which to work on what happened to them, give meaning to their past, and dream of a different future.

In the research group “Psychology, Society, and Subjectivities”, which operates within the Department of Psychology at Universidad de Antioquia, we are currently working on two research projects following this line:

The study called: “Political effects of subjectivation on victims of violence who participate in writing processes”, and the exploratory study: “Autobiographical writing, subjective reparation, and memory building in women victims of the violence”, supported by the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ and in collaboration with researchers and professors Mauricio Hernando Bedoya and Victoria Díaz Faciolince.

Based on these studies, it has been possible for us to comprehend that societies (in their collective dimension) and people (individually) need to understand what happened to them, not in order to erase it, but rather to feel that they are subjects who can begin to construct their own way forward.

To heal wounds requires enabling and supportive spaces and strategies. These spaces that are open to memory, to bonds of solidarity, to reconsidering experiences in the company of others, are fundamental to a society that is attempting to build peace.

In our research, the victims’ writing is approached as a political practice, insofar as it enables them to “construct” themselves, it provides a space of freedom, and a way of resisting and influencing the environment.

It gives them a chance to heal, to understand what has happened, but also to communicate and share their experiences. In this respect, people understand that what they have endured means something to others, and that through their act of writing they create awareness and contribute to the construction of the memory of their country.

(Text by María Orfaley Ortiz. Revised by: Claudia Maya).


For more information:

Tels: (+574) 2195765 / (+574) 2195965

Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín – Colombia