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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


Activities in Caquetá and Huila included in the exploratory study on the reintegration of former combatants

Workshop in Montañita. Photo David Murcia

On March 21, 2019, German and Colombian researchers visited Huila and Caquetá, in Southwest Colombia.  Through workshops and meetings, they identified models of social reintegration for former FARC-EP guerrilla combatants, and some of the dynamics occurring with the communities in the reintegration process.

The activities were led by Solveig Richter (University of Erfurt, Germany), Andrés Restrepo (Centro de Estudios Regionales del Sur – CERSUR), and David Murcia (Instituto Alfredo Vázquez Carrizosa, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), as part of the CAPAZ-supported exploratory study “Cooperation or confrontation? Exploring the link between the former FARC-EP guerrilla combatants and the communities affected by the conflict during the reintegration process”.

Workshop at ETCR in Montañita, Caquetá

A workshop was held to socialise the needs, identify conflicts, and create networks of dialogue near Montañita (Caquetá), home to the Territorial Training and Reincorporation Space (ETCR) Héctor Ramírez. The participants included representatives from local authority boards of nearby settlements. The ETCR has influenced the local community through development and cooperation projects, thanks to which work opportunities have been created. Nevertheless, there is much scepticism with respect to the future of the peace agreements and government decisions.

COOAGROPAZ members together with researchers. Photo David Murcia


The second reintegration model visited was the COOAGROPAZ cooperative, an organisation created by former FARC-EP guerrilla combatants, whose purpose is to support entrepreneurship and local development initiatives. In the meeting, the organisation’s founding members highlighted the need to change their reintegration model to one that is uncoupled from political decisions, in which the private sector can participate, and inclusive economic policies can be promoted.

ASOPROPAZ. Photo David Murcia


The third reintegration model visited is being developed in Algeciras (Huila). In this area, deeply divided by violence, ASOPROPAZ, an organisation formed by former FARC-EP guerrilla combatants, works on local development projects, in particular poultry farming. Participants in the workshop held there manifested their concerns about the future of the reintegrated former combatants and the political and social threats to which they are exposed. This situation may affect the post agreement stage in structural terms.

(Text by David Murcia. Revised by Claudia Maya).


“Building bridges is no easy task”

Photo Andrea Cagua

The event held on March 13 though 15, 2019 at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá was called “Memory, Academia and Civil Society: Building Bridges”. It was organised by the Uniandes, CAPAZ, the MemoriAL network, and the German Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, as part of the CAPAZ supported exploratory study called “Memory, Academia, and Society”.

The purpose of the event was to review and re-establish the role of academia in the multiple initiatives aimed at building historical memory of Colombia’s recent past.

The discussions developed through three thematic axes: the cultural products in relation with memory, the asymmetries in the production of knowledge on memory, and pedagogical and academic practices.

Through presentations, panels, and workshops, horizontal debate took place to build bridges –alluding to the title of the events- between the knowledge produced in academic spaces and that which is produced among civil society.

The activity brought together a diverse group of participants, including professors, researchers, people dedicated to music, and archive and museum management, members of the Armed Forces, demobilised people, activists, and peasants.

Photo Claudia Maya

The sessions shed light on the fact that academia still needs to open itself up and integrate other realities and types of knowledge when it comes to building historical memory. Although the academic sphere holds great responsibility as the producer of knowledge, it is far from being the only place in which to teach and learn about the past.

Building bridges is not an easy task and maintaining them is even more difficult. In order to continue this process, a trans media platform is being designed on which to share part of the experiences gathered during the event, and to open new pathways of exploration and reflection on the topic. In the second semester of 2019, it is expected to open the platform to the public.

(Text by Andrea Cagua. Revised by Claudia Maya).




On April 26, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the engineering auditorium at Universidad de Ibagué, will take place the seminar and workshop “Conflict, communication and mental health”, on empathic audiovisual methodology to be implemented during the recovery process of the victims of the armed conflict in Colombia.

The seminar and workshop is an activity part of the exploratory study supported by CAPAZ and coordinated from Universidad de Ibagué, entitled “Development of 4 of the 12 exploratory phases for the design and creation of the Centre of Audio-visual Memory for Peace in Tolima”.

In January 2019 a first event was held in the development of this exploratory study. This time, the participants will meet again to socialize the methodology built during that first experience.

Please confirm your participation here until 12:00 on April 24, 2019.

Further information (in Spanish)




We are pleased to share some pictures of the theatrical experience in Quinchía (Photos sent by Profesor Berón Ospina).


The community of Quinchía, a municipality located in Risaralda (Colombia) attended on March 24, 2019 the theatrical experience “Por hoy: relatos en tiempos de paz”, with the participation of community members under the supervision of the Colombian actress Reina Sánchez.

The theatrical experience resulted of the exploratory study supported by the CAPAZ Institute “Persistence of community bonds and construction of memory and peace processes”, with the participation of Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (UTP)Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) and KU Eichstätt-Ingoldstadt in Germany, and coordinated by researchers Alberto Berón Ospina, Jefferson Jaramillo Marín and Thomas Fischer.