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Visit by binational master’s students from CAPAZ universities

The group from Germany during his visit at CAPAZ. Foto: Claudia Maya/CAPAZ

A group of eleven students, including ten from Germany and one Colombian student visited the CAPAZ office in Bogotá on September 13, 2019.

The students are part of the first cohort of the binational master’s programme entitled “Conflict, Memory and Peace”, a cooperation project between Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany) and Universidad del Rosario (Colombia). The institutions are associate member and founding member of the CAPAZ Institute, respectively. The programme includes the curriculum and an internship in Colombia during the second academic year.

The group was accompanied by Laura Camila Barrios, coordinator of the master’s program at the Universidad del Rosario, and Carolina Galindo, professor at the School of Human Sciences and CAPAZ spokeswoman.

The visit to CAPAZ had two main objectives: to learn about the work of the institute’s cooperation platform and, in that respect, to explore possibilities of academic cooperation with the master’s program.

When visiting the CAPAZ office in Claustro de San Agustín, the students also visited the photo exhibition “El Testigo” by Jesús Abad Colorado.


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


CAPAZ in the German Week at UTP Pereira

The Administrative Director of CAPAZ, Dr. Carlos Nupia, will present the lecture entitled “University, International Cooperation and Peacebuilding: the case of the Institute CAPAZ” as part of the programme of the German Week organized by Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (UTP).

Dr. Nupia’s presentation will take place on October 30, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Teatro de Bellas Artes de Risaralda de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. Admission is free.

The lecture will present different cooperation models implemented by Colombian universities for supporting the implementation of peace in Colombia. It will also explain the institutional structure of CAPAZ and the cooperation opportunities it offers.

The German Week includes performances and conferences about relevant topics on the German-Colombian academic cooperation.

Further information about the German Week in UTP on the UTP Website (in Spanish).

(Text: Carlos Nupia).




The XXII Colombian Geography Congress will be officially opened tomorrow, Tuesday, October 22, 2019, with the panel entitled “A Geography for Peacebuilding”. The event will take place at the Jorge Enrique Molina Auditorium, of the Teatro México at Universidad Central in Bogotá. The panel will include the participation of the Academic Director of the CAPAZ Institute, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, who will alternate with renowned academics in the field of Colombian geography such as professors Darío Fajardo and Gustavo Montañez, among others. The event is public and will begin at 2:00 p.m.

The Colombian Geography Congress is the ultimate academic event on Colombian geography and is organised by the Colombian Geography Association (ACOGE), the Colegio Profesional de Geógrafos, the Department of Geography of Universidad Nacional de Colombia, the Geography program at Universidad Externado de Colombia, the Specialization in Geography and Environmental Management of the Territory at Universidad Central, the inter-institutional group Geopaideia (UPN and UDFJC) and Universidad de Córdoba.

It is worth noting that as part of its exploratory studies, CAPAZ has promoted the consideration of a critical geography that responds to the challenges posed by the peace process. Hence the importance of supporting this congress, a key milestone for research into peace and conflict from a socio-space perspective.

Opening Panel

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Place: Jorge Enrique Molina Auditorium, Teatro México – Calle 22 No. 5-85, Bogotá

Time: 2:00 – 6:00 p. m.

More information about the congress here


(Text: Valentina Pardo, Carlos Nupia, English version: Tiziana Laudato).


II International Symposium “Memory and Peacebuilding in Colombia”

Photo: “Antígonas: Tribunal de Mujeres”

The second international symposium “Memory and Peacebuilding in Colombia” will be held at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Germany) on November 27-29, 2019. The CAPAZ Institute Academic Director, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, will discuss the issue of social inequality in Colombia with the Colombian expert Alejandro Reyes Posada.

The second symposium continues the reflection on peacebuilding and memory reconstruction processes begun in 2017 when the first version of the event was held. On this occasion, the symposium will focus on analysing the consequences of violence for Colombian society, its social fabric and collective imaginary, and forms of reparation through social and cultural initiatives and memory reconstruction initiatives created by the civilian population supported by various national and international organisations and institutions.

Given that Colombia currently has to deal with new forms of violence that have emerged following the signing of the peace agreements with the FARC in 2016, this second symposium is conceived as a space for dialogue between representatives of Colombian society and different German institutions, providing opportunities for academic exchange and strengthening Colombian democracy.

The implementation of the agreements has itself been a fragile process that reflects the existing socio-political polarisation in the country, as a result of a society traumatised by decades of violence and crisis in the development of forms of collective mourning, truth and reconciliation. The long process of transition towards peace in Colombia requires the participation of different actors with different experiences, memories, expectations, and needs.

 Agenda (in Spanish)

Blog (Spanish/German)


II Symposium “Memory and Peacebuilding in Colombia”
November 27, 28 and 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Agenda)
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Westend Campus, IG, Classroom 311


(Text: Valentina Pardo. English version: Tiziana Laudato)


Conferences in Hamburg on social inequalities and land issues in Colombia



The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, Universität Hamburg, and AStA extend an invitation to those interested to the event “Soziale Ungleichheiten und die Landfrage: Herausforderung für den kolumbianischen Friedensprozess” (Social Inequalities and the Land Question: Challenges for the Peace Process in Colombia).

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Universität Hamburg, Germany (WiWi-Bunker, Von-Melle-Park 5, Hamburg, Raum WiWi 0029). Admission is free.

The Colombian peace process is currently beset by difficulties. The debate focuses, above all, on certain points of the Final Agreement. However, one central feature with respect to Colombia remains neglected: extreme social inequalities.

The CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters will analyse the challenges for stable and lasting peace in Colombia from the perspective of inequality.

Diana Carolina Sanabria Ramírez (University of Konstanz) will address land distribution as one of the most representative examples of inequality in Colombia. The concentration of productive land in the hands of a few was one of the triggers of the conflict and still represents a challenge for the Colombian State.

The event is part of the agenda for the “Otoño Latinoamericano” festival, organised by the EU-LAC Foundation (Website).


More information and contact:

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


Pedagogies of truth: CAPAZ-Javeriana doctoral seminar



The Doctoral Programme in Social and Human Sciences at Pontifical Javeriana University (PUJ) and the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ – invite those interested to the “Pedagogies of Truth” conference.

The conference will take place on October 15, 22 and 29, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Bogotá (Edificio Fernando Barón, SJ, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana). Admission is free.

The seminar will discuss the following questions, among others: what is the role of the final reports in a society that is trying to overcome a violent past? How are the documents that record violations of human rights appropriated pedagogically? How can these reports be answered, socialised and/or taught when the team that formed the Commission has dissolved? Can the final reports permeate the fibbers of the society in transition? What are the spaces and vehicles that can make this permeability possible?

See the seminar programme (in Spanish).



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


“Contemporary art in public space and collective memory”: Third Session Cátedra UIS-CAPAZ



The inauguration for the third part of the Peace, Coexistence, and Citizenship course run at Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS) will take place on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the UIS facilities in Bucaramanga (Agora Auditorium of the Faculty of Human Sciences).

This part of the course is called «Contemporary art in public space and collective memory», and it will focus on monuments as representation and transformation of the imaginary in the elaboration of new memories and in the representation of the past, without memory being reduced to a social inscription and symbolic construction.

Assistant Professor at the Department of Art, Universidad de los Andes, Edgar Guzmanruiz, and Professor at Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Fabio Castro Bueno will be the guest speakers.

The course will run from 27 September to 13 December 2019. The course is a CAPA-supported initiative implemented by UIS, specifically the Academic Vice-Chancellor’s Office, the School of Economics and Administration and the Oral Archive of Memory of Victims (AMOVI). UIS is one of the associate members of the CAPAZ Institute.


More information and contact: 

Peace, Coexistence, and Citizenship



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




The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, FLACSO Ecuador, its Department of International Studies and Communication, the research group on ‘Peace and Conflict’, and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung FES-ILDIS invite those interested to the round table: “The Challenges for Colombia in the Post-Agreement Years”.

The event will take place on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at FLACSO headquarters in Quito, Ecuador (FLACSO Hemicycle (basement 1), Calle La Pradera E7-174 and Av. Diego de Almagro).

CAPAZ Director, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters; Wolf Grabendorff, director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES); and Mónica Figueroa, master’s student at FLACSO Ecuador, will be present at the event moderated by Cécile Mouly, research professor at FLACSO Ecuador.

The Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) as a social science entity that creates spaces for reflection and promotes social development has been supporting Latin American countries since 1956. FLACSO conducts various academic activities: teaching, research, dissemination, academic extension and technical cooperation.

For more information / Contact:

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


Memory, silence and (non-)memory: Second session of the UIS course

Flyer of the second session of Cátedra UIS-CAPAZ


The second part of the Peace, Coexistence and Citizenship course will be held at Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS) in Bucaramanga (Agora Auditorium of the Faculty of Human Sciences) on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. The title of the new session is “Memory, silence and (non-)memory“.

The guest experts include CAPAZ Academic Director and professor at the Justus Liebig University Giessen Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, and Daniel Castillo, researcher at the UIS and the Archivo Oral de Memoria de las Víctimas (AMOVI).

The second part of the course will address the other side of memory, that is, (non-)memory and silence in its various forms, as well as the current approaches to (non-)memory and its contribution to peace and reconciliation.

By emphasising the concept of (non-)memory, this session links memory studies with studies on social inequalities and emphasises the power relations that are manifested in memories as much as they are in silence and (non-)memory.

The course Cátedra de Paz is an initiative of Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS) -one of the CAPAZ associate members-, specifically the Academic Vice-Chancellor’s Office, the School of Economics and Administration, and the Archivo Oral de Memoria de las Víctimas (AMOVI), and is supported by CAPAZ. The course begins on September 27 and ends on December 13, 2019.

We share the streaming of the second session (On the Facebook Profile of the  UIS).


For more information and contact:

Peace, Coexistence and Citizenship

Instituto CAPAZ:      


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


Peace, Coexistence and Citizenship course at UIS


The Peace, Coexistence and Citizenship course at Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS) will begin on Friday, September 27, 2019 with the inaugural session, with Saúl Franco, Commissioner of the Truth Clarification Commission (CEV) and Juan Manuel Sánchez Osorio, Officer at the Information Analyse Group (GRAI) at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) as guests.

For this year, the main goal for the course is to highlight the role of historical memory in peacebuilding.

The course is an initiative implemented by CAPAZ and UIS, specifically the Academic Vice-Chancellor’s Office, the School of Economics and Administration and the Oral Archive of Memory of Victims (AMOVI). UIS is one of the associate members of the CAPAZ Institute.


From September to December 2019, the course will offer twelve sessions during which at least two guest experts -either internal or external members of the UIS- will participate. Each session will be disseminated through the university’s institutional media.

To join the course, students will be enrolled by the UIS School of Economics and Administration. They will be able to access the audio-visual material and the texts of each session on the Moodle platform, which will also be used to develop and evaluate the activities.

Memory: the road to peacebuilding

The Peace course follows the institutional guidelines of the UIS. It is conceived as an academic space for the recognition and construction of the historical memory of the conflict, taking into account the perspective of the victims as a central axis.

Institutions, academia, NGOs and civil society have worked on building historical memory from the voices of the victims. But, the work has been mainly led by the victims themselves, with a view to seeking participatory paths towards truth, justice, and reparation.

The course is open to the university community with a view to allowing it to approach the realities of victims of the conflict and peacebuilders.

Sessions (Thematic agenda subject to change):

September 2019:

27.09.             Institutional Framework for Peace (Inaugural Session)

October 2019:

04.10.            Memory, silence and oblivion

11.10.             Monuments as representation

18.10.             Culture and media of memory

25.10.             Youth, memory and conflict

November 2019:

01.11.             Memory of the Spanish Civil War

08.11.            Women’s participation and gender approach

15.11.             Amnesty Law

22.11.             The participation of victims

29.11.             Special Jurisdiction for Peace

December 2019:

06.12.             Peacebuilding by minorities

13.12.             Memory, photography and reconciliation


More information and contact:

Cátedra de paz, convivencia y ciudadanía:

Instituto CAPAZ:


(Text: Claudia Maya. Englisch version: Tiziano Laudato)