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CALAS-FLACSO Platform for dialogue in Quito, Ecuador

Flyer of the event

The CAPAZ Institute’s Academic Director, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters has been invited to participate in the dialogue platform “The Persistence of Inequalities in Latin America“, organised by the Maria Sibylla Meran CALAS-Centro Regional Andes and the FLACSO-Ecuador Research Colloquium on Political Sociology. The event is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The event will take place on October 8-10, 2019 in Quito, Ecuador.

The central theme of the academic agenda revolves around inequalities in Latin America, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Participants will include researchers from universities and research centres in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor of Peace Studies at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters will be participating on Thursday, October 10, 2019 in Thematic Table 7: Territories, Socio-Spatial Hierarchies and Inequalities, with his presentation: “Social Inequalities in a Time of Neo-Extractivism in South America”.

Read the full programme for the Dialogue Platform (in Spanish)

More information and direct contact with event organisers:

PBX: (+593) 2 2946 800 (Ext. 2835)

Calle La Pradera E7-174 y Av. Diego de Almagro, Quito, Ecuador


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


Germany and Colombia promote citizen political education in Colombia

Participants in the forum. Photo: Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ

The forum “Citizen Political Education” gathered expert voices from Colombia and Germany around the same purpose: to strengthen citizen political education in Colombia. During the conference held on September 5, 2019 at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, participants were able to learn about academic reflections, practical initiatives, and future ideas on political and civic education in Colombia.

The event was organised by the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ and the Centro de Pensamiento Nicanor Restrepo Santamaría para la Reconstrucción Civil (CeNiRS) at Universidad Nacional, with support from the German Embassy in Colombia, the German cooperation agency GIZ in Colombia, and the AMBERO consortium, Commo Consult, and Ideaborn.

During the opening of the forum, representatives of the organising institutions agreed to extend an open invitation to different social, academic, political, and educational sectors to join the purpose of promoting political education in Colombia.

Opening of the event. Photo: Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ

CAPAZ Director Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters emphasized the contribution that citizen political education can make to strengthen democracy and peace. Luz Teresa Gómez de Mantilla, vice-rector of research at Universidad Nacional, highlighted the role of the university as a plural space for collective and open discussion on issues affecting society.

During the two afternoon panels, representatives from academia, civil society, and the education sector discussed the importance of citizen political education in Colombia and presented different experiences and proposals.

On the second day, there were three working groups that developed road maps to strengthen citizen political education in Colombia in the following areas: teacher training, series of publications, and elements for a consensus on the foundations of citizen political education.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Overwien’s lecture. Photo: Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ

Germany and “politische Bildung”

The academic foundations of the “politische Bildung” were presented by Prof. Dr. Bernd Overwien, from the University of Kassel, Germany. Prof. Overwien offered an approach to the term and its application in the contexts of German-speaking societies, dating back to the post-war years. Civic political education or politische Bildung in Germany has transcended the school environment, and its scope today includes different forms of civil society organisation.

You may also like: Civic education in Germany: Development and aspects of the current discussion (CAPAZ Working Paper written by Prof. Dr. Bernd Overwien, in Spanish) 

Thomas Krüger, president of the Federal Centre for Political Education (BpB), presented the work of the office he heads. The BpB reports to the German Ministry of the Interior and has been working since the 1950s to create, promote, and disseminate educational content and tools for various sectors of society.

Thomas Krüger, President of the BpB. Photo: Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ

The main purpose of the BpB is to inform and educate citizens not only about political life, but also about everyday and current issues such as the environment, conflicts in schools, working life, gender, and history. Large amounts of information are made available on its website and in a wide variety of print publications, for example around 500 books every year. More of 220 employers collaborate with the BpB in its headquarters in Bonn und Berlin.

“Political education is a task that needs to be fuelled daily”

For Thomas Krüger, the political education of citizens is a process that defends democracy and must adjust to the plurality of societies. According to Krüger, democracy requires democrats, and thus democracy must be part of a society’s formative and informative agenda. The promotion of democratic values should not be the exclusive task of political parties or actors.

In Germany, political education takes place in different fields: school, extracurricular or outside classrooms and also in the field of self-learning. The latter implies critical activism and willingness to self-qualify, which is typical of young people today.

Academic discourse is part of it, but it’s not everything

The challenge is to involve and maintain motivation among citizens, especially among young audiences. The Federal Centre for Citizen Political Education offers contents based on academic research, presented in formats such as didactic material, printed texts, games, online applications, audio-visual material, and contents in social networks.

“With different formats of content presentation, we seek to ‘ignite’ motivation and make audiences go from passive to active”, said the President of BpB. Actors with recognition and influence in society can also contribute to political education. The purpose of the BpB is precisely to reach audiences that are not familiar with political issues.

Thomas Krüger exchanged on civic education in other meetings, here with Sergio Fajardo. Photo: Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ

In Colombia the call is to dialogue

For Thomas Krüger, in Colombia, we have to look for new ways to overcome the conflict. In the current Colombian context, Krüger perceives the conflict as still very close, very present. He emphasised dialogue as a mechanism for overcoming polarisations and the conflict itself.

“Colombia must establish dialogue and put it above private interests. The current context of transition after the signing of the peace accords calls for individualism to be set aside, fertilising and caring for plurality. Political education is per se a process of dialogue that is built from different perspectives”.

Thomas Krüger highlighted the interest and commitment to citizen political education initiatives he has encountered during his visits to Colombia.

He highlighted, for example, initiatives in rural areas, associations of victims or indigenous communities. “Values such as solidarity, trust and mutual support allow us to overcome the discourses that persist in the idea of reproducing conflict”.

Thomas Krüger together with the Director and representative of CNMH. Photo: Carolina Cerón

Mr. Krüger’s visit to Colombia was also involved discussions on the role of citizen political education in the peace process and the strengthening of democracy. On the agenda, Mr. Krüger met with Colombian congressmen, the director of the National Centre of Historical Memory, Dr. Darío Acevedo Carmona, representatives of the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition (CEV), and Sergio Fajardo.


(Text: Claudia Maya. Revised by: Stefan Peters. English version: Tiziana Laudato)




Informations released about the forum:

Portal del DAAD Colombia

Facebook del DAAD Colombia

Agencia de Noticias de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia UNIMEDIOS

Portal del Centro de Pensamiento Nicanor Restrepo Santamaría para la Reconstrucción Civil (CeNiRS)

Boletín SIUN de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Twitter Centro Alemán de Información para América Latina (AA)

Facebook Alemania en Colombia (Embajada de Alemania en Colombia)

Portal Universitario Universidad de Antioquia en Medellín

Portal del PRIF/HSFK (en alemán)

Portal Kienyke

Revista Arcadia

¿Es la democracia el imperio de los ignorantes? (Columna del profesor Francisco Cortés de la Universidad de Antioquia en el diario El Colombiano de Medellín)

El problema no es el populismo, sino exceso de populismo (Entrevista a Thomas Krüger en la W Radio Colombia)


CAPAZ supports debate on candidates for Mayor of Bogotá


A debate with candidates for Mayor of Bogotá will take place on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Mario Laserna Auditorium at Universidad de los Andes for the electoral process of October of this year. Free admission.

Claudia López, Carlos Galán, Hollmann Morris and Miguel Uribe have been invited to the debate. The presentation will be given by the University Chancellor, Alejandro Gaviria.

The event is an invitation by CAPAZ, the Uniandino Student Council, and the Cross-Party Committee at Universidad de los Andes. The latter are initiatives of the university’s students, known as “circles of participation”.

The Student Council promotes the participation and representation of students from the University in their educational processes. The Cross-Party table promotes political debate among the students. Currently, the roundtable is made up of seven political parties (Mira, Centro Democrático, Partido Conservador, Alianza Verde, Partido Liberal, Polo Democrático and FARC, as well as two political movements: Colombia Humana and Movimiento Libertario).

Further information (Spanish)

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


CAPAZ Academic Director’s presentation at the Congress on Human Rights in Tunja


At 9.00 AM on Monday, September 23, 2019, in the VIII International Congress on Human Rights in Tunja, Boyacá, CAPAZ Academic Director Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters will present his paper entitled “Memory and Human Rights” during.

The congress will take place on 23 and 24 September 2019 at the Tunja headquarters of Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC).

The academic event is organised by the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of the university and is part of the extensive academic programme for the “XXV Semana del Derecho” which lasts until Friday, September 27, 2019, in commemoration of 25 years of the School.

The week’s events will include a forum on Sanctions and Contraventional Law, the National Congress of Criminal Law and an event commemorating one hundred years of the ILO. An academic event involving experts from Colombia and Brazil will also be held at the UPTC headquarters in Aguazul, specifically at the Casa de la Cultura.

All events are free admission (prior registration required).

See the general programme for the XXV Semana del Derecho in Tunja (in Spanish).

More information and direct contact with the UPTC School of Law:

(+578) 740 49 33 / 740 56 26 Ext. 2517, 2518


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


CAPAZ Director will participate in the CALAS Congress and Universidad de Costa Rica

Flyer promocional del Congreso en Costa Rica

CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor of Peace Studies at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters will attend the conference “Conflicts and Peace Processes in Central America in a Latin American Perspective“, organised by the Central American Centre for Historical Research at the School of Social Sciences of Universidad de Costa Rica and the Maria Sibylla Merian Centre for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS).

The congress will take place from 25 to 27 September 2019 in the UCAGRO auditorium at the School of Agrifood Sciences at the University of Costa Rica.

During the first day of the congress, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters will be one of the participants of the round table on conflicts and peace processes in Central America and their implications for Latin America, along with representatives of FLACSO Costa Rica and researchers from Costa Rica and El Salvador.

Professor Roberto González Arana from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, one of the CAPAZ partner institutions, will join the congress on the last day on Friday, September 27, 2019. Professor González will present his contribution “Challenges of peacebuilding in Colombia, three years after the Final Agreement”, in panel 4 on peace processes, socioeconomic change and environmental conflicts.

Read the programme (Spanish)

For more information and contact:


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


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.

Press release and further information (Spanish)

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


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)




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)


Politische Bildung in Kolumbien: Tagung des Instituto CAPAZ und der Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Das Deutsch-Kolumbianische Friedensinstitut – Instituto CAPAZ und das Centro de Pensamiento Nicanor Restrepo Santamaría der Universidad Nacional de Colombia (CeNiRS) führen am 5. September 2019 die Tagung Educación Política Ciudadana (Politische Bildung in Kolumbien) durch.

Die Veranstaltung, die von der Deutschen Botschaft in Kolumbien, der Kooperationsstelle GIZ, AMBERO, Commo Consult und Ideaborn unterstützt wird, findet an der Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá statt.

Auch nach der Unterzeichnung des Friedensabkommens ist die öffentliche Meinung in Kolumbien weiterhin stark polarisiert und beeinflusst die Entscheidungsfindungen kolumbianischer Bürgerinnen und Bürger. Auf diesem Hintergrund wird die Veranstaltung u.a. folgende Themen diskutieren:

  • Was versteht man unter politische Bildung in Kolumbien?
  • Welche Initiativen gibt es im Lande zu diesem Thema?
  • Welche Maßnahmen können ergriffen werden, um die Information, das Wissen, die Ausbildung und das Vertrauen der Bürgerinnen und Bürger in ihre öffentlichen Einrichtungen zu verbessern?
  • Wie können Wissenschaft, Medien, Gewerkschaften, Zivilgesellschaft und internationale Kooperation zur Verbesserung der politischen Bildung im Land beitragen?


Gäste aus Deutschland: Wissenschaft und die Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung

Am Donnerstag, den 5. September 2019, 8-17 Uhr findet im Auditorium des Gebäude Rogelio Salmona an der Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá die Diskussionsveranstaltung statt. Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos.

Thomas Krüger, Präsident der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (BpB) und Prof. Dr. Bernd Overwien (Universität Kassel) sind aus Deutschland zu Gast eingeladen. Beide werden über die deutsche Erfahrung für den Aufbau und die Stärkung der politischen Bildung und Demokratie liefern.

Politische Bildung in Kolumbien

Expertinnen und Experten des kolumbianischen Bildungsministeriums, der Universidad Nacional de Colombia und Organisationen wie DeJusticia werden einen Überblick über die politische Bildung in Kolumbien geben.

Anschließend wird auf zwei Panels über Praktiken, Chancen und Herausforderungen der politischen Bildung in Kolumbien diskutiert. Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der Politik, Lehrer- und Schulverbände, zivilgesellschaftlicher Organisationen und Agenturen für internationale Kooperation werden an der Diskussion teilnehmen.

Lesen Sie das Programm der Tagung (Spanisch)


Tagung: Educación Política Ciudadana – Donnerstag, 5. September 2019, 8:00 – 17:00 Uhr. Auditorio Edificio Rogelio Salmona, Universidad Nacional in Bogotá. Öffentliche Veranstaltung (Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos)

Nota de prensa (español) / Pressemitteilung (Deutsch)



Instituto CAPAZ:

Presse Instituto CAPAZ:

CeNiRS: Website /