CAPAZ and the Colombian Truth Commission host meetings on education and memory

CAPAZ and the Colombian Truth Commission host meetings on education and memory

Uno, dos, tres: al derecho y al revés. Education and memories to break the silence” is the name of the new CAPAZ cycle of online meetings organised in association with the Colombian Commission for the Clarification of Truth and supported by the Colombian Association of Historians. The sessions  will run on November 13, 19 and 26, 2020The events will be open to the public.


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The events provide an opportunity to exchange experiences from Germany, Colombia and other countries in Latin America, concerning the teaching and learning of history, truth and memory.

Alemania and the teaching of recent history

The first meeting will take place on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. (Colombian time), with simultaneous interpreting into Spanish.

Guest speaker, Thomas Krüger, President of the Federal Centre for Political Education will give his talk entitled: “Facing the past: Germany’s experience with political education”, in which he will share strategies and actions implemented in his country to address the past, aimed mainly at young audiences. The conversation with Mr. Krüger will be guided by educational coordinator at the Truth Commission Ana Cristina Navarro.

Photo: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb

How did German society overcome its silence in the face of the events of the Second World War and speak openly about its past, inside and outside the classroom? This is how Thomas Krüger explains it, based on the contribution of political education to this discussion:

“Political education does not convey “one” truth or the “right” interpretation of history, rather, it takes up social debates about the past and gives them new impetus. To counteract the relativisation and concealment of German crimes during the Second World War, [the bpb] draws on information based on [substantiated, supported] facts that render tangible the many ways in which Germans participated in National Socialism [,] or also the perspective of the victims. This allows students to think critically, ask questions, and investigate on their own”.

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Didactics of history: The German experience inside and outside the classroom
The second meeting will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (Colombia time), and will include a talk entitled: “The school remembers the past: teaching history and memory in Germany”. The talk will address aspects of the teaching of history and memory, both within and outside formal educational settings.

The event will be attended by CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor of Peace Studies at JLU Giessen, Stefan PetersTatjiana Louis, Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural Studies at Universidad de los Andes; and Alfons Kenkmann, renowned Professor of Historical Didactics at the University of Leipzig.

A dialogue with Latin America

The online cycle will end on Thursday, November 26, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. (Colombia time) with a round table discussion entitled: “Truth, memory and intercultural education in Latin America”. Participants will highlight contributions from Argentina, Chile and Peru on learning from the Latin American experience with the legacies of truth commissions, as well as the need for and importance of intercultural, anti-racist and gender-based education policies.

María Paula González, Professor of history at Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento (Argentina); Andrea Riedemann, postdoctoral researcher at the Centro de Estudios Interculturales e Indígenas (CIIR) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile), and José Carlos Agüero, historian, poet and researcher on memory and political violence, will be the guest speakers at this last event.

Download the press release including the cycle programme (.pdf, in Spanish)

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