Open call for proposals: Oral Archivo 28A – First Person Experiences and Resistance
The beginning of the so-called social outburst on April 28, 2021 reactivated political agendas forged in the National Strike of 2019 -21N- and in the social mobilisations that arose in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020. With this, Colombian citizens witnessed the emergence of a renewed sense of dignity and hope that brought with it a massive citizen deployment that expressed people’s indignation at a specific event such as the tax reform proposed by the government of President Iván Duque and which diverse demands and social sectors throughout the national territory joined. We also shared feelings of anxiety and anguish at the growing violence that flooded the protest scenarios. News of brutal state repression expressed in numerous human rights violations that included physical, homicidal, sexual violence, illegal detentions, and eye attacks, among others, began to flood the screens of our electronic devices, conversations, and all areas of everyday life.
In this context, 28 stories were compiled and turned into episodes for the first season of the Archivo 28A podcast: first-person experiences and resistances. In this set of micro-stories and diverse voices lies a hermeneutic potential to interpret social mobilisation based on empathy. They also have the potential to create a counter-narrative aimed at counteracting and dismantling the hate speeches fuelled by the stigmatisation and discursive construction of the otherness of vandalism, terrorism, or the enemy, with which some social sectors and, in particular, the Government tried to criminalize social protest, while, at the same time justify, their own violent and disproportionate responses.
With this in mind, CAPAZ has teamed up with the Archivo 28A team, the Espacio, Tecnología y Participación -ESTEPA- research centre at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and the Institute for Latin American Studies -LAI- at the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), to jointly produce the second season of our podcast, entitled Emerging Memories: Six Speculative Trajectories. In this season, we intend to continue our work on active listening and memory, exploring its multi-temporal and metaphorical character in six episodes or routes from which we propose to transit through a tumultuous present. The new episodes will discuss the events associated with the National Strike in the context of collective practices necessary to learn to live together. This document is an invitation to join us in the construction of these paths or episodes and it presents the guidelines of this open call.
Purpose of the call
To select six (6) stories to make up the second season of the Archivo 28A podcast entitled “Emerging memories: Six Speculative Trajectories”. The premise of this second season of the podcast is to create a forum to disseminate stories or “speculative trajectories” that conjure up the creation of possible worlds formed by everyday stories and that fall into the categories that we propose here as “necessary practices for learning to live together” (see the subtitle categories for this call). These categories have been proposed by the Archivo team based on the interpretation and reflection around the social mobilisation processes that were structured around the National Strike 2021 and that were explored in the first season of the Archivo 28A Podcast.
Who does the call target?
The invitation to create stories or “speculative trajectories” is for researchers, creators (musicians, artists, etc.), research groups, and social and artistic collectives interested in telling stories referenced in one of the categories proposed here and through which they want to share their vision of a possible world through sound media, i.e., narration (fable, tale, myth), poetry, music, soundscapes, etc.
The call will be open between April 28 and May 21 (10:00 p.m.). Members of our task force will select the candidates and the results will be published on June 3, 2022. The following documentation will be required:
1- Application form presenting the proposal, selecting the practice/category applicable and specifying the type of narration and/or sound format that will be used to develop the story. Click here for the application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdPKb9nphzAhmyHjhT14LClPTj2Em2oF61g1_tZP8M-BJ6jIA/viewform
2- Summary (no more than 1000 characters) of the proposed story.
3- Draft script or written outline of the moments that make up the story.
4- Resumé of the project coordinator and participants, plus supports (links or screenshots) that indicate the work trajectory of the collective or organisation they represent.
Note: the deadline for applications is 10:00 p.m. on May 21, 2022.