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Publications

This section shows our latest publications in the four categories newsletter/SIE, policy brief, working papers and worth readings

¡Hay votos! ¿Y ciudadanía?

Under the general picture given by the Ombudsman’s early warning for the elections on October 27, Carlos Chica, director of the radio program “¿Por qué será?!“, proposes a conversation with an analytical approach to the risks that this announcement represents for electoral candidates.

Thus, from the 404 Master Classroom of the Santo Tomás University in Bogotá, Carlos and the guests of the program talk about different matters related to the situation such as the basic concept of citizen political culture, the differences between elections of a society and citizen political culture and their contribution to forms of government and the electoral system.

We invite you to listen to these podcasts of the National Radio of Colombia (RTVC), in which the Academic Director of the CAPAZ Institute, Stefan Peters participated as a guest.

Imagen tomada de RTVC

Imagen tomada de RTVC

 

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Rueda la pelota para hablar de paz en Unibagué

Portal web El Nuevo Día

El periódico regional del departamento El Tolima, “El nuevo día” reseñó el evento “Reincorporación de excombatientes, paz territorial y reconciliación. Claves para el futuro del proceso de paz en Colombia”, organizado por el Instituto CAPAZ, la Misión de Verificación de Naciones Unidas en Colombia, la Universidad de Ibagué, en asocio con la Universidad del Tolima.

El encuentro entre representantes de comunidades locales, organismos internacionales y academia tendrá lugar los días 19 y 20 de septiembre de 2019 en la Universidad de Ibagué. El evento conmemora el Día Internacional de la Paz, que se celebra cada 21 de septiembre en todo el mundo.

Más información sobre el evento (en español)

Lea el artículo completo en el periódico regional “El nuevo día” (En español, 19.09.2019. Recuperado de: [https://bit.ly/2lZASOJ]).

 

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“A DEMOCRATIC STATE MUST RECOGNISE THE WORK OF SOCIAL LEADERS”: THOMAS KRÜGER

Website El Espectador

Thomas Krüger, President of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education, spoke with the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, during his recent visit to Colombia. CAPAZ invited Mr. Krüger to participate as an expert speaker in the forum on citizen political education, held on September 5, 2019 at Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, in association with the Centro de Pensamiento Nicanor Restrepo Santamaría (CeNiRS) at the same university.

In the interview with El Espectador, Thomas Krüger emphasised the defence of democracy, participation, dialogue and plurality for the construction of peace and the strengthening of an informed and educated public opinion on political issues, and on the daily lives of citizens.

You can also read: Germany and Colombia promote citizen political education in Colombia

Read the full interview with Thomas Krüger in El Espectador Thomas Krüger (in Spanish, 19.09.2019. Colombia 2020, El Espectador. Recovered from: [https://bit.ly/2mlxIos]).

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

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La Constitución de Weimar: una historia viviente

“La Constitución de Weimar es la constancia de una cultura disruptiva, no solo desde el punto de vista jurídico-político, sino, además, en la amplia dimensión de su contexto. El progreso técnico, artístico y cultural que rodeó la experiencia constitucional de Weimar también la explican como un escenario de renovación. Ello esclarece por qué en la Asamblea Constituyente de Weimar se promovió el vínculo entre modernidad y el inicio de la vida democrática como manifestación de una cierta “nueva autoconsciencia” individual y social. La impronta modernizante de la Constitución tomó cuerpo con una revitalización ciudadana en el ámbito electoral, laboral, social, familiar y económico.”

 

Zuluaga, J. La Constitución de Weimar: una historia viviente. En Ámbito Jurídico Online (en español, 10.09.2019. Recuperado de: [https://bit.ly/2lIQZjA]).

 

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GERMAN INFORMATION CENTRE (CAI) INTERVIEW WITH CAPAZ DIRECTOR PROF. DR. PETERS

There are no magic recipes simply copy in order to build a peaceful society, and the peace process in Colombia also requires the support of international friends”.

This is how the Academic Director of the CAPAZ Institute, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, began his conversation with the German Information Centre (CAI) in September 2019. Headquartered in Mexico City, the CAI is the official information channel of the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Spanish-speaking region of Latin America. Together with the centres in Cairo and Pretoria, CAI Mexico seeks to bring German current affairs closer to young and adult audiences all over the world.

Read the full interview with Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters (in Spanish, published on 10.09.2019 on the CAI web portal. Recovered from: [https://bit.ly/2kOKBHa]).

 

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

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Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte

Jan Brunner, Anna Dobermann, Sarah Wirst, Louisa Pause (Hg.). Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte. Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld: August 2019, 326 S.

Globale Transformationsprozesse wie steigende Rohstoff- und Nahrungsmittelpreise, die Finanzkrise und der Klimawandel haben seit Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts zu tiefgreifenden Veränderungen in der Landnutzung und bei den Landbesitzverhältnissen beigetragen. Konflikte um Land und Rohstoffe stehen seit einigen Jahren im Fokus einer lebhaften wissenschaftlichen und zivilgesellschaftlichen Debatte und führen vielerorts – insbesondere im Globalen Süden – zu Protesten. Mit über 40 Essays von »Agrarbewegung« über »Land Grabbing« bis »Water Grabbing« präsentiert das kritische Handbuch zentrale Begriffe und Themen der Debatte und macht sie einer breiten Leser_innenschaft zugänglich. Mit Beiträgen von Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters (CAPAZ/JLU Gießen) und Dr. Kristina Dietz (FU Berlin/CAPAZ).

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REMEMBERING, FORGETTING, TALKING, SILENCING. SOCIAL MANAGEMENT OF CONFLICTIVE PASTS

“Remembering, forgetting, speaking, silencing. The social management of conflictive pasts” is the third working document published by CAPAZ in 2019. Its author is Tatjana Louis, researcher and associate professor at the School of Social Sciences at Universidad de los Andes. Her research emphasis focuses on the development of historical awareness, and the teaching and learning of history.

Abstract:

In societies in transition, historical memory is an instrument for the symbolic reparation of victims, the clarification of truth, and the goal of social reconciliation. However, the work of memory in a society goes beyond the time limits of transitional justice and presents a challenge for different generations. Based on the analysis of manuals for teaching history in various historical periods, this text addresses the long-term social management of painful pasts in two different contexts: in Colombia, the period of La Violencia; and in Germany, the Nazi dictatorship and the legacy of the German Democratic Republic. The manuals show what society considers necessary to teach future generations. At the same time, they serve as a mirror of today’s society. An analysis of training processes in schools can therefore shed light on the social development of a historical memory.

 

Download the CAPAZ working paper 3-2019, written by Tatjana Louis (In Spanish, German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, Bogotá: 2019, 41 p.).

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

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