Lessons from the Peace Negotiations in Colombia: President Santos in Conversation

The peace negotiations between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC–EP)  and the Colombian government ended on an agreement last August 24, 2016.  After four years of peace talks and working meetings, and despite the disbelief of a large sector of Colombian public opinion and the opposition of right wing political parties, a deal […]

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Zombies in Revolt

Stories of ghosts and appearances of the dead are common in Cartagena de Indias. Virgins, pirates, saints, and deceased international personalities have appeared on walls, basements, alleys, and other public and private spaces of the city since colonial times. In June of 2009 I was shocked by the news about the apparition of phantom of […]

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Bio-Creation and Peace at the Intersection of Art and Technology: Reflections on ISEA + International Image Festival

An inspiring week of workshops, panels, installations, round-tables, concerts, and other creative and intellectual exchanges took place at Manizales, Colombia, one week ago, from June 11 to 18. The International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA) and the International Image Festival joined forces to convene an interdisciplinary group of designers, scientists, artists, and humanists from different […]

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Media Witnessing and Personal Memories: The Case of Soldiers’ Non-professional Videos

Although the visual documentation of violence at the frontlines has existed since World War II with the photographs took by the Nazis in the 20st Century, the circulation of these records was restricted to the military and curated by governmental institutions and the mainstream media as part of a propaganda strategy. In the 21st Century […]

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A Nation in Spite of Itself: Uncertainty and Hope in Colombia After the Referendum

Last week was full of emotions for Colombia. From hope to uncertainty, from sadness to happiness, from indignation to joy, Colombians have been experiencing a chain of contradictory emotions in the midst of a fragmented and polarized country. In the past 10 days, the country lost a historical opportunity to ratify a peace deal to […]

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Mobilizing the Civic Imagination: New Media in the Context of Colombia’s Peace Agreement and Referendum

Imagination is a powerful tool for social and cultural transformation. People need to be able to imagine and speak about change first in order to transform the world later. Our capacity to imagine creative alternatives to current society and politics, as Henry Jenkins and colleagues have explained in By Any Media Necessary, can be understood […]

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