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Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South. Post-conflict in Literature, Art, and Emergent Archives

English title Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South. Post-conflict in Literature, Art, and Emergent Archives
Applicant Gómez Liliana
Number 170435
Funding scheme SNSF Professorships
Research institution Romanisches Seminar Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Romance languages and literature
Start/End 01.04.2017 - 31.03.2021
Approved amount 1'215'908.00
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Keywords (11)

post-conflict ; historical oblivion ; Global South; transition; literature; architecture; art; archival practices; reconciliation; civil society ; creative human rights

Lay Summary (German)

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Die Unsichtbarmachung von Konflikten ist Teil von politischer Gewalt. Sie erzeugt historisches Vergessen, Gedächtnis- und Archivleerstellen, die gleichzeitig die geopolitische Konfiguration des globalen Südens widerspiegeln. Gegen diese Amnesie artikulieren sowohl Künstler und Schriftsteller als auch kulturelle Institutionen dissonante Erzählungen und Gegensemantiken und schaffen dabei alternative fiktive, materielle oder visuelle Archive.
Lay summary
Die Erfahrungen aus den bewaffneten Konflikten in Kolumbien (1964-2016) und im Libanon (1975-1991) als paradigmatische Beispiele für Lateinamerika und den Nahen Osten prägen die vielschichtigen und widersprüchlichen Erinnerungskulturen der Gegenwart, die Wahrheit und Verantwortung einfordern. Während der Libanon eine Form von Amnestie wählt, entscheidet sich Kolumbien für den politischen und kulturellen Prozess einer Übergangsjustiz. Friedensprozesse bleiben aber auf zivilgesellschaftliche Vermittlung durch kulturelle Praktiken und Artefakte angewiesen, die ein friedvolles Zusammenleben erst garantieren. Das Projekt geht der Bedeutung der Kulturproduktion der Gegenwartsliteratur und -kunst in den Übergangsprozessen des Post-Konfliktes beider Regionen auf den Grund. Als komparatistische und kulturanalytische Studie angelegt, untersucht das Projekt die grundlegende Frage: Wie können Literatur und Kunst als kulturelle Praktiken eine demokratische Transition vermitteln und über die legale Dimension hinaus eine Versöhnung mit einer gewaltsamen Vergangenheit ermöglichen? Dabei stützt es sich auf die Narratologie als Gedächtnisarbeit, um die Darstellungs- und Erzählformen des Gedächtnisses in Literatur und Kunst und ihre Archivpraktiken zu untersuchen.
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Publications

Publication
Beyond the Courtroom: On Dust, Haunting, and the Archive
GomezLiliana (2021), Beyond the Courtroom: On Dust, Haunting, and the Archive, in Gomez Liliana (ed.), diaphanes, Zürich, 101-138.
Performing Human Rights. Aesthetic Practices in the Global South
Gomez Liliana (ed.) (2021), Performing Human Rights. Aesthetic Practices in the Global South, diaphanes, Zürich.
Performing Human Rights. An Introduction
GomezLiliana (2021), Performing Human Rights. An Introduction, in Gomez Liliana (ed.), diaphanes, Zürich, 7-28.
Acts of Remaining: Liquid Ecologies and Memory Work in Contemporary Art Interventions
Gomez Liliana (2020), Acts of Remaining: Liquid Ecologies and Memory Work in Contemporary Art Interventions, in Gomez Liliana (ed.), Routledge, New York, 35-53.
Beyond the Blue: Notes on the Liquid Turn
GomezLiliana (2020), Beyond the Blue: Notes on the Liquid Turn, in Gomez Liliana (ed.), Routledge, New York, 1-10.
Liquid ecologies in Latin American and Caribbean art
Gomez Liliana (ed.) (2020), Liquid ecologies in Latin American and Caribbean art, Routledge, New York.
Cuerpos en trance. Paisaje, transición y desaparición en Colombia
OrdoñezMaría (2020), Cuerpos en trance. Paisaje, transición y desaparición en Colombia, in Papeles del CEIC, 1(227), 1-27.
Blues\Blank\Black: Performance Art as Gesture, Color, Repetition, Archive
Gomez Liliana (2019), Blues\Blank\Black: Performance Art as Gesture, Color, Repetition, Archive, in Iberoamericana, 19(72), 105-116.
Estéticas sucias y cultura basura. Repensar desechos, residuos y contaminación en las formaciones culturales de América Latina. Introducción
GomezLiliana (2019), Estéticas sucias y cultura basura. Repensar desechos, residuos y contaminación en las formaciones culturales de América Latina. Introducción, in Iberoamericana, 19(72), 7-12.
Estéticas sucias y cultura-basura. Repensar desechos, residuos y contaminación en las formaciones culturales de América Latina
Gomez Liliana (ed.) (2019), Estéticas sucias y cultura-basura. Repensar desechos, residuos y contaminación en las formaciones culturales de América Latina, Iberoamericana, Madrid.
Residuos del archivo y el conflicto de las bananeras en Colombia: figuraciones de violencia y contra-memoria en la literatura y la fotografía
Gomez Liliana (2019), Residuos del archivo y el conflicto de las bananeras en Colombia: figuraciones de violencia y contra-memoria en la literatura y la fotografía, in Iberoamericana, 19(72), 81-103.
Die Archive der Operation Condor. Die Arbeit am kollektiven Gedächtnis
GomezLiliana (2019), Die Archive der Operation Condor. Die Arbeit am kollektiven Gedächtnis, in Sasse Sylvia (ed.), Spector Books, Leipzig, 588-603.
Bilder sammeln, Geschichte entbergen. Sichtbarkeit und Cinematic Justice in Kamal Aljafaris RECOLLECTION
FrauenederIris (2019), Bilder sammeln, Geschichte entbergen. Sichtbarkeit und Cinematic Justice in Kamal Aljafaris RECOLLECTION, in Rating Angela (ed.), Bertz + Fischer, Berlin, 150-159.
La masacre de las bananeras: la imagen fotográfica y la literatura
Gomez-Popescu Liliana (2017), La masacre de las bananeras: la imagen fotográfica y la literatura, in Schuster Sven, Hernández Quiñones Óscar Daniel (ed.), Editorial Universidad del Rosario, Bogota, 23-57.
’Zensierte’ Bilder (de-)aktivieren. Eine filmische Intervention via Stimmen und Schrift
Fraueneder Iris, ’Zensierte’ Bilder (de-)aktivieren. Eine filmische Intervention via Stimmen und Schrift, in Rajabi Katharina (ed.), Kadmos, Berlin, x-x.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Universidad de los Andes, Department of Design, Bogotá Colombia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Bogotá Colombia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Konfigurationen des Films, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies/English Department, Salem State University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
School of Humanities, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá Colombia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Arab Center for Architecture, Beirut Lebanon (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
German Orient Institute Beirut Lebanon (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Museum der Kulturen Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies/Universität Marburg Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Kooperatives Doktoratsprogramm Epistemologien ästhetischer Praktiken, ZHdK, ETH, UZH Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
Département de lettres françaises, Saint Joseph University Beirut Lebanon (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
School of Philosophy and Art History/University of Essex Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Literary Form. History and Culture of Aesthetic Modeling, Universität Münster Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
ACLA 2021: Seminar "Staging Justice: Trials and Tribunals in Literature, Theater, and Film" Talk given at a conference Investigative Aesthetics: The Archive and the Courtroom 09.04.2021 Montreal, Canada Gómez Liliana;
34. Film- und Fernsehwissenschaftliches Kolloquium, Bauhaus-Universität-Weimar Talk given at a conference Abwesende Bilder. Filmische und kuratorische Interventionen in die Unverfügbarkeit (audio-)visuellen Erbes 24.03.2021 Weimar, Germany Fraueneder Iris;
The Philosophy and Art History Research Seminar, University of Essex Individual talk Beyond the courtroom. Performing human rights and aesthetic practices 19.11.2020 Essex, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Gómez Liliana;
Ecologías / Políticas: Huellas Antropogénicas y Resistencias Talk given at a conference Cuerpos híbridos: ríos, ecologías y narrativas de la desaparición en Colombia 15.05.2020 Zürich, Switzerland Ordoñez Cruz Maria Alejandra;
Research Seminar Individual talk Liquid Ecologies and Memory Work in Latin American Contemporary Art 18.02.2020 Rom, Italy Gómez Liliana;
Medien-Materialitäten, Jahrestagung Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft Talk given at a conference Exhibiting traces, screening recollections, responding to absence. From the International Art Exhibition for Palestine (Beirut, 1978) to Past Disquiet (Beirut, 2018) 25.09.2019 Köln, Germany Fraueneder Iris;
Transregional Academy “Fragment – Power – Public. Narrative, Authority and Circulation in Archival Work” Individual talk CRITICAL ECOLOGIES: AESTHETIC PRACTICES AND THE ARCHIVE 29.08.2019 Beirut, Lebanon Gómez Liliana;
Visible Evidence XXVI Talk given at a conference Imagining unavailable images: an audiovisual intervention in censorship 24.07.2019 Los Angeles, United States of America Fraueneder Iris;
Workshop The Radical Aesthetic: Forms, Commitments, Traditions Talk given at a conference Specters of Panamerican Art and the Cold War 21.06.2019 Freiburg, Germany Gómez Liliana;
Department of culture and society, Universidad Externado de Colombia Individual talk Discussion: Interdisciplinarity, nobody told us it would not be easy! 24.04.2019 Bogotá, Colombia Ordoñez Cruz Maria Alejandra;
Spring Workshop STATE, POWER AND VIOLENCE: Between Law, History and Literature Individual talk Trans-bodies: Disappearance, waste and economies of death 15.04.2019 Zürich, Switzerland Ordoñez Cruz Maria Alejandra;
Permanent seminar of Aesthetics Individual talk Cuerpos en trance: flujos, intersecciones, materialidades y narrativas de la desaparición en Colombia 05.04.2019 Bogotá, Colombia Ordoñez Cruz Maria Alejandra;
Ir/relevance of Race Seminar Talk given at a conference Displaced subjects, flows, searchings and materialities of disappearance in Colombia 10.12.2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ordoñez Cruz Maria Alejandra;
Space, memory and conflict in Colombia Talk given at a conference Sujetos (In)visibles: Paisaje, Cotidianidad y Efectos de la Desaparición en Colombia 16.11.2018 Basel, Switzerland Ordoñez Cruz Maria Alejandra;
Space, memory and conflict in Colombia Talk given at a conference The Landscape as Archive: Photography and Space in Narratives of (Post-)Conflict in Colombia 16.11.2018 Basel, Switzerland Gómez Liliana;
Space, memory and conflict in Colombia Talk given at a conference The Landscape as Archive: Photography and Space in Narratives of (Post)Conflict in Colombia 16.11.2018 Basel, Switzerland Gómez Liliana;
Artists and Agents. Performance Art and the Secret Services Talk given at a conference The Archives of Operation Condor. Dissonant Narratives in the Works of Paz Encina and Voluspa Jarpa 13.09.2018 Zürich, Switzerland Gómez Liliana;
Performing Human Rights Talk given at a conference Investigative Aesthetics: The Archive and the Courtroom 29.06.2018 Zürich, Switzerland Gómez Liliana;
Performing Human Rights. Contested Amnesia and Historical Justice in Latin America and the Middle East Talk given at a conference Collecting dreams of future society. Filmmakers in Palestinian refugee camps during the Lebanese Civil War 28.06.2018 Zürich, Switzerland Fraueneder Iris;
Performing Human Rights – Contested Amnesia and Historical Justice in Latin America and the Middle East Talk given at a conference (in)visible subjects. Traces, strategies and the aftermath of disappearance in Colombia 28.06.2018 Zürich, Switzerland Ordoñez Cruz Maria Alejandra;
Vortragsreihe relatifs Individual talk Contested Amnesia, Dissonant Narratives 05.06.2018 Linz, Austria Gómez Liliana;
International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association Talk given at a conference The Landscape as Archive of the (Post)Conflict: Modern Imaginaries of the Rural in Colombia 26.05.2018 Barcelona, Spain Gómez Liliana;
International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association Talk given at a conference Desaparición/Paisajes de la Violencia en Colombia 24.05.2018 Barcelona, Spain Ordoñez Cruz Maria Alejandra;
International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association Talk given at a conference Visual Technologies in the Nineteenth Century 23.05.2018 Barcelona, Spain Gómez Liliana;
23. Internationales Bremer Symposium zum Film Talk given at a conference Sichtbarkeit und Cinematic Justice: Bilder sammeln, Geschichte entbergen 24.04.2018 Bremen, Germany Fraueneder Iris;
Ringvorlesung Kulturanalyse Individual talk Archiv | Theorien 05.03.2018 Zürich, Switzerland Gómez Liliana;
International Conference: Registering Political Violence: Technologies, Uses and Effects / Memory and Human Rights Museum of Santiago de Chile Talk given at a conference (Des)Encuentros:Experiencias Subjetivas, Memorias Culturales y Diarios de la Desaparicion en Colombia 15.01.2018 Santiago de Chile, Chile Ordoñez Cruz Maria Alejandra;
7th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network: Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice Talk given at a conference Historical Amnesia and the Landscape as Archive in (Post-)Conflict Colombia 07.12.2017 New York, United States of America Gómez Liliana;
Antrittsvorlesung Individual talk Investigative Ästhetik. Zur Materialität des Verschwindenlassens 13.11.2017 Zürich, Switzerland Gómez Liliana;
Programa de Historia Individual talk La arquitectura y el paisaje como palimpsestos del trauma y de la memoria 15.08.2017 Bogota, Colombia Gómez Liliana;
International Conference: Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath Talk given at a conference Contested Amnesia and Bodies of Pain: Contemporary Visual Arts in Colombia and Lebanon 30.06.2017 Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina Gómez Liliana;
Denkfiguren | Wendepunkte. Kulturelle Praktiken und sozialer Wandel in der arabischen Welt Individual talk Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South 06.06.2017 Marburg, Germany Gómez Liliana;
International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association Talk given at a conference Eco-critica. Three contemporary art interventions in the memory of landscape 29.04.2017 Lima, Peru Gómez Liliana;
International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association Talk given at a conference Capitalism and the Camera 29.04.2017 Lima, Peru Gómez Liliana;
International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association Talk given at a conference Telling Stories: Filmmaking and Academic Research 29.04.2017 Lima, Peru Gómez Liliana;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Webinar “The Afterlives of Past Disquiet. Legacies, Unwritten Histories and Transnational Solidarity” 07.12.2020 Zürich, Switzerland
Artist Talk mit Uriel Orlow 21.09.2020 Zürich, Switzerland
Imagining Absence. Film and the Politics of Disappearance in Colombia and Lebanon 07.03.2020 Zürich, Switzerland
Autumn Workshop “Remains, Ruins, Landscapes” 18.10.2018 Zürich, Switzerland
Conference: AMERICA LATINA Contamination / Contagion / Symptom 24.11.2017 Zürich, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Video/Film “RÉUNION” Performance Festival International 2020
Other activities Ausstellung "Contested landscapes, emergent archives" International 2019
Talks/events/exhibitions Tage argentinischer Literatur Zwischen Buenos Aires und Berlin German-speaking Switzerland International 2019
Talks/events/exhibitions (Re)constitution de la mémoire: Rendre visible l’invisible/Festival Ciné-Palestine Paris International 2018
Talks/events/exhibitions “How to Teach Art” as part of the exhibition 100 Ways of Thinking German-speaking Switzerland 2018
Talks/events/exhibitions Share/Save. The Heritage of Arab Documentary/arab.european Documentary Convention International 2018
Talks/events/exhibitions art installation exhibition: non narratedportraits International 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions art installation exhibition: non narratedportraits International 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions art installation: non narratedportraits International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Dissonant Narratives Webpage / Blog International 2017

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
198899 Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South. Post-conflict in Literature, Art, and Emergent Archives 01.04.2021 SNSF Professorships

Abstract

The Cold War period and its subsequent post-conflicts are characterized by a remarkable amnesia, a politics of invisibilization, and the neglect of the archives that reflect the epistemic order of decolonization and the geopolitical configuration of the Global South. Yet counter-semantics and dissonant narratives that challenge historical oblivion have been articulated by artists, writers and institutional initiatives that increasingly seek to contest this amnesia with alternate fictitious material or visual archives. Conflict and post-conflict situations such as Colombia (1964-2016) and Lebanon (1975-1989/91) reconfigured an increasingly diverse landscape of memory cultures that claim truth and accountability. While some post-conflict societies opt for an amnesty that fosters the invisibilization of the protracted conflict (Lebanon), others initiate cultural and political processes of transitional justice (Colombia). Nurturing official silence, amnesia, and the fragmentation of society, the related political violence has generated complex and conflicting memory cultures that are shaped both by local and global biases. Drawing upon a comparative cultural analysis, this project examines the role of cultural production, aesthetic interventions, emergent archival practices, and dissonant narratives in processes of reconciliation, symbolic reparation, and remembrance in the post-conflict period, which may allow alternate and plural writings of history.
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