Truth on the Margins

Bringing memories to support transnational justice in Colombia

The Truth on the Margins project is a partnership between the University of Bristol, the National University of Colombia, and a number of grassroots organisations. Running between 2018 and 2021, the project seeks to help victims of conflict creatively process their experiences and enable them to shape transitional justice on their own terms.

Over more than five decades of armed conflict in Colombia, the memories of marginalised communities and victims of conflict have been silenced or excluded from dominant accounts. Sharing these memories and creating spaces to acknowledge them, will be crucial to an inclusive reconciliation.

The project works in three strands, first it will support between 1,000 – 10,000 people from some of the most marginalised parts of Colombia to create transformative memory works, enabling individual and community processes of reconciliation and developing lasting skills for public participation. The second strand will share this work on a national scale, including with Colombia’s truth commission and in the nation’s schools. The final strand will consolidate the work in Colombia and produce lasting digital resources and share its findings, methodologies and lessons in Colombia, the UK and internationally.

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For further details please see the Truth on the Margins website

This project is associated with the MMB Challenge on Imagination, belonging, futures