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.
- Professor Matthew Brown, Professor in Latin American History, Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
- Mrs Maria T Pinto Ocampo, Researcher, Migration Mobilities Bristol
- Dr Fabio Lopez de la Roche, Associate Professor, National University of Colombia
- Dr Julia Paulson, Associate Professor in Education, Peace and Conflict, School of Education
- Dr Andrei Gomez-Suarez, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Religion, Reconciliation and Peace, University of Winchester
- Mr Martin Suarez, Senior Expert in Higher Education, National University of Colombia
For further details please see the Truth on the Margins website
This project is associated with the MMB Challenge on Imagination, belonging, futures