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The Many Returns of José Dolores: Displacement and Colombia’s Forgotten Midcentury Peace

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street
Wed., Mar. 29, 2017, 12 – 2 p.m.

The Many Returns of José Dolores: Displacement and Colombia’s Forgotten Midcentury Peace

As their society attempted in the late 1950s to move beyond the Western Hemisphere’s worst midcentury conflict, Colombians collaborated on an unprecedented and far-ranging experiment in peace-making. At the heart of these efforts were attempts to resolve forced population displacement, one of the conflict’s signature consequences. This talk examines how the reversal of displacement, as both a social process and a cultural expression central to peace, contributed to new understandings of region and nation in Colombia. By the 1960s, however, the return of displaced Colombians also generated local episodes of violence that altered peace’s regional and national meanings, and opened the way for narratives that privileged violence over peace in Colombia’s history.

Gazette Classification: Lecture
Organization/Sponsor: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
Speaker(s): Robert A. Karl, Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University, DRCLAS Visiting Scholar
Contact Info: Paola Ibarra (pibarra@fas.harvard.edu)
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Date: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 12:00