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Memory Traces of Ethnic and Gender Violence in Columbia’s Armed Conflict 2010

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Centre for Women’’s and Gender Studies, UBC Fall 2010 Public Lecture Series  Wednesday, October 20th, 2010. 12:00 –– 1:00 pm  At the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies 2080 West Mall (028)  lower level,Jack Bell Building  ““Please note new location of Lecture Series””  Everyonewelcome  PilarRiañoͲAlcalá,AssociateProfessorofSocialWorkandFamilyStudies,UBC Memory Traces of Ethnic and Gender Violence in Columbia’s Armed Conflict  Women are untouchable according to the customary laws of the Wayuu indigenouspeoplesoftheGuajiraregioninColombia.ThemassacreofsixWayuu, fourofthemwomen,andtheforceddisplacementoftheentirecommunityfrom theirancestralterritory inAprilof2004 radicallydislocatedtheseprinciplesand the sense of the everyday life in awarrior society that have resistedmilitary, religious or educational occupations of their land since colonial times. In this presentation,Iexaminethelivingmemoriesofthismassacre,theformsofsexual violence exercised and, the resistance strategies and memory and memorialisationwork ledmostly byWayuuwomen. The aim is to discuss the ethnicandgenderdimensionsofarmedconflictsandtherelevanceofexploring variations in sexual,ethnicand regional violenceasobserved in theColombian case.  PilarRiañoͲAlcalá,PhDinAnthropologyfromUBC(2000)isanassociateprofessoratthe Schoolof SocialWork and Faculty Fellow inResidence at the Liu Institute forGlobal Issues.Her research interests include the lived experience of violence, displacement andexile,thepoliticsandpracticesofmemoryinsocietiesdividedbyarmedconflictand local strategies of social reconstruction and repair.Herwork focusesmainly in Latin America.Interested intheexerciseofpublicpedagogyandthepracticeofresearchas collaborative process of knowledge construction, professor Riaño also explores the development of conceptual and methodological approaches for participatory and community based research. Pilar is currently collaborating with the Colombian CommissionofHistoricalMemory.


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