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Memory Traces of Ethnic and Gender Violence in Columbia’s Armed Conflict Riaño‐Alcala, Pilar 2010-11-20

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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 their ancestral territory in April of 2004 radically dislocated these principles and the sense of the everyday life in a warrior society that have resisted military, religious or educational occupations of their land since colonial times. In this presentation,Iexaminethelivingmemoriesofthismassacre,theformsofsexual violence exercised and, the resistance strategies and memory and memorialisation work led mostly by Wayuu women. The aim is to discuss the ethnicandgender dimensions ofarmed conflictsandtherelevanceof exploring variations in sexual, ethnic and regional violence as observed in the Colombian case.  PilarRiañoͲAlcalá,PhDinAnthropologyfromUBC(2000)isanassociateprofessoratthe School of Social Work and Faculty Fellow in Residence at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Her research interests include the lived experience of violence, displacement andexile,thepoliticsandpracticesofmemoryinsocietiesdividedbyarmedconflictand local strategies of social reconstruction and repair. Her work focuses mainly in Latin America.Interestedintheexerciseofpublicpedagogyandthepracticeofresearchas 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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