Boletín / Newsletter CAPAZ No. 6 / 02-2020

Dear readers:

2020 brings the best news for CAPAZ! The second phase of the institute will be developed from now until 2023. The project coordinated with CEDPAL and financed by the German Federal Foreign Office is underway and will involve joint activities in Germany and Colombia. CAPAZ has also received additional funds to support the work of the Colombian Commission for the Clarification of Truth in Germany. NETCAPAZ, the network of peace researchers promoted by our Institute will be more dynamic in Germany in 2020, and CAPAZ will launch its presence in social networks with new videos and hold two key events in the Eje Cafetero: the international congress and the board meeting. Read about all the events that took place at the end of 2019 and in 2020 so far, in Issue No. 6 of the institutional newsletter.

Agéndese / Save the date
CAPAZ International congress in 2020
CAPAZ and Universidad de Caldas will organise the international congress in Manizales, to be held on March 26 and 27, 2020. The event will bring together researchers from the German and Colombian CAPAZ universities, other Colombian universities and social organisations.
New CAPAZ video-columns in 2020
In 2019, the CAPAZ Institute produced a series of videos about its mission and lines of research:
institutional teaser / transitional justice with testimonials by Kai Ambos, Patricia Linares, Francisco de Roux and Luz Marina Monzón / territorial peace in Caquetá / autobiographical and historical memory in Medellín In 2020, we will present five new video-columns with the expert voices of German and Colombian researchers, who will talk about environmental democracy, historical memory, the Colombian model of transitional justice, political education and social inequalities.
Platforms for the CALAS dialogue co-organised by CAPAZ
CAPAZ is co-organising an international seminar to address forced disappearance as a transnational issue in Latin America. The event will take place on February 26-27, 2020 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
CAPAZ will also be co-organising a CALAS platform for dialogue on "Memory and Inequalities" in the same city in June 2020. More information
Convocatoria / Call for applications
Call deadline for the CAPAZ/CEDPAL project
We recently closed the call for applications for a position as Academic Collaborator for the CAPAZ/CEDPAL-coordinated project, which supports academically the mandate of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) and the Commission for the Clarification of the Truth (CEV) in Colombia. Learn about the
terms and references
CAPAZ de cerca / CAPAZ close-up
CAPAZ: Phase II begins in 2020
In recognition of CAPAZ as a network of German-Colombian academic cooperation for peacebuilding, and following approval by the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), phase II of CAPAZ has been given the go-ahead to run until 2023.
Board meeting 2020
The annual meeting of the CAPAZ Institute's founding and associate members will be held at the end of March 2020,  in Manizales, Colombia.
CAPAZ-supported projects in 2019
Seven research projects will receive support from the CAPAZ Institute for the 2019-2020 period. We received one hundred proposals, of which 42 met the requirements, and we finally presented the seven projects selected in 2019.
CAPAZ and CEDPAL coordinated project underway
With resources from the German Federal Foreign Office, the CAPAZ Institute and CEDPAL are advancing a project that supports the processes of justice and truth in Colombia based within academia. In 2019, workshops were held with officials from the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), the Commission for the Clarification of the Truth (CEV), and several researchers. In 2020, the project will continue to be developed in Colombia and Germany.
Workshops held at JEP with Kai Ambos and Iván Meini / Workshop on the presentation of reports to JEP and CEV
Two researchers to strengthen the CEV mandate
Researchers Luis Carlos Sánchez and Luis Miguel Buitrago specialising in democracy and armed conflict have been working together with the CEV's Knowledge Directorate since November 2019 to develop the CAPAZ and CEDPAL coordinated project. Click here
for more information
Welcoming the new DAAD Director in Colombia
We welcome the new director of the regional (DAAD) office in Bogotá, Dr. Martina Schulze to whom we wish Dr. Schulze success in her work. The DAAD is funding the CAPAZ Institute with resources from the German Federal Foreign Office.
CAPAZ Académico / Academic CAPAZ
En Colombia / In Colombia
Second CAPAZ young researchers congress
The congress, co-organised by CAPAZ and the Universidad de Antioquia, was held in Medellin in November 2019 with the participation of master's and doctoral students, and researchers from Colombia and other countries. Students Ginna and Tatiana, and professor Gabriel Ruiz shared their experiences at the congress, in videos produced by the University:
Video Ginna / Video Tatiana / Video Gabriel Ruiz / Impressions of the congress
CAPAZ initiated dialogue on political education for citizens
In September 2019, the forum organised by CAPAZ and the Nicanor Restrepo Santamaría Think Tank on citizen political education initiated the academic and inter-institutional exchange on the subject between Colombia and Germany. Special guests included the President of the Federal Centre for Political Education in Germany (bpb), Thomas Krüger, Prof. Dr. Bernd Overwien and representatives of various social sectors.
Impressions of the forum / Interview with Thomas Krüger in El Espectador
CAPAZ participated in the Colombian Geography Congress
CAPAZ took part in the XXIII Colombian Geography Congress, the discipline's most important academic meeting in the country in October 2019 in Bogotá. CAPAZ was also part of GeoRaizAL, preparatory workshops for the congress.
Information on the congress / GeoRaizAL I and GeoRaizAL II Workshops.
Doctoral Seminar at Pontifica Universidad Javeriana
During three sessions held in October 2019, experts from various universities discussed the spaces and mechanisms for the transmission and teaching of truth commissions, from a transnational comparative perspective. Click here for more information

Inequalities and peacebuilding: Barranquilla seminar programme

CAPAZ associate member, Universidad del Norte hosted the seminar on Inequalities and Peacebuilding in Colombia in October 2019, in which participants analysed the events of the three years following the signing of the peace accords. Click here for more information
Popayan hosted a seminar on illegal economies
The seminar took place in December 2019 at the Banco de la República headquarters in Popayán, southern Colombia. This was the last event of the CAPAZ Spotlight on Peace cycle in 2019. It was co-organised by the Universidad del Cauca, a CAPAZ associate member. Click here for more information
CAPAZ has been supporting the Chair for Peace Studies at UIS since September 2019
CAPAZ has been supporting the Chair of Peace, Coexistence and Citizenship at Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS) in Bucaramanga since September 2019. Four sessions have been held so far: Inaugural session /
Session 2: memory, silence and oblivion / Session 3: communication, culture and memory / Session 4: monuments and representations
CAPAZ Academic Director developed a programme in Colombian cities
CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor at the University of Giessen (JLU), Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, spoke at and moderated various events in Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Medellín and Tunja: Discussion meeting on Integral Rural Reform /
Universidad de Antioquia: Aula Abierta / Presentation on memory and human rights in Tunja / Symposium presentation at the UPB Bucaramanga
Juliana González Villamizar attended the forum on truth commissions
Juliana González Villamizar, CAPAZ Science Collaborator, joined the international forum held in November 2019 at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. Click here
for more information
Thesis of former CAPAZ scholar was published as a policy recommendation
The article on the PDET, published by Cider (Universidad de los Andes) resulted from the master's thesis of Sara Vélez, a former scholar of the CAPAZ Winter School in 2017. Click here for more information
Prof. Dr. Kai Ambos launched his book in Bogotá
Director of CEDPAL at the University of Göttingen and spokesman of the university at CAPAZ, Prof. Dr. Kai Ambos, presented his recent publication on National Socialist Criminal Law in December 2019. Click here
for more information
Contribution published based on a CAPAZ supported project
Sonia Díaz Monsalve and Andrés Cubillos, researchers of the CAPAZ-supported project contributed a chapter on psychosomatic medicine in Latin America to the second edition of the volume edited by Prof. Michael Wirsching, representative of the University of Freiburg at CAPAZ among others. Click here
for more information
Publication of an institutional guide for victims in Meta
The guide is the product of inter-institutional cooperation between researchers representing the CAPAZ Institute, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad Santo Tomás, and the University of Göttingen. Click here
for more information
En Alemania / In Germany
CAPAZ supports Colombian delegation to visit Germany

A Colombian delegation of universities, and media and social organisations went on an academic trip to Germany in January 2020 to learn about political citizenship education in the country. The agenda was organised by CAPAZ and the AKSB society and financed by the Federal Central for Political Education in Germany (bpb). Click here for more information (German).
Meeting in Giessen with Colombian writer Laura Restrepo

Colombian writer Laura Restrepo was invited by the University of Giessen Seminar of Romanistics and CAPAZ to a discussion meeting on her literary work. the event was held in January 2020. The writer also participated in an academic conference on the peace process in Colombia. Literary discussion meeting
Workshop in Giessen on migration, human rights and memory
The CAPAZ Institute and the University of Giessen held their international workshop in January 2020, in which the Colombian writer Laura Restrepo appeared as a special guest. Click here for
more information
Congress in Hofgeismar co-organised by CAPAZ
The international conference on the climate crisis in Latin America, co-organised by the CAPAZ Institute, was held at the Evangelical Academy in Hofgeismar in January 2020. Click here for
more information (in German).
CAPAZ 2019 Summer School in Berlin
Students and multipliers from Colombian regions attended the CAPAZ 2019 Summer School in Berlin. For a week, they attended academic sessions and visited a number of sites relating to Germany's memory. Click here for the Summer School’s
programme, organised in cooperation with LAI (Freie Universität Berlin) / Universidad de Caldas student at the 2019 Summer School
Participation of CAPAZ Academic Director in conferences in Frankfurt
At the end of November 2019, the CAPAZ Academic Director was invited to the "Second International Symposium: Memory and Peacebuilding in Colombia" at Goethe University in Frankfurt. Prof. Dr. Peters talked about social inequalities in Colombia with Alejandro Reyes Posada. Click here for more information
Presentations on peace in Colombia delivered in Hamburg
The CAPAZ Academic Director and the Colombian researcher Diana Sanabria presented their papers in Hamburg, as part of the Otoño Latinoamericano event, held there in October 2019. Click here for more information

Publicaciones / Publications CAPAZ
CAPAZ Working Papers

CAPAZ published five working papers between September 2019 and January 2020 on the following topics: Civic education in Germany (author: Prof. Dr. Bernd Overwien); The social management of past conflicts (author: Tatjana Louis); Counter-monuments: Art and memory (author: Horst Hoheisel); Territorial peace, conjunction of moral and geographical imagination (author: Luis Peña); Historical and educational perspective on sexual and sexualised violence in conflicts (author: Oliver Plessow). All CAPAZ Working Documents are available on its Website under "publications".
CAPAZ Policy Brief

Published in November 2019, the CAPAZ Policy Brief 5-2019 makes recommendations on public policies for more effective interaction between the various existing sources of knowledge on peacebuilding (authors: Alejandro Balanzó, Carlos Mauricio Nupia and Juan Pablo Centeno). All CAPAZ Policy Briefs are available on its Website under "publications".
CAPAZ participated in the publication of a tribute to Alfredo Molano
"El hombre que supo escuchar" (The man who knew how to listen) was the name given to the CAPAZ-sponsored special issue of Arcadia magazine, published in homage to Alfredo Molano Bravo (1944-2019), Colombian historian, sociologist and journalist. Click here for more information
"El espejo roto de la guerra" (The broken mirror of war): An article written by Stefan Peters and Claudia Maya
CAPAZ Academic Director, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters and CAPAZ Communications Assistant, Claudia Maya, MA, published an article in the Science and Peace magazine (W&F: Wissenschaft und Frieden, Heft 4-2019) about the photographic work of the Colombian Jesús Abad Colorado and his view of the Colombian conflict over 30 years. Click here for more information (in German).

Networking CAPAZ
NETCAPAZ platform has 200 members
NETCAPAZ, a platform specialised in conflict and peace issues, reached 200 registered members in 2019. This year, it will be more widely disseminated among researchers in Germany and have a greater diversity of research content. The platform is consolidated as a key tool for academic and research cooperation between Germany and Colombia. Click here for more information

Event held in Ibagué with UN Colombia and universities
CAPAZ and the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, in cooperation with the universities of Ibagué and Tolima, joined forces for the first time in an event on reincorporation, territorial peace and reconciliation in September 2019. Click here for more information
CAPAZ Academic Director participated in CALAS events
CAPAZ Academic Director, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters participated in the CALAS conference on social inequalities held in October 2019 in Quito. A month earlier, CALAS invited Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters to San José, Costa Rica where he took part in the round table on conflicts and peace processes in Central America and their Latin American implications. CAPAZ at CALAS Ecuador / CAPAZ at CALAS Costa Rica
CAPAZ-supported Mercado Clandestino No. 22 in Bogotá
The Mercado Clandestino of useful knowledge and non-knowledge No. 22 was an artistic project organised by Mapa Teatro in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and Universidad Central, and supported by CAPAZ. It was held for the first time in Bogotá in November 2019. Click here for more information
CAPAZ Administrative Director presented a paper in Pereira
CAPAZ Administrative Director Dr. Carlos Nupia presented his paper on international cooperation and peacebuilding based on the CAPAZ case. The lecture was part of the German Week, organised in October 2019 at Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. Click here for more information
Prof. Dr. Kai Ambos attended the meeting of the Latin American Group on International Criminal Law
Prof. Kai Ambos, director of CEDPAL at the University of Göttingen and spokesman for the University at CAPAZ, attended the meeting of the Latin American group in Bogotá in December 2019, coordinated by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Programa Estado de Derecho para Latinoamérica). Click here for more information
Visitas a CAPAZ / CAPAZ Visitors
Impressions of ASA-CAPAZ practitioners and JLU students during an excursion in Colombia
A group of students from Germany and Colombia took part in an academic excursion through Colombia and supported the work of CAPAZ until October 2019. They shared their experiences in the text: "The peace process in Colombia and the challenges of sustainable development" (in German).
CAPAZ Universities' binational master's students' visit
Eleven students from Germany and Colombia visited the CAPAZ seat in September 2019. The students are studying for their Master's degree in conflict, memory and peace at the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and Universidad del Rosario. Click here for more information
Eco en medios / Media coverage
Próximos eventos / Upcoming Events

February 2020:
“Political repression, forced disappearance and strategies of resilience in contexts of inequality”
26 and 27 February, 2020. Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara-México. Further information

March 2020:
CAPAZ International Congress. March 26 and 27, 2020. Universidad de Caldas,
Manizales-Colombia. Further information coming soon

June 2020:
Platform for Dialogue: Memory and Inequality. June 9-11, 2020.
Sede CALAS en Guadalajara, Guadalajara-México.
Further information

July 2020:

Seminar: "Evidentiary Analysis and Victim Participation in Proceedings before the Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP)" July 16, 2020. CEDPAL, Göttingen-Germany.
Further information

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“El Instituto CAPAZ es una plataforma de cooperación entre Colombia y Alemania que promueve el intercambio de conocimientos y experiencias en temas de construcción de paz, mediante la conformación de redes entre universidades, centros de investigación, organizaciones de la sociedad civil y entidades gubernamentales, que actúan en el ámbito territorial. La consolidación de dichas redes permite el análisis, la reflexión y el debate académico interdisciplinario sobre las lecciones del pasado y los desafíos de la construcción de una paz sostenible. CAPAZ promueve actividades de investigación, enseñanza y asesoría, que permiten nuevas aproximaciones al entendimiento de la paz y el conflicto, transmiten conocimiento a la sociedad y plantean respuestas a los múltiples desafíos de una sociedad en transición.”
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© Newsletter/Boletín CAPAZ - No. 6 - February/Febrero 2020
Edition: Claudia Maya / Revised by: Instituto CAPAZ / Translation: Tiziana Laudato
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