First CAPAZ Institute International Congress in Colombia

Fecha: Of 18 to 19 of september of 2018

Hora: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Lugar: Auditorio 2 edificio H

The Colombo-German Institute for Peace - CAPAZ - and the German Federal Republic Embassy in Bogotá invite to the first CAPAZ International Congress held in Colombia.

The academic event, “Building peace in Colombia: assessment and prospects” will be held at the Externado de Colombia University, in Bogotá, (Auditorium 2, Building H) on September 18 and 19, 2018.

The Conference will be presided by political personalities in Colombia and Germany, headed by the German Ambassador in Colombia, Dr. Peter Ptassek, and officials of some of the institutions of the CAPAZ Institute consortium.  Participants include Dr. Juan Carlos Henao, Rector of the Externado de Colombia University; the Rector of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Germany) and the cooperation representative of the German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD – Dr. Stephan Geifes, who traveled from Germany for the event.

The academic program of the first CAPAZ International Congress in Colombia will offer spaces for reflection on issues that address, from different disciplines and action areas, the implementation of the agreement between the national Government and the demobilized FARC-EP guerrillas.

Memory, truth, and justice: the debate initiating the CAPAZ Congress

The Conference will begin Tuesday, September 18, 2018, with a roundtable to discuss the processes of memory, truth, and justice, in which the victims are the center of the debate. Participating are representatives of the justice and peace instances created pursuant to point 5 of the Final Agreement: Rodolfo Arango, judge of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP); Luz Marina Monzón, Director of the Search Unit for Missing Persons (UBPD), as well as a delegate of the Commission for Clarification of the Truth and Reconciliation (CEV).

The Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Non-Recurrence represented in the CAPAZ Congress

During the first day of the International Congress, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the panel dedicated to discussing the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), specifically. Guiding the discussion will be Dr. Yesid Reyes, Externado de Colombia University professor; Prof. Dr. Kai Ambos, German jurist amicus curiae of the JEP and director of CEDPAL (University of Göttingen); María Camila Moreno, Director in Colombia of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), and Dr. Lorena Vega, of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

 Social scenarios in the context of peace

The first day will end with talks by researchers from Colombian and German universities, who will offer different approaches on social, racial, class, and gender issues, in scenarios of inequality, discrimination, stigmatization, and resilience. These issues are considered as some of the most defiant challenges in the construction of peace in Colombia.

The construction of peace in, and from, the territories

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, the academic sessions will focus on the different peace-building aspects and realities in the Colombian regions and territories. Current critical issues will be discussed, such as the integration of ex-combatants, post-conflict funding, as well as socio-environmental and productive perspectives in the territories.

Highlighted are the socio-geo-territorial reflections by Flavio Bladimir Rodríguez, professor of the Externado de Colombia University; the case studies in the departments of Nariño and Cauca by researchers Tania Bolaños (Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia), Fabio Leiva, Luis Gabriel Salas, and Iván Lizarazo (Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Also, the analysis of the Hidroituango case by Isabel Cristina Zuleta, representative of the Rios Vivos movement in Antioquia; approaches to the mining problems by María Cecilia Roa (Universidad de los Andes), and Axel Rojas (Universidad del Cauca).

Also featured are novel approaches on post-conflict financing by researcher Eleonora Lozano (Universidad de los Andes) and Mario Hernández (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), on post-conflict health issues, a topic seldom addressed.

The construction of peace in, and from, the territories

The CAPAZ International Congress will conclude with a panel giving an account of diverse experiences in the construction of historical memory in Colombia. Participating, from the areas of culture, media, and with the victims at the center of the analysis, are Ivonne Suárez (Universidad Industrial de Santander); German researchers Anika Oettler and Julian Reiter (University of Marburg, Germany); Monika Contreras (Free University of Berlin), and Sandra Carolina Patiño (Universidad de Ibagué).

Admission to all sessions is free of charge until full room capacity is reached. The only requirement is advance registration. The form is available at the following  LINK