Welcome to Democracy!: Building Peace in Late 20th Century Colombia

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My research charts an intellectual, political, and cultural history of violence and democracy in late 1980s and early 1990s Colombia. It does so by examining the rise of “violentology” as an expert knowledge that shaped peacebuilding policies in a moment of escalating violence in the country. My project inquires into. the role of academics and government officials influencing the public debate about the nation’s pathways to peace. I investigate the emergence of the “peace as democracy” thesis that saw its heyday in the proclamation of a new Colombian Constitution in 1991. During the summer 2019, I will conduct archival research to reconstruct how scholarly contributions and government peacebuilding practices affected the peace negotiations with guerrilla groups in 1990 and 1991 that foreshadowed the Constitutional Assembly’s democratic reforms.


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