Postconflict Utopias: Performing Everyday Survival in Colombia

Lecture | December 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Tania Lizarazo, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication, and the Global Studies Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

JOB TALK IN GENDER & WOMEN'S STUDIES

Using excerpts from Mujeres Pacíficas (mujerespacificas.org), a digital storytelling project in collaboration with Afro-Colombian women activists, I will explore the utopian character of survival in a postconflict that has yet to materialize. These stories portray how survival manifests in everyday practices—from showing up to care-taking—, and not in massive resistance actions. I move away from written narratives that center a traumatic memory that reproduces violence, towards audiovisual representations of an ethical memory that recognizes the utopian potential of overcoming victimhood. As speculative rehearsals of peace-building, these stories exemplify the embodied knowledge that makes survival and imagining peace possible.

Biography:
Tania Lizarazo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication, and the Global Studies Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her digital storytelling projects include a collaboration with Afro-Colombian activists: “Mujeres Pacíficas” (mujerespacificas.org), a collaboration with members of farm working communities in California’s Central Valley: “Sexualidades Campesinas” (sexualidadescampesinas.ucdavis.edu), and an ongoing project in collaboration with Latina immigrants in Baltimore: “Moving Stories: Latinas in Baltimore.” She is also co-PI of the service learning project “Intercultural Tales: Learning with Baltimore’s Immigrant Communities.”

 gilliane@berkeley.edu