British Academy “Documentality & Display: Archiving and curating the violent past in contemporary South America”

Our British Academy-funded project asks the following questions: How should those effected by State violence and armed conflict record and collect their experiences to lend them effectively to future justice processes and future use? How are questions of inclusiveness, categorisation and material delimitations dealt with by established and emerging archives and documentation centres? How are these centres being used? This research draws upon the notion of ‘documentality’ in the philosophy of Ferraris (2013; also Bell, 2018), by which the social order is understood to be founded upon the ways in which human lives are inscribed materially and imaginatively, to study key centres of post-conflict documentation in Argentina, Chile and Colombia. It investigates how their modes of recording attempt to lend order to the messiness of violence, and how documents are put to work within legal, cultural and aesthetic processes that place them within other forums, e.g. courts, websites and community spaces, with their distinct modes of display.

Website https://sites.gold.ac.uk/documenting-and-displaying-past-violence-project/

The Sigh of Sorrow and the Force of Art: On the Work of Erika Diettes

2020
This article considers the work of Colombian artist Erika Diettes (b. 1978), specifically her projects Sudarios, Río Abajo and Relicarios, as a reflection on ...
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Archives of Violence: Case Studies from South America

2021
Research report of The British Academy funded project 'Documentality & Display: Archiving and Curating Violence in South America' (2018-2021). This ...
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Informe ‘Archivos de violencia: estudios de caso de América del Sur’

2021
Esta investigación  buscó indagar en la historia y formas de entender los archivos en los tres países, y conocer distintas ...
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Dra. Vikki Bell

Dra. Vikki Bell

Doctora en Sociología, Profesora del Departamento de Sociología de Goldsmiths, Universidad de Londres ...
Dr. Jaime Hernández-García

Dr. Jaime Hernández-García

Doctor en Arquitectura, paisaje y urbanismo. Profesor de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, Colombia ...
Dra. Oriana Bernasconi

Dra. Oriana Bernasconi

Doctora en sociología. Especialización: violencia política, documentalidad y archivos, sujetos, resistencias, teoría social. Coordinadora Programa Memoria y DD.HH. UAH ...
Cecilia Sosa

Cecilia Sosa

Socióloga, PhD en Drama, Universidad de Londres. Especialización en estudios culturales, performance, afectos y memoria ...
The Place of the Archive Conference

The Place of the Archive Conference

On September 1st 2021, Vikki Bell gave an opening plenary at the International Conference ‘The Place of the Archive of State Violence’ organised as a conversation with Oriana Bernasconi. The conference was organised by the Anillos project ‘Tecnologías Políticas de la Memoria’ (CONICYT funded) whose interdisciplinary team incorporates members from ...
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Memory, Justice, Archive: Interview with Gonzalo Sánchez Gómez

Memory, Justice, Archive: Interview with Gonzalo Sánchez Gómez

During the lockdown period, the team has endeavoured to complete its schedule of interviews, and we were delighted to catch up with Gonzalo Sánchez, the founder and former director of Colombia’s Centro nacional de memoria histórica (until 2018), who spoke to us from his home in Bogotá. His rich interview will inform our ...
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Reflexiones sobre el papel y futuro del Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica

Reflexiones sobre el papel y futuro del Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica

In this short podcast team member Jaime Hernández-García reflects on the work of the Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica (the National Centre ...
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The Risk of Images, After All

The Risk of Images, After All

Vikki Bell talks about her forth-coming chapter that considers the different photographs that have appeared at the site of the ...
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The feminist call and the crying perpetrator: New encounters at ESMA Memory Museum

The feminist call and the crying perpetrator: New encounters at ESMA Memory Museum

Cecilia Sosa talks about how ESMA Memory Museum became a new space of encounter for different audiences and generations. In ...
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The Politics of Memory: archives, registers and artefacts

The Politics of Memory: archives, registers and artefacts

Oriana Bernasconi gave an interview to Alfredo Joignant for radio station Tele 13 radio 103.3FM in which she discusses the ...
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