About the conference
The conference has two overarching aims: First, we are interested in shedding light on the practices, experiences and future visions of the people who have both lived the reality of organized violence, and fought at the forefront of achieving peace and justice. Since their critical voices often play a marginal role in policy debates concerning the implementation of the Peace Agreement, we want to foster dialogue among alternative views on peace and post-accord development, including the perspectives of social leaders, human rights defenders, community activists, women, campesinxs (peasants), ethnic groups and students, among others. Second, we want to better integrate researchers who are conducting cutting-edge work on post-accord challenges in Colombia.
The five-year anniversary represents a natural occasion to review and evaluate the progress of the implementation of the peace accords. We want to enrich this review process by shifting the emphasis from top-down implementation of policies to the perspectives and experiences of the people at the margins of power, who often put themselves at risk to voice their concerns and demands for a different future. Systematic political violence, high impunity rates, and political stigmatization have further deteriorated the already precarious situation of activists and communities that advocate for transformative peace.
Rather than thinking about people in the margins as a homogeneous group, we are interested in how this group of people challenge the ideas of peace and development from different perspectives. By paying attention to the experiences and voices of the people in the margins, we are particularly interested in the ways in which gender, race, class, age, citizenship and social hierarchies shape the experiences and visions of those at the forefront of building transformative peace in their communities and territories.