9 September 2021
Decolonising Truth Globally
While recognition and reconciliation remain important, this symposium will explore what truth-telling with an explicitly decolonial focus might look like.
Seeking Sovereignty and Reparations through Truth-Telling
The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) and the Institute for Postcolonial Studies (IPCS) will be running a series of seminars on international experiences of truth-telling with particular relevance to the unfolding conversation about truth-telling in Australia following the release of the Uluru Statement calling for Voice, Treaty and Truth in 2017.
The seminars are intended to foster a critically important conversation about the possibilities and challenges of truth-telling by drawing on the experience of truth-telling processes in other global contexts. The series will focus particularly on truth processes that have impacted on Indigenous communities in order to share knowledge that may help inform an Australian truth-telling process.
Thus far, globally, truth-telling has often been linked to discourses of recognition and reconciliation within a multicultural project. While recognition and reconciliation remain important, this symposium will explore what truth-telling with an explicitly decolonial focus might look like. It will ask specifically how truth telling can restore sovereignty and ensure reparations in a practical sense – what initiatives are necessary for this to happen?
Part 1: The Colombian Peace Process: Truth-telling in times of continuing conflict
The series will begin with a seminar on the Colombian truth process. On November 29–30 of 2016 the Colombian government ratified a historical Peace Accord with the left-wing guerrilla group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP). This long-lasting armed conflict has left more than eight million officially recognised victims. Colombia’s post-Accord period has been tied to a quest to understand what happened during more than 50 years of armed conflict involving military, paramilitary, state, business and guerrilla actors with a Truth Commission for the Clarification of Truth and No Repetition created in 2017. More than four years after the Accord’s ratification, state sanctioned denialist politics, ongoing coloniality, and violence continue in Colombia with more than 900 social leaders massacred since day one of the Accord.
Based on this context, this seminar presents the interventions of two speakers from the Truth Commission who have been involved in processes of anti-colonial and Indigenous truth-telling in the Colombian peace process, and who bring to light the intersections of Indigenous sovereignty, decolonisation and peace, which are timely to Australian debates on decolonising truth-telling.
Descolonizando la verdad globalmente
Parte 1: El proceso de paz en Colombia y la verdad en tiempos de continuidad del conflicto
Ponentes: Maria Patricia Tobón Yagarí (Comisionada) y Alejandra Londoño de la Comisión de la Verdad
Moderadora: Laura Rodriguez Castro, Investigadora posdoctoral, Instituto Alfred Deakin para la Ciudadanía y la Globalización, Universidad de Deakin, Melbourne, Australia.
El seminario se realizará con interpretación en Inglés y en Español.
Facilitator / moderadora
Laura Rodriguez Castro is a researcher, writer and educator employed as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. Her research focuses on decolonial feminisms, anti-racism, rurality and difficult memories. Her book, Decolonial Feminisms, Power and Place: Sentipensando with Rural Women in Colombia (2021) explores how rural women enact and imagine decolonial feminist worlds.
Laura Rodríguez Castro es investigadora postdoctoral, escritora y educadora actualmente empleada en el Instituto Alfred Deakin para la Ciudadanía y la Globalización de la Universidad de Deakin. Su investigación se centra en temáticas como los feminismos descoloniales, el antirracismo, la memoria y la ruralidad. Además, ha realizado proyectos con métodos artísticos participativos en Australia y Colombia con comunidades rurales, artistas, académica/os y activistas. Su libro públicado por Palgrave, Decolonial Feminisms, Power and Place: Sentipensando with Rural Women in Colombia (2021) explora cómo las mujeres rurales crean e imaginan mundos feministas descoloniales. Sus proyectos más recientes investigan la comprensión translocal de procesos difíciles de memoria y patrimonio.Back to top
Date: 9 September 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am Location: Online via Zoom