Presented by Michael Soto, Department of Sociology
Click the image below for event flyer
Click here to join the talk
The 2016 Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) formally ended a conflict that has extended for nearly 60 years. More than 13,000 FARC ex-combatants demobilized to more than 24 settlement camps across the country. I conducted fieldwork primarily in the state of Meta, covering two formal settlement camps (Mesetas and Vista Hermosa) and two cities (Villavicencio and also the country’s capital Bogotá). I interviewed both ex-combatants and the individuals they are interacting with following the Peace Agreement, asking about their biography, cross-group interactions, and national historic events. I build upon Maurice Halbwachs’s presentist approach to collective memory which focuses on groups, by engaging with scholarship on social networks. I also draw on cultural sociology as I examine the meanings that individuals attribute to their relationships.