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Narratives of Peace, Conflict and Reconciliation


The last two decades have seen the increase of conflicts of an ethnic, cultural, racial, environmental, religious, political or economic nature around the world. Hence, it is urgent to reflect on the hostilities that have come to be characteristic of our contemporary societies. Of equal relevance is to address the processes of negotiation and peace building that were pursued during this time. These processes have multiplied in various conflictive situations, prompting creative ways of narrating the historical memories of wars and confrontations and fostering spaces prone to dialogue between belligerent actors and their victims. The main questions of the summer school are based on the hypothesis that the recent peace process in Colombia —as well as new-fashioned cases of negotiation of other internal armed conflicts— represent fertile scenarios to understand or visualize the narratives through which societies confront, explain and process the effects of the conflict from both, a local and a global perspective. The aim of this summer school is to reflect on these processes of conflict, transition and peace, and on how cultures strive to imagine and build future horizons of peace. The central theme of this edition is cultural narratives of conflict, post-conflict and reconciliation.

Key questions like the following will be addressed in the summer school: How narratives of conflict, transition and reconciliation can be addressed from a theoretical perspective? What relevant features and perspectives explain conflict and social transformation around the world? How cultural narratives relate to, activate, orientate and represent conflict? In which ways the relationship between the notions of peace and truth enlighten the peace-making process in Colombia? What are the main challenges for pursuing a state of peace? How to address conflict resolution in the future?

Practical information

Dates & location 26 - 30 July 2021, online

MA, ReMA, PhD and Postdoc students


€ 0 (Free for this first online edition)
Free for UdeA, UG and OSL students

Academic coordinators

Pablo Valdivia - University of Groningen
Konstantin Mierau - University of Groningen
Elizabeth Pinilla - University of Groningen
Esther Andela - University of Groningen
Oihane Iglesias - University of Groningen
Rosmery-Ann Boegeholz - University of Groningen
Juan Camilo Domínguez - Universidad de Antioquia


Simultaneous Translation: All the panels will be simultaneously translated from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.




The summer school is designed for MA, ReMA, PhD and Postdoc students and researchers engaged in multi-disciplinary work in Humanities and Social Sciences with special focus on Cultural, Memory and Literary Studies, Political Sciences and International Relations.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English and/or Spanish language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English and/or Spanish.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • To enhance your awareness of the transnational dimension of narratives of peace, conflict and reconciliation.
  • To boost your analytical insights into the notions of cultural narrative, peace-building, conflict resolution, memory modes and reconciliation typologies.
  • To expand your reading and background knowledge of the history of peace, conflict, and reconciliation and enable them to gain an overview on the mutable nature of our transnational societies.
  • To hone your interpretative, analytical, collaborative and critical thinking skills through your engagement with real-world problems and creative solution-making in changing and complex social and political mobilization contexts.

  • Preparation: 123 hours
  • Lectures: 14 hours
  • Presentation: 3 hours

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 140 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Course schedule

Simultaneous Translation: All the panels will be simultaneously translated from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.

Materials: The material (readings and videos) will be available in Perusall. Each attendant must write at least 3 commentaries (either in English or Spanish) for each video and reading. In order to obtain the credits, the student has to earn a “pass” grade in Perusall (which will be equivalent to an average grade between 1 and 2 but never below 1). The deadline for submitting comments in Perusall is on Friday, August 6th at 13:00 (Colombia time) and 19:00 (Groningen time).

Keynote lectures: The keynote lectures will be pre-recorded (30 to 45 minutes max.) and will have simultaneous translation using the Powerpoint subtitles function. The recordings and readings will be distributed in advance among the participants. During the session, the participants will collaborate in small working groups divided by language (English or Spanish). The groups will have 30 minutes to prepare questions for the speaker. After that, the speaker (assisted by a moderator) will have 40 minutes to answer those questions.

Mini-presentations: Each speaker will give a 20-minute presentation followed by 20 minutes of Q&A.

Expert panels: Before each session, the students will have the opportunity to submit questions to the experts via Google form. The questions will serve as the starting point of a moderated conversation between the experts and the attendants.

Application procedure
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