Territories of Conflict

Territories of Conflict

Traversing Colombia through Cultural Studies

Edited by Andrea Fanta Castro, Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, Chloe Rutter-Jensen


University of Rochester Press



This interdisciplinary volume investigates the cultural and political landscapes of Colombia through citizenship, displacement, local and global cultures, grass-root movements, political activism, human rights, environmentalism, and media productions.
Territories of Conflict offers a comprehensive view of the cultural and political landscapes of Colombia through in-depth analyses of citizenship, displacement, local and global cultures, grassroots movements, political activism, human rights, environmentalism, and media production. The volume investigates conflict as a creative force but one that is not devoid of its destructive meaning for Colombia. It is precisely through conflict that the nation's social and cultural fabric is being mapped out, thus resulting in territories -- understood in both a literal and a metaphorical sense -- that paradoxically coexist in discordance. Contributors to this interdisciplinary volume include historians, sociologists, political scientists, musicologists, and environmentalists, as well as literary, media, and cultural studies specialists from the United States, Colombia, and Europe.

CONTRIBUTORS: Maurizio Alì, Ingrid Johanna Bolívar Ramírez, Margarita Cuéllar Barona, Andrea Fanta Castro, Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste, Joaquín Llorca Franco, David Fernando García, Felipe Gómez Gutiérrez, Álvaro Diego Herrera Arango, Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, Stacey Hunt, Camilo Alberto Jiménez Alfonso, Gregory J. Lobo, Tatjana Louis, Felipe Martínez-Pinzón, María Ospina, Kate Paarlberg-Kvam, Diana Pardo Pedraza, Aldona Bialowas Pobutsky, Chloe Rutter-Jensen, Claudia Salamanca Sánchez, Sven Schuster, Silvia Serrano,

Andrea Fanta Castro is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Florida International University; Alejandro Herrero-OIaizola is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Spanish & Latin American Studies at the University of Michigan; and Chloe Rutter-Jensen is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.


April 2017
25 black and white illustrations
316 pages
9x6 in
ISBN: 9781580465809
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC SOC022000, POL057000, MUS036000
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Territories of Conflict through Colombian Cultural Studies
Narratives of the Past in History Textbooks
The Duty of Memory: La Violencia between Remembrance and Forgetting
National Identity in Colombian Comics: Between Violence and New Configurations
Victims and Warriors: Representations and Self-Representations of the FARC-EP and Its Leaders
Charisma and Nation in the Hegemony of Uribismo in Colombia
The Greenhouse Gaze: Climate and Culture in Colombia (1808-1934)
The Darién Gap: Political Discourse and Economic Development in Colombia
Safeguarding the Witoto: How Indigenous Law May Challengethe Universality of Human Rights
The Soundscape and the Reshaping of Territories:Neighborhood Sounds in San Nicolás, Cali
The Amputated Body: Ghostly and Literal Presence
Colombian Women Activists and the Potential for Peace
Beauty Queens and Theme Parks: Coffee Culture inContemporary Colombia
Amores Invisibles: The Politics of Gender in theColombian Cultural Industry
Unheard Claims, Well-Known Rhythms: The MusicalGuerrilla FARC-EP (1988-2010)
The Case of Chocquibtown: Approaches to the Nation inContemporary New Colombian Music
Weaving Words and Meanings for the ColombianCountryside: Jorge Velosa's Carranguera Lyrics
Natural Plots: The Rural Turn in ContemporaryColombian Cinema
Kidnapping and Representation: Images of a Sovereignin the Making
Going Down Narco Memory Lane: Pablo Escobar in theVisual Media
List of Contributors