Colombia

Cultural Traffic: the Construction of New Subjectivities in the Peripheries of Medellin and Sao Paulo

Figura 3: Peace One Day in Medellín. Photo: Yojan Valencia. (From right to left: A l onso Salazar, Mayor of Medellín; John Jaime Sánchez, Son Batá leader; JBalvín, recognised reggaeton singer; Musician from Crew Peligrosos of Comuna 4; Jeihhco, artist and cultural manager of Comuna 13; Juanes, Colombian singer; Mario, vocalist of the group Doctor Krápula; and Nene, from Son Batá) 

Figura 3: Peace One Day in Medellín. Photo: Yojan Valencia.
(From right to left: A l onso Salazar, Mayor of Medellín; John Jaime Sánchez, Son Batá leader; JBalvín, recognised reggaeton singer; Musician from Crew Peligrosos of Comuna 4; Jeihhco, artist and cultural manager of Comuna 13; Juanes, Colombian singer; Mario, vocalist of the group Doctor Krápula; and Nene, from Son Batá) 

Estefania González Vélez from Colombia, just acquired a doctorate in Cultural Agents at the National University of Colombia. For those who are part of the construction of Cultural Agents, the members of the PhD at the National University of Colombia, and for those acting within the cultural field, this milestone is quite significant. Estefania is the first student who graduates from a PhD program in this line, confirming the importance of proposing new theories and approaches to understand social transformation processes occurring in the region. 

In order to get her degree, Estefania developed a compared research process between cultural collectives in the peripheries of Medellin and Sao Paulo, which provide a wide fieldwork and a theoretical research that puts into dialogue different authors. This allowed her to understand the processes led by young people within Latin American peripheries that she defines as "cultural traffic". The aforementioned involves complex relationships, negotiations and complex meetings with public policies, the marketplace, and with the actors in the territory. In her research, Gonzalez Velez also developed other conceptual approaches such as, "refuge communities", "cultural productive arrangements " and“periphery consumes periphery". 

The dissertation, "Cultural Traffic: the Construction of New Subjectivities in the Peripheries of Medellin and Sao Paulo," is accompanied by Paolo Vignolo, and was evaluated and approved by Brazilian and Colombian juries in February 2016. 

To read the full thesis, please see:

http://www.bdigital.unal.edu.co/51287/1/estefaniagonzalezvelez.2016.pdf

Highlights from August 2015

Harvard Professor Doris Sommer was invited by the Ministry of Culture to speak about the victims of the conflict in Colombia, proposing the need for creativity and education to change the current situation in Colombia, and to inform human rights and symbolic reparations. To listen to the interview on W Radio on August 3, 2015, click here

La estrategia de formación de formadores hace parte del trabajo que realiza la Dirección de Poblaciones del Ministerio de Cultura con el fin de fortalecer y consolidar las capacidades de los gestores culturales, las organizaciones y los colectivos que trabajan por la reparación simbólica, para el desarrollo de medidas de satisfacción para las víctimas del conflicto armado interno, en el marco de la Ley 1448 de 2011. Las jornadas dirigidas a gestores culturales, miembros de organizaciones de víctimas, comunidades y diversos colectivos que trabajan con víctimas y que han llevado a cabo procesos de reparación simbólica; giran alrededor de una pregunta fundamental: ¿Cómo repara la cultura a las víctimas del Conflicto Armado Interno? Cada jornada tiene un énfasis que busca profundizar en el sentido reparador de las manifestaciones artísticas: danza, música, cine, literatura, teatro, artes visuales y adicionalmente experiencias de centros y sitios de memoria; logrando así cualificar el diálogo y la articulación entre los gestores culturales, las organizaciones de sociales de víctimas y el sector cultura.