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What does the future hold for Colombia? Discussing Colombia's Truth Commission Final Report (Held in Spanish)

Organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University, the UoL Conflict, Memory & Heritage Research Group at University of Liverpool, and the University of Huddersfield, with with Cátedra Molano - Foundation Alfredo Molano Bravo.

Organisers: Dr Catalina Montoya Londoño (Liverpool Hope University), Dr Camilo Tamayo Gómez (University of Huddersfield), Professor Claire Taylor (University of Liverpool) 

Guest organizations/speakers: Truth Commission, Comisión de Seguimiento, Cátedra/Fundation Alfredo Molano Bravo, Mujer Diáspora, Rodeemos el Diálogo, EAN University, CINEP/PPP, ABC Colombia Programme, Justice for Colombia, Escuela Audiovisual Belén de los Andaquíes, and Researchers/Advisors for the Truth Commission.  
Date and time: 7 October 2022 from 2-5 pm (British time) in Liverpool Hope University campus (Learning Lab) and via Zoom  

The Colombian Truth Commission's final report acknowledges massive human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law during more than six decades of armed conflict in Colombia. It presents a comprehensive narrative, amplifying the voices of victims and survivors in the country and exiled abroad. The main aim of this report is to fully understand the different cycles of violence in Colombia, identify causes and consequences, and start open conversations regarding the future of the country. The final report makes recommendations to ensure the non-recurrence of violence, having victims' needs at the centre of these recommendations. This event organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre, The University of Huddersfield and The University of Liverpool with with Cátedra Molano - Foundation Alfredo Molano Bravo, brings multiple and diverse civil society, academic voices and Truth Commission representatives to reflect on Colombia's Truth Commission final report and its recommendations. It will address different perspectives on the challenging implementation of the report's recommendations with the aim of recognising the crucial role of victims and civil society in general to claim justice, truth, and reparation in post-conflict Colombia.

Register online via Zoom here

Register to attend the event in Liverpool Hope University Learning Lab, Gateway Building (2nd Floor) here

Please find more about our institutions in the following links:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies here
UoL Conflict, Memory & Heritage Research Group at University of Liverpool here
University of Huddersfield here
Cátedra Alfredo Molano Bravo here

More information: tutu@hope.ac.uk



¿Qué le depara el futuro a Colombia? Discutiendo el Informe Final de la Comisión de la Verdad 
Organizado por el Archbishop Desmomd Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies (Liverpool Hope University), el Grupo de investigación Conflict, Memory & Heritage (Universidad de Liverpool) y la Universidad de Huddersfield (UK), en el marco del la Cátedra Alfredo Molano Bravo - Foundation Alfredo Molano Bravo.
Oganizadores: Dr Catalina Montoya Londoño (Liverpool Hope University), Dr Camilo Tamayo Gómez (University of Huddersfield), Professor Claire Taylor (University of Liverpool) 

Organzaciones participantes: Comisión de la Verdad, Comisión de Seguimiento, Cátedra/Fundación Alfredo Molano Bravo, Mujer Diáspora, Rodeemos el Diálogo, Universidad EAN, CINEP/PPP, ABC Colombia Programme, Justice for Colombia, Escuela Audiovisual Belén de los Andaquíes, investigadores y consultoresparala Comisión de la Verdad.  
Fecha y Hora: 7 Octubre 2022, 2-5 pm (British time)

Conversatorio híbrido: Learning Lab, Liverpool Hope University (2nd Floor, Gateway building, L16 9JD) y online via zoom 
Día y hora: 7 de octubre de 2022, de 14:00 a 17:00 (UK)
Links para registrarse al evento:
Regístrese para participar virtualmente vía Zoom aquí 
Regístrese para participación presencial a través de Hope Store aquí  
El reporte final de la Comisión de la Verdad reconoce violaciones masivas a los derechos humanos y el derecho internacional humanitario durante más de seis décadas del conflicto armado en Colombia. Presenta una narrativa integral e inclusiva, amplificando las voces de las víctimas y sobrevivientes en el país y en el exilio. El objetivo del reporte es comprender los diferentes ciclos de la violencia en Colombia, identificar las causas y consecuencias y facilitar conversaciones sobre el futuro del país. El reporte final hace recomendaciones para asegurar la no repetición de la violencia, poniendo las necesidades de las víctimas en el centro de esas recomendaciones. Este conversatorio reunirá múltiples y diversas voces de la sociedad civil, académicos y representantes de la Comisión de la Verdad para reflexionar sobre el informe final de la Comisión de la Verdad de Colombia y sus recomendaciones. Abordará diferentes perspectivas sobre la desafiante implementación de las recomendaciones del informe con el objetivo de reconocer el papel crucial de las víctimas y la sociedad civil en general para reclamar justicia, verdad y reparación en el posconflicto colombiano.
Más sobre nuestras organizaciones aquí: 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies aquí
UoL Conflict, Memory & Heritage Research Group at University of Liverpool aquí
University of Huddersfield aquí
Cátedra Alfredo Molano Bravoaquí

Más información vía tutu@hope.ac.uk


Call for Abstracts: The Trojan Horse Affair

Organisers: Contemporary Islamic Studies programme, St Antony’s College, Oxford; Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University; SOAS University of London

Conference date: TBC

Keynote speakers: Prof John Holmwood (University of Nottingham); Dr Khadijah Elshayyal (University of Edinburgh)

Abstract deadline: 15 May 2022

The Contemporary Islamic Studies programme at St Antony’s College, Oxford, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre at Liverpool Hope University, and SOAS University of London are hosting a two-day online conference on the Trojan Horse Affair (THA).

The so-called ‘Trojan Horse Affair’ gripped Britain in the mid-2010s on the basis of a fake letter that purported to show the attempted takeover of a number of Birmingham schools by ‘Islamic extremists’. The episode was used as a springboard by the British government and media establishment to justify the increased surveillance and marginalisation of the already securitised Muslim community in Britain. In particular, the government aggressively beefed up the Prevent programme, which already disproportionately affected Muslim citizens, on the basis of the so-called Trojan Horse letter. And until recently, the conventional wisdom in Britain was that Muslims had indeed been ‘up to no good’ in British schools.

This narrative has been called into serious question by the latest instalment of the New York Times Serial podcast series. In eight gripping episodes, journalists Brian Reed and Hamza Syed pick apart the accepted narrative with remarkable ease to show the Islamophobic underpinnings of the prevailing account purveyed for years by the UK political and media establishments. The podcast draws an explicit parallel with another sinister hoax from European history, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. It also has noteworthy parallels with the Zinoviev letter in Britain and the Dreyfus Affair in France.

In this call for papers, we invite both scholars and interested community members to offer their reflections on what transpired in the wake of the emergence of the fake letter in Birmingham in late 2013, and what it says about Islamophobia, minority status, religion, secularism, securitisation, liberalism, and establishment complicity in the systematic marginalisation of Muslims in modern Britain and beyond. We would also welcome testimonies of community members from Birmingham regarding the impact of the aggressive government and media attention directed at their schools, and the aftereffects of this hostile attention on the students and communities affected. These testimonies do not have to take the form of conventional academic papers - we welcome the use of diverse writing and presentation styles including poetry, short prose, conversation/interview, illustration, and the like.


Abstracts pertaining to the Trojan Horse Affair can address (but need not be limited to) any of the themes below:

  • Islamophobia, racism, and their manifestation in contemporary Britain
  • Structural Islamophobia and racism as manifested in the THA
  • The depoliticisation of British Muslims due to the THA
  • The THA’s adverse consequences for British Muslims’ educational experience
  • The meaning of “undue religious influence” in the educational and other public sectors of an Anglican state
  • Gender and misogyny in the THA
  • The legitimation of the Prevent-Islamophobia complex by the political classes, think tanks, pressure groups, and/or the media
  • The impact of the THA on the future prospects of Muslim students in Britain
  • Reflecting on one’s positionality beyond the academic realm
  • Comparisons between minorities: Islamophobia and other racisms
  • Violence as a trope in Islamophobic discourse
  • Postcolonial and/or decolonial perspectives on the THA
  • ‘Fundamental British Values’ and the exclusion of minorities
  • Free speech, power, and the silencing of minorities

For consideration of your proposal, please send a roughly 400-word abstract, summarising your proposed contribution and indicating what format it will take, to cisoq@sant.ox.ac.uk along with your full name and a short bio by the 15 May 2022. Please send the email with the subject line Abstract for THA.

Select participants may be asked to send in 3000-word essays which will be published in an edited volume with an academic press. These finalised essays will be collated and prepared for submission for peer-review as soon as possible after the planned conference in late August 2022, and no later than 30 September 2022.

Conference conveners:

Dr Salman Al-Azami, Liverpool Hope University

Dr Shereen Fernandez, London School of Economics

Dr Suriyah Bi, University of Edinburgh and SOAS University of London

Dr Usaama al-Azami, University of Oxford

Advisory committee:

Prof Therese O’Toole, University of Bristol

Dr Rehana Parveen, University of Birmingham

Dr Shamim Miah, University of Huddersfield

Dr Waqas Tufail, Leeds Beckett University