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17:30 - 19:00 9 May 2018

Book Launch - Chocolate, Politics and Peace-Building: An Ethnography of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia'

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Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Gwen Burnyeat, Wolfson PhD Scholar, UCL Anthropology, Gwen Burnyeat is a Wolfson PhD Scholar in Anthropology at University College London, UK. She has worked in Colombia for eight years, has a Masters from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia where she also lectured in Political Anthropology, and her prize-winning documentary ‘Chocolate of Peace’ was released in 2016 (see http://chocolatedepaz.com/english for a trailer).
Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Assistant Dean, School of Law, Birkbeck, Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is Assistant Dean of the School of Law at Birkbeck, author of the award-winning What If Latin America Ruled the World? (Bloomsbury, 2010), and a frequent commentator in El Espectador, the BBC World Service, Nightwaves, The Stream, Monocle Radio 24, NTN 24, and Al-Jazeera, among others. He obtained his LLM with Distinction at University College London, and his PhD in Philosophy at the King’s College of the University of Aberdeen.

This book by Gwen Burnyeat tells the story of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, an emblematic grassroots social movement of peasant farmers, who unusually declared themselves ‘neutral’ to Colombia’s internal armed conflict, in the north-west region of Urabá. It reveals two core narratives in the Community’s collective identity, which Burnyeat calls the ‘radical’ and the ‘organic’ narratives. These refer to the historically-constituted interpretative frameworks according to which they perceive respectively the Colombian state, and their relationship with their natural and social environments. Together, these two narratives form an ‘Alternative Community’ collective identity, comprising a distinctive conception of grassroots peace-building.


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Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)2031089721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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