Robert Karl presents “The FARC’s First March and the Making of Contemporary Colombia”

Wed, Sep 20, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

The opening weeks of 2017 provided dramatic images of what commentators around the world term “the FARC’s final march:” the historic demobilization of Latin America’s oldest insurgent force, which has long been seen viewed as a Marxist revolutionary group dedicated to the seizure of political power. This talk explores the origins of those established narratives, in the context of the FARC’s first march in the mid-1960s – how certain ideas about violence came to configure our understanding of recent Colombian history. By focusing on the local, regional, and national dynamics of Colombians’ debates over peace and violence, this talk demonstrates how violence between rural Colombian Communists and the Colombian state was not preordained. Instead, it was the precisely the breakdown of efforts to avoid violence that gave rise to the chronicles of inevitability and revolution that continue to define contemporary Colombia.

216 Burr Hall