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Perspectives on Public History in Colombia

  • Amada Carolina Pérez Benavides and Sebastián Vargas Álvarez EMAIL logo


This article discusses the main characteristics of public history in Colombia, taking into account the challenges of the current political context. From a Latin American perspective of public practices of history, characterized by collaborative research and dialogue between diverse disciplines and knowledge, we analyze some of the experiences developed in Colombia in recent decades. We particularly study the ways in which public history has fostered an open discussion around the armed conflict, the recent peace process, and the social mobilizations of the last years.

Corresponding author: Sebastián Vargas Álvarez, History Program, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia, E-mail:

Some of the reflections proposed in this paper arise from the research project ‘Images and public uses of sociology and history: memory appropriation processes with the ethnic groups of the Sibundoy Valley and the Sierra Nevada’ (PRY. 08018), funded by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. We would like to thank the philosopher and English teacher Juan Manuel Gómez París for his careful review of our translation.

Published Online: 2021-12-21

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