Pilar Riaño-Alcalá

Professor, Social Justice Institute

University of British Columbia

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá is a professor at the Social Justice Institute and co-lead of the Memory and Justice Research Stream. She is an anthropologist and interdisciplinary scholar. Her research interests are on historical memory and the lived experience of violence in the afterlives of mass violence, the ethnography of living traces of memory and social repair; oralities and sound memory and social practice art. Pilar also is interested in exploring the politics of knowledge and epistemic justice through the use of emplaced and creative research methodologies that draw on other knowledges and centrally locate action and change in knowledge production. Pilar is the author of “Dwellers of Memory. Youth and Violence in Medellin, Colombia” (Transaction Publishers, 2006, ebook Routledge, 2017) and “Poniendo Tierra de por medio. Migracion forzada de colombianos en Colombia, Ecuador y Canadá (Corporación Región and UBC, 2008) and is currently working on the book manuscript, “In the Interstices of War and Peace: Memory and Social Repair in Colombia.” Her articles have appeared in Memory Studies, the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Anthropology Quarterly, Revista Colombiana de Antropología, Refugee Survey Quarterly, Estudios Politicos among others. She is currently a Senior Fellow at The Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies, CALAS.

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