“Living and telling historical injustice”: Narrativity, political action and participatory video in ‘post-conflict’ Guatemala.

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Berber Bevernage

Co-supervision: Prof. Dr. Eva Brems

Researcher: Tessa Boeykens

Sponsored by FWO Research Foundation Flanders (2013-2017) and Ghent University Global Minds Fund (2018)

Through ethnographic fieldwork and participatory video, I explore the production and mobilization of historical narratives in ‘post-conflict’ Guatemala. More specifically, I focus on the relation between narrativity and political action in indigenous victim-survivor communities in the Cobán region of the Alta Verapaz Department. During my PhD trajectory I gradually developed a participative, filmmaking-based methodology resulting in a performative ethnography of a community filmmaking process.

For the last three years I have been working with the community of Copal AA La Esperanza, a community of ‘returnees’ threatened by the construction of a hydroelectric dam on its territory. The possible costruction of this dam has opened a discursive space where collective historical narratives are being (re-)negotiated to make land claimsand demand historical justice.

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