Videos - Transmedia HistoryTelling

What is Transmedia HistoryTelling about? – Karla L. Escobar H.

Transmedia HistoryTelling is a project with the aim of collectively think about the forms of communication in history, particularly in the history of law. Although the concern has this disciplinary origin, it seeks to promote plural dialogues with both academic and non-academic audiences. To this end, it seeks to explore new narratives using different media: how can historians participate in current debates? how can we better communicate our research results? how can our research produce significant lessons that help us think about the future in times of crisis? Let's think together!

¡A Desalambrar! Capítulo Introductorio – Karla L. Escobar H.

A Desalambrar! (Tear Down the Fences!) It's a 5-episode micro-series based on the doctoral research of Karla L. Escobar H. titled "Citizenship, Justice, and Indigeneity: A History of Indigenous Legal Practices in Cauca - Colombia, 1880-1938". Throughout these five episodes, we will approach the stories of important indigenous leaders in the southwest of the country to analyze the legal-political strategies used by them to protect their territories, the transformations they underwent over time, as well as their strategies' scope and limitations. The series takes its name from the well-known song "¡A Desalambrar!" by Daniel Viglietti, which was popularized in Latin America by Víctor Jara and -in Colombia also by Ana and Jaime-. The lyrics were sung by indigenous people from Cauca during one of the many meetings that took place in the region in the 1970s, within the framework of the reconstitution of the indigenous councils, throughout the first years of the Consejo Regional Indígena del Cauca (Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca). In the version that we remember here -and that serves as an intro for this series of videos- the singers added a new verse, in which they criticized the Agrarian Reform policies that were being carried out and made a call for collective mobilization. Although the video makes emphasis on the legal dimension of the story, the nature of the song reminds us that this battle was taking place in several spheres: political, social, and, of course, cultural.

¡A Desalambrar! Episode 2 - Karla L. Escobar H.

In the second episode of the micro-series A Desalambrar!, Karla Escobar reflects on the legal category "indígena" (indigenous person) in Colombian law in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Based on the story of José Paulino Tovar, governor of the indigenous partiality of Ancuya, the researcher highlights the relevance of studying historically the relationships that exist between forms of identification and political mobilization, legal practices, and the legal categories. The argumentative directions shown by the legal struggle initiated by Tovar in 1894 for his "resguardo" (reservation) to be recognized as such, shows the plasticity that the category "indígena" has had throughout Colombian history and seeks to vindicate this capacity for transformation. How can these dispute and transformative recreation processes help us think about other categories, such as those of nation or citizenship, which tend to present themselves as immanent in daily life? What relevance does this have for thinking about Colombian current events? The call is, as always, to think together about the possibility of, as Hespanha would say, recognizing in the otherness of the past the opportunity to imagine different futures.

¡A Desalambrar! The Quintinada and the Minga as a space for normative reflection - Episode 3

Can we understand the Minga as a space for reflection about state normativity? In episode 3 of the micro-series ¡A Desalambrar!, Nasa indigenous leader Ana Collo, talks about the Minga as a situation in which indigenous people can "build from the words" for the benefit of the population. Based on this idea, Karla Escobar analyzes the so-called Quintinada, the name given to the indigenous uprisings led by Manuel Quintín Lame between 1914-1916. In the video, the Quintinada is conceived as a space for reflection about the state law that would mark much of the processes of indigenous organization and mobilization throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The question about the Quintinada is also framed in a reflection on the present and the risks of stigmatization to which the minga and the indigenous movement have been subjected lately in Colombia. What is the importance of having these kinds of spaces for collective reflection nowadays? How this exercise of "building from the words" might mean for the non-indigenous world? Don't forget to leave your comments!

Un Video A Viarias Manos

A couple of months ago, on our Facebook page, we invited people to make a collective video or " a video by many hands", as we call it then, to discuss a phenomenon that was occurring in the context of the protests in Colombia: the knocking down of monuments. We received some comments on the page and a couple of videos, and based on them, we made some invitations to look at the problem from different perspectives. It was a very interesting exercise that allowed us to create a non-linear narrative that led us through different analytical paths: the law, the memory, the national discourses, or even the emotional ones, all of them aimed at thinking about the role of history to imagine possible futures. The video we share today does not seek to give an answer to the phenomenon, but rather, it seeks to become a space for discussion that shows some of the many edges of the situation. We invite you to watch it to the end and to share your views on the matter on our social networks.

¡A Desalambrar! La amistad en la guerra y el lenguaje del derecho - Capitulo 4

The fourth episode of A Desalambrar! tells the story of a largely unknown Colombian indigenous leader named Pío Collo. In the early 20th century, Collo participated in the capture of another -more famous in Colombian history- the indigenous leader, Manuel Quintín Lame. The reflection on Collo's life and that of other leaders with similar life trajectories lead us to inquire into the importance of wartime political friendship relations between white-mestizo and indigenous political elites in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also, show us the crucial role that speaking "the language of the law" might have during periods of peace for those indigenous leaders interested in defending collective property within the republican political system. 
June 21, 2022

¡A Desalambrar! - Capítulo 5

A Desalambrar! It is a micro-series that tells the stories of different indigenous political leaders of the early twentieth century, Cauca (Colombia). The series emphasizes the role that the law played not only in indigenous struggles for land, recorded in numerous memorials written by then or their representatives to state authorities, but also speaks of the very different ways of conceiving indigeneity both by state authorities and within the indigenous communities themselves. These different ways of conceiving indigeneity were an important axis in several areas: in the design of laws, for the creation of legal arguments in lawsuits and disputes, and the invention of strategies for organization and political mobilization. The series conceives indigeneity as a form of experiencing the "indígena" - as a legal category of the Republic - which is lived differently in each time and place. This last chapter of A Desalambrar! tells us about the experiences of three important leaders: José Pío Collo, Manuel Quintín Lame and José Gonzalo Sánchez. All of them, from different shores, reflected on their own indigeneity and on the role that law played in the exercise of imagining indigenous citizenship at the beginning of the 20th Century.
Go to Editor View