Pilar Email: pilar.riano@ubc.ca

 

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá, PhD in Anthropology (UBC, 2000) is an associate professor at the School of Social Work and a faculty fellow in residence at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. From 2008 to 2013, she was one of the researchers of the Grupo de Memoria Histórica (Historical Memory Commission) in Colombia. In her scholarly work, she is primarily concerned with three broad themes relating to ongoing violent conflicts: the lived experience of violence and displacement, the politics of memory, and the ethnography of suffering and social repair.

Personal website: http://blogs.ubc.ca/priano/

Areas of interest

Lived experience of violence

Historical Memory and the politics of memory and witnessing

Forced migration (internal displacement and refuge)

Critical and participatory methodologies

Community organizing, everyday resistance and social repair

Public art and politics

Current Research Projects

The workings of memory in contexts of crisis. A repertoire of memory initiatives. SSHRC Insight grant. (Colombia)

The possibilities and challenges of a place-based approach to strengthening urban communities: A case study of neighbourhood houses in Vancouver. Principal Investigator: Miu Chan

Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas. SSHRC Partnership Grant. Principal Investigator: Peter Kulchyski, University of Manitoba

Against Mass Atrocities: Community Based Strategies to Document Human Rights Abuses (Colombia and Uganda) with Dr. Erin Baines (Liu Institute for Global Issues)

Courses

Historical Memory and Social Reconstruction SOWK570k/INDS502c

Communities, Social Development and Participatory Action Research: Frameworks and Strategies for Practice, SOWK 440c-529A

Qualitative Research Methods SOWK 554c;

Advance Qualitative Inquiry SOWK654

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Riaño-Alcalá, P. Emplaced witnessing: Commemorative Practices among the Wayuu in the Upper Guajira. Memory Studies, 2014, In Press

Riaño-Alcalá, P and L. Goldring. Unpacking Refugee Community Transnational Organizing: the Challenges and Diverse Experiences of Colombians in Canada. Refugee Survey Quarterly, 2014: 33 (2): 84-111.

Riaño-Alcala, P. and E. Baines. Introduction. Special Issue “Transitional Justice and the Everyday.” International Journal of Transitional Justice 6(3): 385-393, November 2012.Riaño-Alcalá, P.  and E. Baines.

Riaño-Alcalá, P.  and E. Baines. Cuando el archivo está en el testigo. Análisis Político (Instituto de Estudios Políticos y Relaciones Internacionales, Universidad Nacional), Revista N, 74, April.

The Archive in the Witness: Documentation in Settings of Chronic Insecurity. The International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2011, 5(3): 412-433.

Ibanez-Carrasco, Francisco and Pilar Riaño-Alcalá. Organizing Community Based Research Knowledge Between University and Communities: Lessons Learned. Community Development Journal. 2011, 46(1): 72-88. http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/content/46/1/72.abstract

Riaño-Alcalá, P. Journeys and Landscapes of Forced Migration: Memorializing Fear among Refugees and Internally Displaced Colombians’. Social Anthropology. 2008, 16(1): 1 – 18.

Lacy, S and P. Riano-Alcala. ‘Medellin, Colombia: Reinhabiting Memory’. ART JOURNAL. 65.4 (Winter 2006): 96 – 112.

Special Issue

“Transitional Justice and the Everyday.” International Journal of Transitional Justice 6(3), November 2012. Guess editors: Pilar Riaño-Alcalá and Erin Baines. http://ijtj.oxfordjournals.org/content/current

Books

Riaño-Alcalá, P (Rapporteur). The Massacre of Bahía Portete. Wayuu Women in the Crosshairs. A Report by the Historical Memory Group of the National Commission of Reparation and Reconciliation (Colombia). Bogotá: Taurus, 2010. 231 pages. In Spanish. http://www.centrodememoriahistorica.gov.co/# (informes)

R Bello, M (Rapporteur) and Riaño-Alcalá, P. (Co-rapporteur). Bojaya. War without limits. A Report by the Historical Memory Group of the National Commission of Reparation and Reconciliation (Colombia). Bogotá: Taurus, 2010. 231 pages. 341 pages. In Spanish

Riaño-Alcalá, P and M. Villa. Eds. Poniendo Tierra de por Medio. Migración forzada de colombianos en Colombia,Ecuador y Canadá [Forced Migration of Colombians in Colombia, Ecuador and Canada]. Medellin, Corporacion Region  and University of British Columbia, 2008. 480 pages.

Riaño-Alcalá, P. Dwellers of Memory: Youth and Violence in Medellin, Colombia (1985-2000). Series Memory and Narratives. 285 pages. New York: Transaction Publishers. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Riaño-Alcalá, P. Jóvenes, Memoria y Violencia en Medellín (1985-2000). 276 pages. Instituto Colombiano de Antropología and Editorial de la Universidad de Antioquia

Riaño-Alcalá, P. Arte, memoria y violencia. Reflexiones sobre la ciudad. (Art, Memory and Violence. Reflections on the city). 111 pages. Corporacion Region. Medellin. First Edition.

Several Authors

Bello, M; Suarez, A; Gonzalez, F. Riaño, P; Uprinmy, R, Sánchez, L. Basta Ya. Colombia: Memorias de Guerra y Dignidad [Enough already. War Memories and Dignity]. General Report of the Historical Memory Commission. Bogota: Centro Nacional de Memoria Historica. 2013

Sánchez, A.; Villa M. I; Riaño-Alcalá, P. (Rapporteurs), Jaramillo, Ana; Bello, Martha N. and Gozalez, S.Villa Marta (Co-rapporteurs). The Invisble Traces of the War. Forced Displacement in Comuna 13 of Medellin. A Report by the Historical Memory Group of the National Commission of Reparation and Reconciliation (Colombia). Bogotá: Taurus, 2011. 332 pages. In Spanish. http://www.centrodememoriahistorica.gov.co/# (informes)

Bello, M.N; Villa, M.  (Rapporteurs), Jaramillo, A. and Riaño, P. (Co-rapporteurs). San Carlos. Memories of the Exodus during the War. A Report by the Historical Memory Group of the National Commission of Reparation and Reconciliation (Colombia). Bogotá: Taurus, 2011. 448 pages. In Spanish.

Polo, E.; Quintero, V.; Riaño, P.; Wills, M. (Rapporteurs). Women Making History. Land, Body and Politics in the Colombian Caribbean. A Report by the Historical Memory Group of the National Commission of Reparation and Reconciliation (Colombia). Bogotá: Taurus, 2011. 168 pages. In Spanish.

Book Chapters

Riaño-Alcalá, P and M. Villa. Forced migration of Colombians: a relational perspective. In F. Lozano and L.  Rivera (Eds.), The Practice of Research on Migration and Mobilities. Springer, 2013

Riaño-Alcalá, P. Trayectos, escenarios del miedo y memorias de personas refugiadas y desplazadas internas, in Salcedo, M.T and A. Salcedo, Eds., Fricciones Sociales en Ciudades Contemporáneas. Bogotá: Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia, 2012

Riaño-Alcalá, P. and M. Villa. Una mirada relacional a la migración forzada. Reflexiones metodológicas y de proceso. In Rivera Sánchez, L. and F. Lozano Asencio (comp.), Encuentros disciplinarios y debates metodológicos: La práctica de la investigación sobre migraciones y movilidades.  Mexico: Siglo XXI-CRIM-UNAM, 2010: 93-124.

Riaño-Alcalá, P. ‘Les sentiers de la peur et de la mémoire: les réfugiés colombiens au Canada. Images de la violence en Amerique Latine’. Images de la violence en Amerique Latine. Ed. Pierre Beaucage and Martin  Herbert. Quebec: Les Presses de L’Universite Laval , 2008. 211 – 236.

Riaño-Alcala, P. ‘Seeing the Past, Visions of the Future: Memory Workshops with Internally Displaced Persons in Colombia’. Oral Histories and Public Memories. Ed. Paula Hamilton and Linda Shopes. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008. 269 – 292. http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/1773_reg_print.html

Riaño-Alcalá, P. and M. Villa. Las fronteras del no reconocimiento. Los colombianos en situación de refugio en Ecuador. En Riaño, P and M. Villa, eds. Poniendo Tierra de por Medio. Migración forzada de colombianos en Colombia, Ecuador y Canadá, 222-278. Corporacion Region and University of British Columbia, 2008. http://repository.forcedmigration.org/show_metadata.jsp?pid=fmo:4894

Riaño, P. Encounters with Memory and Mourning: Public Art as Collective Pedagogy of Reconciliation’. In Ibanez-Carrasco, Francisco and Erica Meiners, Eds. Public Acts: Disruptive Readings on Making Curriculum Public. Routledge. New York. First Edition, 2004, 237 – 261.