My name is Pamela Colombo and the object of this blog is to publish the ongoing results of my post-doctoral project Marie Sk-Curie: “Violent settlements: strategic villages and clandestine burial sites in Latin America”.

Currently, I am Marie Sk-Curie post-doctoral research at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (IRIS-EHESS). I hold a PhD in Sociology from the University of País Vasco (UPV), a BA in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and a MA in Philosophy of History from the University Autónoma de Madrid (UAM).

My research focuses on the relation between space and political violence. I’ve analyzed the spaces of disappearance in Argentina during the military dictatorship (for my dissertation) and actually I am doing research about the construction of strategic villages in Latin America during 1970 and 1980.

I was Doctoral Researcher at Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, 2009-2013) and Visiting Researcher at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics (CUNY, New York), the Centre for Research Architecture (Goldsmiths College, London), the Freie Universität Berlin (FU, Berlin), the Ibero-Amerikanische Institut Berlin (IAI, Berlin), and the University of Konstanz (Germany).

Since 2014, I work at the EHESS (Paris) as a post-doctoral researcher. During 2014 and 2015 I have done a research project about the imaginary geographies of death, funded by the Fyssen Foundation and under the supervision of Elisabeth Anstett. At the same time, I have also started to work wit Elisabeth Anstett and the rest of the team of the ERC group Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide.

I have co-organized international conferences, like “Spatialities of Exception, Violence, and Memory” (Madrid, 2012) “Thinking Memory Through Space: Materiality, Representation and Imagination” (London, 2013), and “L’urbanisation comme instrument de guerre. La construction des villages stratégiques au sein des politiques de contre-insurrection” (Paris, 2016).

Among my publications on the subject of space and violence, I was one of the editors of the book Space and the Memories of Violence. Landscapes of Erasure, Disappearance and Exception (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). I am also the editor of the special issue “Exhumation in Latin America” (Human Remains and Violence: an interdisciplinary journal, 2/2016 forthcoming), and the co-editor of « Ethnographies de la violence politique » (Cultures et Conflits, 3/2016 forthcoming).

Space, Violence and Counterinsurgency

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