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NOVOA SANMIGUEL, Diana del Pilar  and  ESCAMILLA MARQUEZ, Diego Andrés. Puesta en marcha de un lugar de memoria en Bucaramanga: la experiencia del Archivo Oral de Memoria de las Víctimas. Hallazgos [online]. 2019, vol.16, n.31, pp.41-60. ISSN 1794-3841.

The article seeks to address some of the scope, problems and theoretical and methodological foundations of the process of construction and consolidation of the Oral Archive of the Victims’ Memoirs (Amovi) in the city of Bucaramanga, in Colombia. This institution was born as an academic initiative of research and dissemination of testimonies and other forms of victims’ memoirs. The Amovi aims to preserve the victims of armed conflict memoirs in the city and its surroundings, and contribute to the understanding of the conflict, while seeking to enter into the dispute over the meanings and interpretations of the recent Colombian past. The Amovi has conducted this research from the methodological approach of oral history, with the purpose of accessing the individual and collective spheres of the conflict, understanding them in relation to the social frameworks in which they occur. It also seeks that the interviews and other documents produced constitute valid documentary alternatives for social studies, while counterbalancing the existing hegemonic narratives. The creation of the Amovi has wanted to ensure the access and safeguard of written and oral documents, as well as protect the creators thereof, assuming the task of positioning the voices of the victims as part of memoir initiatives in the city of Bucaramanga and Colombia, while facing the difficulties of an armed conflict that does not cease altogether.

Keywords : historical memory; Colombian internal armed conflict; victims; oral history; oral archives.

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