Historical Thinking and Transitional Justice: Perspectives from Colombia

Catalina Muñoz - School of Social Science (IAS - Princeton)
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Catalina Muñoz (Ph.D., UPenn-History) is associate professor of history at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Her publications include A Fervent Crusade for the National Soul: Cultural Politics in Colombia, 1930-1946 (2022). A public historian, her research and practice examine the relevance of historical thinking and longue durée analysis to transitional justice, a field traditionally dominated by lawyers. In the context of the 2016 peace accords in Colombia, Muñoz co-founded Historias para lo que viene, a public history project that has implemented programs to enrich the public debate about peace in Colombia from a historical perspective. Catalina Muñoz is currently studying historians’ interventions in transitional justice processes around the globe comparing forms of engagement and theoretical assumptions behind them.