Ricardo A. Velasco T. (MA Cultural Studies, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá; MA Social Documentation, University of California Santa Cruz) is a PhD Candidate in the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded the 2018 Berta Cáceres Fellowship by the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and is currently Andrew Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative Fellow.
His work combines critical inquiry with creative documentary practice focusing on the intersection between historical memory, human rights, cultural praxis and transitional justice. His Dissertation “Cultural Ecologies of Symbolic Reparation in Transitional Colombia” explores the potential of cultural practices of memory for mending the social fabric, promoting justice, revitalizing community ties and building lasting reconciliation among vulnerable and marginal populations. The dissertation documents and analyzes state and civil society initiatives aimed at restoring the dignity of victims, mobilizing claims for justice through symbolic strategies, or promoting concrete agendas to help displaced families face their material needs. The project involves the development of this online media platform that serves as repository of documentation and interviews, making the research process accessible and making visible the different actors, strategies and processes involved.
Ricardo is author of the documentary After the Crossfire: Memories of Violence and Displacement (2014) (www.afterthecrossfire.com), a testimonial account of the emergence and escalation of the armed conflict in the north Pacific Coast of Colombia. The film has been screened in several international human rights film festivals as well as in academic conferences at Princeton University, The University of California at Berkeley, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,The University of Copenhagen, amongst others.