Gina María Chinchilla Salcedo

Research themes
  • Mobility and migration
  • Social and Cultural Change and Adaptation
  • Theories of Development
  • Gender
  • Human Rights
  • Governance and conflict
  • Migration, mobility and urbanization
Research countries
  • Colombia
Professional experience

- Professor. Corporación Minuto de Dios - Uniminuto, Bogotá - Colombia. 2014 /2016. Undergraduate teaching in the Faculty of Communication Sciences two subjects: Communication, development and culture, and Social Project Management. - Academic Coordinator. Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios sobre Desarrollo CIDER. Los Andes University, Bogotá - Colombia 2013 /2016. - International Cooperation Advisor. Embassy of Japan in Colombia. 2011 /2013. - Research and Cooperation Coordinador and Communications Coordinator. Soydoy Foundation, Bogotá - Colombia 2008 /2011. - Co-founder and Department of Public Relations. Fahrenheit 451 Foundation and Magazine, Bogotá - Colombia 2005 /2009.


Magister Degree in Interdisciplinary Development Studies (2013) - Los Andes University, Bogotá - Colombia Specialization in Regional Development Management (2010) - Los Andes University, Bogotá - Colombia Bachelor in Social Communication and Journalism (2003) - La Sabana University, Chía - Colombia

Funding institutions

German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD

Thesis title

Building resilient communities after the conflict in Colombia: memories, identity, and contested narratives

Thesis abstract

Colombia has suffered more than 50 years from an internal armed conflict with visible and invisible consequences. Since the signing of the peace with the FARC- EP guerrilla and the ongoing negotiations with ELN group, the country continues living a period of violence. Within the conflict, Colombian victims worked together using their cultural expressions to cope with the reality and to prevent oblivion.


Furthermore, the Government developed different strategies like laws or the creation of the National Center for Historical Memory with the purpose of building the historical memory of the country. Nevertheless, is unclear if the public memory incorporates the memories of the different actors involved in the conflict. Moreover, the communities who share resources, space, culture, and fate, are building their memory but is not clear if this process has some impacts in their resilience. So, this research has the hypothesis that the construction of memory after conflict helps them to develop their capacities to be resilient in current or future scenarios.


Therefore, this proposal has two goals. First, it will study the narratives of memories that exist in the country and their implications for the identity of the victims. Second, will focus on the influences that those narratives have in the social life of the victims and how those become an opportunity for them to develop different capacities to become resilient communities. For achieving those goals, this research will develop one case study, using in-depth interviews, participant observation, and discourse analysis.


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Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Conrad Schetter

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Girma Kelboro

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Gina María Chinchilla Salcedo

Junior Researcher

Cultural and Political Change


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