Reppy Fellow 2023-24
André Nascimento is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Romance Studies. His work examines how literature becomes an operative peacebuilding/peacekeeping instrument in times of armed conflicts, guerrilla warfare, or insurrections in Latin American contexts. Post 2007, the growing presence of organized crime has been accompanied by a sharp increase in rates of kidnappings, executions, and territorial encroachment. Existing research maintains a divide between the Zapatista Army for National Liberation’s cultural and military texts, overlooking Zapatista publications' interdependent and pluralist nature. In contrast, my findings indicate how cultural texts are otherwise operational in reconciliation protocols.