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GUMELAB in the press

Article about GUMELAB in the German newspaper Tagesspiegel

The German newspaper Tagesspiegel reported on the GUMELAB project on February 19, 2023. Our project leader Mónika Contreras Saiz spoke with journalist Christine Xuân Müller about the outreach of telenovelas and series and why they are important for the transmission of history.

The Colombian newspaper El Espectador publishes article about the GUMELAB project

On October 17, 2022, the Colombian newspaper El Espectador published an article about the GUMELAB project. The project director, Dr. Mónika Contreras Saiz, spoke in an interview with editor Cindy A. Morales Castillo about the power of series and telenovelas in conveying the Colombian past to a large audience.

OnePager of the CAPAZ Institute, August 2022

Our cooperation partners of the German-Colombian Peace Institute - CAPAZ present research topics around Colombian peace research in an informative and illustrative way in the format OnePager. The goal is to contribute to educational and scientific diplomacy and to bring the state of research and issues closer to journalists, academics, students, and decision makers. The GUMELAB project kicked off this series and wrote the first article entitled: “Telenovelas and series: the new history teachers”. The article deals with the opportunities and challenges of using telenovelas and series to teach history, as well as with the reception of Colombian and Chilean telenovelas and series in national and international contexts. GUMELAB was able to share first experiences of the field research by organizing screenings with different actors, such as exiled Chileans in the U.S. and human rights lawyers in Colombia, but also students in Chile.

Interview with the organization Hola Cultura in Washington D.C., May 2022

Hannah Müssemann was invited by the organization Hola Cultura in Washington D.C. to present the GUMELAB project and give an interview for Hola Cultura's Arts & Humanities Storytelling Group. The nonprofit organization works to preserve and spread Latinx culture in the Washington D.C. area.

Vox Populi of the German-Colombian Peace Institute - CAPAZ, May 2022

We participated in this project of our partners, the German-Colombian Peace Institute - CAPAZ. Mónika Contreras Saiz, our project manager, and Julián Román, Colombian actor and activist, answered the questions of citizens about the relationship between telenovelas, memory and historical education that has emerged in Colombia thanks to the entertainment industry.