Update: The 2011 ESJP conference took place from July 6 to 9 in Bogota, Colombia.
ESJP collaborated in this venture with Universidad de los Andes, which houses one of the premier engineering schools in Latin America; Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios Colombia, an institution with a long-standing commitment to social justice; and ISF-Colombia, a leader in initiating projects that provide just solutions to problems faced by poor communities in Colombia since 2005.
The main guiding questions for our conference in Colombia were:
1. How are social justice and peace discourses articulated in the practice of community development projects?
2. How can academics effectively support the activities of students, community members and marginalized groups in the development of projects that aim at realizing the ideals of social justice and peace?
3. How can different actors involved in projects know if they are achieving social justice and peace objectives?
Conference sessions and activities were held at the main campus of the Universidad de los Andes and in Ciudad Bolivar, one of the poorest neighborhoods of Bogotá and a location where ISF-Colombia has carried out many projects. The contrast between these two venues will serve as a reminder of our privileged positions, as well as de-stabilize our assumptions and generate new questions and answers.
For conference inquires contact any of the members of the organizing committee: Catalina Ramirez (mariaram [at] uniandes.edu.co), Juan Lucena (jlucena [at] mines.edu), Andrés Valderrama (afvp [at] man.dtu.dk), or Camilo Torres (ctorres [at] uniminuto.edu). For more general inquires about the ESJP network contact Jens Kabo, the ESJP secretary at secretary [at] esjp.org.