What is the CRAM?
Memory Activation Resource Center – (known in Spanish as CRAM – Centro de Recursos para la Activación de la Memoria), is an information unit with free access for public, specialized in the armed conflict and historical memory, human rights, resiliencies, reconciliation, peace, and related types of violence.
¿Why is it called CRAM?
Information and communication technologies, has been change progressively the use of data, and provision of services in the information units. That is why, the Memory Activation Resource Center – (CRAM in its Spanish acronym) has been conceived as a physical and virtual place, dynamic and flexible, where every collection´s bibliography resource converges, given access to information for all users, and seeking the appropriation, understanding, and preservation of the historical memory of the armed conflict victims. We hope that it will not be only a place, but a resource that reaches many places, and provoke questions, that reaches many sectors (victims of armed conflict, human rights defenders, social organizations, researchers, students, and the public). We are all working to make of it, not only a physical place to which only those who have questions on the subject arrive, but to achieve that many more fall in love of the utmost importance of recognizing our recent history, and contributing to it.
What does it offer?
The bibliographic resources available to the CRAM are: books, brochures, serial publications, library, electronic resources and the archive of Human Rights (made up of the eyewitness testimony bank, which total 381, of which 278 are authorized to use with restrictions and 103 are not allowed to use. The testimonies were taken in the years 2004-2007, and arise from the Victims of Armed Conflict Project, the Peace and Reconciliation program, the Ministry of Government of Medellín, the Municipal Administration. In addition, we have the press file, and file documents, which are in the process of organizing.
The CRAM contributes to the reconstruction, visibility and inclusion of the historical memory of the city in the last decades, encouraging the thinking, reflection and the investigative attitude of the users, against the different phenomena of violence which had occurred in the country.
Why is it called Maria Teresa Uribe de Hincapié?
The reason for giving the name to the CRAM of Maria Teresa Uribe de Hincapié, as a tribute to this lady from Pereira, sociologist, and Magister in Urban Planning, professor at the University of Antioquia, director of the journal “Political Studies”, and coordinator of the research group “Political Studies” of the University of Antioquia. She was the co-founder of the Institute of Regional Studies, and has been part of several commissions to think about the country’s armed conflict. Maria Teresa Uribe, sociology, history, anthropology, and philosophy studies have served to her research. She has not clung to a single method or to a single theory, allowing her to carry out a work that is always free, very deep, that emphasizes the search for truth.
It has been deserving of several distinctions among which are: La Antioqueña de Oro, and the Prize for Research of the University of Antioquia. Some of his publications are: “Nation, citizen and sovereign” (2001), and “Urabá: region or territory” (1992) .
Coauthor of the following books:
- The Words of War. A study on the Memories of the Civil Wars in Colombia (2006).
- One Hundred Years of Press in Colombia, 1840-1940 (2002).
- University of Antioquia. History and Presence. 1803 – 1999 (1999).
Cooperantes y Aliados:
Alcaldía de Medellín
Sistema de Bibliotecas Públicas de Medellín
Red de Bibliotecas Medellín Área Metropolitana
Cooperación Española. AECID
USAID. From the American People
Organización Internacional para las Migraciones – OIM
Instituto Popular de Capacitación