Dr. Wills will discuss unprecedented characteristics of Colombia’s historical memory-building process and its contentious dynamic: The historical memory work started amidst the armed conflict well before the signing of the Peace Accord between the Santos government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. As the historical memory building processes unraveled, the field became increasingly polarised between different actors, and the State security sector performed a surprisingly active role. Why has historical memory work become part of the role the Security Forces have to perform? Why have historical memory narratives become so contentious? What is at stake?