School and television are two learning media for history, that influence the development of historical consciousness in people. School is something that reaches to every future citizen. Television (including new broadcasting technologies) intercepts diverse audiences through entertainment, to the extent that it’s become a privileged media source through which most people learn about history. The history school textbook, is still the most important tool to teach about the past, and certain television programs can be a vehicle that offers images and sounds about the past, both have in common that they transmit narratives about our historical past.
Colombian society faces a current challenge, how to design policies that can create a sustainable and lasting peace. The success of these efforts depends, among several other things, on the narratives of the past that will be negotiated and accepted, sustained towards the future. School and television have a strategic role to play in this scenario.
Our research project inquires if and how the recent and multiple memorial work in Colombia has reached narratives in schoolbooks and television shows, and how this might impact people’s historical consciousness. We consider that new policies about the past and the process of constructing a historical memory, is not just adding a time period to an otherwise intact national narrative. It is also a reinterpretation of Colombian’s sense of self. This conceptual shift, in the long run, will affect individuals as well as the way we collectively give meaning to the past and use it to orient the path to the future. In other words, it will affect Colombian’s historical consciousness.