Transmission of history through entertainment media in Latin America. Memory Research Laboratory and Digital Methods

Project: Research Project

Project Details


During the last twenty years in Latin America, the production of telenovelas and series that deal with the recent past of the region has increased considerably. These cultural products influence viewers' perception of the past, as well as their historical awareness and political education. Telenovelas mobilize memories, thus having an immense impact on the representation of history and the present not only in Latin America, but also within Latin American exile and migrant communities in the United States or Europe. In this way, this type of soap operas and series form cultural memory beyond the borders of the region.
Based on telenovelas and series as entertainment media, the project investigates the construction, transfer and transnational reception of Latin American history and memory, as well as its effects on the political positions of its viewers. In close collaboration with researchers from historical, cultural, social and natural sciences, the project will initially focus on case studies in Colombia, Chile and Brazil. The expected results of the project will show how entertainment media, in which the recent past is interpreted and staged, can be used for political education.

Layman's description

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TV soaps
Historical memory
Political Education
Latin America

Commitments / Obligations

Por definir
Short titleGUMELAB
Effective start/end date5/6/215/6/24

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Main Funding Source

  • International


  • Bogotá D.C.


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