Student Affiliate

Julián Fernando Trujillo Amaya has a Master and PhD in Philosophy, pragmaticist researcher, writer and critical thinker.

A decolonial semiotics of the cultural industry

Julián Trujillo is part of The Quebec Node, a group of people, including survivors of the Colombian armed conflict, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian women, university professors, doctoral and postgraduate students, activists, community leaders, artists, lawyers, journalists, writers, psychologists and scholars, under the direction and coordination of Professor Luis C. Sotelo, Director of the Acts of Listening Lab (ALLab). Julian has been working on the collection, organization and investigation of the testimonies of the victims in the city of Cali and Norte del Cauca. The Quebec Node has been entrusted by the Truth Commission of Colombia (CEV) with the task of collecting testimonies of people impacted by the Colombian armed conflict and who are in exile in Quebec. On the other hand, Julián is finishing his doctoral thesis entitled The Colombian Narco-culture on Netflix at the PhD in Humanities at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC). His doctoral research into the symbolic forms and ways of life created by drug trafficking seeks to expand understanding of the social problems arising from social injustice and to visualize its negative implications in the subjectivities and Colombian corporality. Julián’s research objective is to develop a critical interpretation of the Narco-culture offered by TV series and the Telenovelas on Netflix, which generate negative identities, falsify historical memory and glorify the infamous characters based on several actors of violence in Colombia. The Narco-culture narratives and plots have naturalized violence and contributed to its social acceptance around the globe. Julian intends to develop a critical analysis of the discourses and symbolic violence that allows building alternative education projects and design a social imaginary for the most disadvantaged communities in order to implement strategies for social change, conflict resolution and peaceful coexistence.