Current Research Students

 

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Alexander Curry

Research Topic:  Autodefensas in Latin America - ‘self-defence’ groups and the contestation of state-society relations and citizenship in Mexico
Lead supervisor:  Ainhoa Montoya
Contact: alexander.curry@postgrad.sas.ac.uk

Research Description

Alex is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. His research focuses on ideas and practices of citizenship in Mexico, specifically on what the emergence and development of autodefensas (self-defence groups) reveal about concepts of citizenship, state-society relations, legal cultures, and sovereignty. His doctoral project has involved long-term fieldwork in Michoacán, Mexico, and Colombia. He recently co-authored an article entitled ‘Violent governance, identity and the production of legitimacy: autodefensas in Latin America’ which has been published in the Journal of International Relations and Development. Alex’s doctoral research has been funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). He is the PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies) Vice-President for the 2018-19 academic year and sits on its organising committee.

 

 

 

 

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Virginia Ghelarducci

Research Topic:  The Genesis of Natural History and Ethnology in Colonial Peru
Lead supervisor:  Mark Thurner
Contact: virginia.ghelarducci@postgrad.sas.ac.uk

Research Description

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Jose Guevara

Research Topic:  Written culture in Spanish American colonies and history of the book.
Lead supervisor:  Linda Newson
Contact: jose.guevara@sas.ac.uk

Research Description

My research focuses on the material dimension of the products of the written culture in Lima and Santafé de Bogotá during 1650-1750. The aim is to identify the practices and uses of the script by the different social groups participating on the production, circulation and consumption of the textual objects. This examination is carried out considering the written word as part of literate devices that involved the employment of the speech and the image as well. 

 

 

 

 

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Marília Moreira

Research Topic:  ‘Antoine Rene Larcher’s ‘Project of expedition to Salvador (Brazil) 1797’ and the global competition for the South Atlantic’ 
Lead supervisor:  Linda Newson
Contact: tbc

Research Description

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Carlos Piccone Camere

Research Topic:  tbc
Lead supervisor:  Linda Newson
Contact: tbc

Research Description

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Tatiana Suarez

Research Topic:  Reintegration of Former Combatants after the Peace Agreement in Colombia
Lead supervisor:  Ainhoa Montoya
Contact: tatiana.suarez@postgrad.sas.ac.uk

Research Description

In 2016, the Colombian government and the guerrilla group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace deal, which ended a five-decade armed conflict. The FARC concentrated its troops in designated localities across the country where they disarmed, demobilised and began the critical yet arduous process of reintegrating into Colombian society. However, the FARC have their own vision of reintegration, which allows them to maintain some of their organisational structures, social ties and political ideas. This model challenges established assumptions about ex-combatants transition to civilian life on which traditional reintegration programmes are based.

This study will conduct life history interviews with ex-FARC combatants at one of the reintegration localities where the ex-guerrillas have settled, built their homes, received training and established various productive projects.  The focus of this research is twofold: firstly it will focus on (re)socialisation, demilitarisation and transformation of identities formed under the conditions of conflict and secondly, it aims to explore the role that wartime acquired skills, agency and social relations may play in their transition to civilian life. Moving away from traditional studies, where reintegration is viewed as the ‘successful’ implementation of top-down programmes, this research seeks to problematise reintegration from the standpoint of the ex-combatants, and to offer a nuanced approach to its study, which focuses on processes, transitions and dynamics rather than on ends.  This study will contribute to current debates on peacebuilding by re-conceptualising ‘reintegration’, not as an external intervention, but as long-term process that is context sensitive and where the voices of the ex-combatants are placed at the core of the analysis.