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Lecture | Contemporary History and International Relations Research Seminar (CHIRRS)

Encountering Difference: beyond the fragmentation of lives in academia

Wednesday 8 May 2019
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Lipsius 208


Is there a pretence to a homogeneity of experience in academia covered by words such as affiliation or community? Certainly, there are real differences between us ‘academics’, but their existence is not necessarily separating us as much as our intention to simplify them, lump them together or refuse to name them. My talk will aim at navigating that curdled space of difference, revisiting how privilege and oppression can coexist and intersect in academia, inviting the audience to hold an open discussion on vulnerability and positive dissent within our institutional context.

About the Speaker

Dr María Gabriela Palacio is a University Lecturer at Leiden University. Her courses deal with two consistent streams of literature: political economy and Latin American studies. She holds a PhD in Development Studies by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Situated within development studies and informed by political economy, social anthropology and critical social policy, her research focuses on social protection systems in Latin America, approaching social citizenship in the intersection of gender, age, race and ethnicity.

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