Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Miriam (Goiânia, 1982) is a PhD student working on the construction of the internal enemy in twentieth century Brazil and its influence on the political and physical violence exercised during the military dictatorship from 1964 up to 1985. She is also interested in the discursive, material and architectural vestiges of this phenomenon in modern approaches to insecurity and social inequality in the country, including the ghettoisation and militarisation of the urban space.
Centre for Research on Cuba
Alberto (Valencia, 1981) is a PhD student doing his research on reconcentration, a counter-insurgency strategy implemented by the Spanish colonial authorities during the Cuban War for Independence (1895-1898). He looks at the archaeological remains and physical impact on the landscape of a process of indiscriminate confinement of non-combatant population that is usually identified as the ultimate origin of the modern concept of concentration camp.
Centre for Critical Theory
Siavash (Bangalore, 1983) is a PhD student writing a project on the delegation of morality and intentionality to everyday life technological devices – including case studies such as sliding doors, soap, phone cases and barbed wire. Using an interdisciplinary method based mostly on Actor-Network Theory and post-phenomenology, he is always keen to find new approaches through other related disciplines such as anthropology, literature and history.