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Local Committee

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2019 CSA Conference Local Committee


Raquel SanmiguelRaquel Sanmiguel Ardila, Chair

Associate Professor of Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Caribbean Headquarters, where she is currently Director of its Institute of Caribbean Studies and of the MA on Caribbean Studies. She holds a PhD in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies, State University of New York at Albany (SUNY at Albany), 2012; a MA in Management of Education, University of Bath, England -joint degree with Alicante University, Spain; a Bachelor in Specialized Translation, Spanish-English-French. Université Paris VIII, Paris; and, a Bachelor in Education, Modern Languages (English-French), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.

Her academic interests lie on the relationship between education, language and culture, which she addresses from research and articulates to teaching.

Her publications relate to her doctoral thesis and her research projects. Amongst them, in their original language: “Resistencia Creole y formación ideológica en el Caribe occidental: historias comunes de los sistemas educativos nacionales”, in: Raúl Román y David Díaz Arias (comp.) Los países centroamericanos y Colombia. Historia, relaciones y desencuentros con el Gran Caribe (in print). Together with Luz Amparo Sanabria James and Monique Schoch, “Retos de la educación intercultural trilingüe en el contexto de una isla oceánica en el Caribe colombiano: caso San Andrés Isla” (in print).

E-mail: program.chair@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org


Edgar Villegas Iriarte

Edgar Villegas Iriarte, Coordinator of the Local Committee

Edgar Villegas Iriarte is a Social Communicator graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and with a PhD in Social Sciences from the Bolivarian Pontifical University of Medellin. A professor of the University of Magdalena Santa Marta (Colombia), he is currently the Dean of the Humanities Department. With experience in audiovisual production and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Zarita Abelló de BonillaZarita Abelló de Bonilla

Zarita Abelló de Bonilla (Santa Marta, Colombia) is the Director of the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and the Bolivarian Museum of Contemporary Art. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tolima, she has coursed studies in Preventive Conservation of the Cultural Heritage and Inventories of Movable Property in the Santa Clara Center For Restoration restoration in Bogota. She has received graduate degrees in Cultural Management at the University of Rosario, Museology and Tourism in the Museo de America in Madrid, Spain, and engraving workshop Tamayo in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Her artistic portafolio includes more than 100 group exhibitions in Colombia and abroad, some of which are part of the permanent collections of the National Museum of Watercolor, Mexico, the Museo Emilio Baccardi of Santiago de Cuba, and the Museum of Watercolor in Llançà, Catalunya, Spain.

Roberto Almanza HernándezRoberto Almanza Hernández

Roberto Almanza Hernández is a professor at the Faculty of Humanities at the Universidad del Magdalena. Anthropologist of the Universidad del Magdalena (2005). Master in Cultural Studies at the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana in Bogotá (2013) and Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the Autonomous University of Mexico. He was the organizer of the First International Conference on Afro-Caribbean Descolonial Thought held at the UNAM in March 2016 and the First International Meeting on Critical Thinking in the Insular Caribbean in September 2016 at the Research Center on Latin America and the Caribbean-CIALC. Currently part of the research programs: “Anti-colonial thinking in the insular Francophone Caribbean (1950-1982), UNAM-DGAPA-PAPIIT-2016 by Dr. Margarita Vargas and” International Relations Colombia-Venezuela “PAPIIT- IA300917 / PAPIME-P307818, by Dr. Antonio Hernández. His themes of work and interest are: Afro-Caribbean philosophy, Latin American and Caribbean thought, decolonial theory. He has published articles in journals and books in collaboration in Spain, Peru, Mexico and Colombia.

Beverly BainBeverly Bain

Professor Beverly Bain is a Black queer feminist, antiracism, anti-capitalist scholar. She teaches in Women and Gender Studies in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus.  She currently teaches and researches in the area of Caribbean and Black diasporic sexualities, Black and Caribbean queer feminist organizing, sexual assault and violence against women, gender, colonialism, transnationalism and anti-capitalism.  Bain is the author of “Fire, Passion and Politics: The Creation of Blockorama as Black Queer Diasporic Space in the Toronto Pride Festivities.” In We Still Demand: Defining Resistance in Sex ad Gender Struggles. Edited by Patrizia Gentile, Gary Kinsman and L Pauline Rankin. UBC Press, 2017. Uncovering Conceptual Practices: Bringing into Lived Consciousness Feminist Activities on the Toronto Police Services Board Audit Canadian Women Studies (2010).  Bain is currently working on a series of essays on Black radical feminist queer organizing in Toronto from the 80’s to the present.

Andrea Cardoso DíazAndrea Cardoso Díaz

Ecological economist. Professor at the University of Magdalena Santa Marta, Colombia at Business and Economics Faculty. I hold a European Joint Master’s degree in Water and Coastal Management from University of Plymouth, UK and the University of Cadiz. I received my M.Sc. and Ph.D. in environmental studies from Institute of Environmental Science and Technology from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. My research is focused on the political ecology of the extraction of coal in Colombia and the global coal chain.  Areas of Interest: Environmental/climate justice, ecological economics, political ecology, climate policy.

Maria Catalina MonroyMaria Catalina Monroy

Professor Monroy is an Internationalist at Universidad del Rosario with a PhD in Political Studies from the Universidad Externado of Colombia. She currently teaches and heads the International Relations department at the College of Politics and International Relations of Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogotá.

She is part of the research team involved in the Woman Stats project (Utah – United States) which focuses on gender and security. She also is a member of the Management Board of Redintercol for 2018-2020. Her areas of interest and research include: international security, Colombia’s foreign policy, foreign policy analysis, gender and security.

Nadia CelisNadia Celis Salgado

Nadia Celis Salgado (Cartagena, Colombia), PhD in Literature from Rutgers University, is an Associate Professor at Bowdoin College, where she teaches Latin American Literature, and directs the Program in Latin American Studies. Her research focuses on Caribbean literature and culture. She is the author of a variety of academic articles and the book La rebelión de las niñas: El Caribe y la “conciencia corporal” (2015), awarded the Nicolas Allén Prize by the Caribbean Philosophical Association. She has also won several grants for her current research and book-project on Gabriel García Márquez’s, including a fellowship by the Harry Ransom Center (UT Austin). Served twice in the CSA’s Executive Council, and as Chair of the CTET.

Héctor José Galeano DavidHéctor José Galeano David

Professor Galeano David is an Internationalist at the University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, a candidate for a doctorate in Social Sciences from the Universidad del Norte, in Barranquilla, and an associate researcher at the Institute of Latin American and Caribbean Studies of the same university. He currently holds teaching and research activities at the same institution, attached to the Department of Political Science and International Relations, where he has been a professor for more than ten years. Likewise, he acts as a professor at other universities in the Caribbean region. His research areas are Colombian foreign policy, Latin American politics and integration and international security. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of Redintercol, elected for the period 2018-2020.

Roberto González AranaRoberto González Arana

Ph.D in History of the Institute of Universal History, Russian Academy of Sciences. Full Professor, Department of History and Social Sciences, Universidad del Norte (1994 – present). In this university, he is Director of the Institute of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Coordinator of the Master’s Degree in History; Professor of the Doctorate in Social Sciences, Doctorate in Business Administration, Master in Social Development, Master in International Relations and Conflict Resolution. Research Associate, Colciencias and Researcher of the Memories of the Caribbean group. Member of LASA, Association of Colombianists, CLACSO, ADHILAC and Colombian Association of Historians. Distinguished Professor, Universidad del Norte (2011)

Complete publications at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Roberto_Arana/publications

Laura Gutiérrez EscobarLaura Gutiérrez Escobar

Historian at the National University of Colombia, Bogotá headquarters, magister in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and PhD in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From the ecology and political ontology, she has worked on conflicts over seeds and food sovereignty in Colombia due to the expansion of transgenic crops and foods; intellectual property rights over plant material within the framework of Free Trade Agreements; and the neoliberal diet.

She is currently a lecturer in the departments of anthropology and sociology at the Universidad del Rosario and postdoctoral researcher in the department of political science at the National University of Colombia, Bogotá. Her postdoctoral research focuses on proposals for alternative development to the extractive model, specifically food sovereignty initiatives in the face of climate change, in Raizales communities of the San Andrés and Providencia archipelago in Colombia.

Mina Kleiche-DrayMina Kleiche-Dray

Mina Kleiche-Dray, historian of science and technology, is a researcher at the Research Institute for Development (IRD) and attached to UMR 196 Ceped (Paris V Descartes-IRD). She is a member of the Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation et Société (IFRIS). Her interest is in collective dynamics and institutional arrangements in the construction of scientific knowledge in context: production of knowledge, scientific communities and science policies in the South, particularly in Mexico and Morocco. Her current project focuses on reconfiguring the relationship between globalization, technoscience and knowledge in a context of greening farmer agri-food practices in Mexico and emancipating “indigenous” and academic knowledge in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Some recent publications from 2016 to 2018:

Mina Kleiche-Dray (eds.) National Anchors of World Science. XVIII-XXI. Paris: EAC / IRD, 2017, 587 p.

Mina Kleiche-Dray (eds.) Indigenous Knowledge and Development. Otherpart, 2017, (81), 224 p. ISSN 1278-3986

Dumoulin Kervan D., Kleiche Dray Mina, Quet Mathieu. Do STS have a South? think sciences in / with the Souths. In: Monteil L. (coord.), Romerio A. (coord.). The “Studies” under study. Journal of Anthropology of Knowledge, 2017, 11 (3), p. 423-454. ISSN 1760-5393

Agustín Lao-Montes Agustín Lao-Montes

Professor at the Universities of Massachusetts, Yale, Notre Dame and New York. Member of the Coloniality / Modernity / Decoloniality collective. Postgraduate Coordinator in Studies of the African Diaspora (University of Massachusetts). Researcher at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Massachusetts. Visiting professor at several universities in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is an intellectual-activist with militancy on a plurality of fronts both in the political arena and in the intellectual field both in the United States, as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Fady Ortiz RocaFady Ortiz Roca

Fady Ortiz Roca (San Andrés Island, Colombia) is a Constitutionalist lawyer with an emphasis on human rights of ethnic groups; Masters in Caribbean studies of the National University of Colombia (Caribbean campus). University professor. Counselor to Legislation, public policy and ethnic-related norms. Former diplomat and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Socorro RamírezSocorro Ramírez

Socorro Ramírez, retired professor of the Institute of Political Studies and International Relations (IEPRI) of the National University of Colombia, postdoctoral, doctorate and master’s in Political Science and International Relations at the Sorbonne University; Master in Analysis of Contemporary Political, Economic and International Problems, and a Bachelor’s Degree in History.

Member of the National Conciliation Commission since 2010, of the Peace Commission during the government of the President of Colombia, Belisario Betancur, (1982-1985) and of the peace negotiating team with the ELN guerrilla of the government of Juan Manuel Santos, 2018. Ambassador in special mission in the 51st period of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization, 1996. Columnist of El Tiempo, razonpublica.com, Nueva Sociedad.

Author of books and articles on the Colombian armed conflict and peace negotiations, international relations and Colombian foreign policy, Latin American and Caribbean integration and cooperation processes, Colombia and its terrestrial and maritime neighbors, gender perspectives of public policies.

Claudia Mosquera Rosero-LabbéClaudia Mosquera Rosero-Labbé

Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work and researcher at the Center for Social Studies (CES) of the National University of Colombia, Bogotá. Social Worker at the University of Cartagena, magister in Latin American Studies of the University of Paris III. PhD in Social Work from the University of Laval (Canada). She has been a consultant for the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), UN Women and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Advises for UN Women before the National Commission of Reparation and Reconciliation (CNRR) in the elaboration of the Institutional Program of Collective Reparations (PIRC). She worked as a researcher at the Research Center on Social Dynamics- Cids- of the Externado de Colombia University together with Lucero Zamudio and Norma Rubiano. She was a coordinator and founding member of the Initiatives for Peace and Coexistence Program (PIUPC) between 1998 and 2001. She is currently the director of the Research Group on Racial Equality, Cultural Difference, Environmental Conflicts, and Racisms in the Black Americas- Idcarán. Her research has been funded by Colciencias, the Ford Foundation, the Andean area and the Southern Cone, the Research Division of the National University of Colombia, Bogotá, and the Canadian AUCC.

Adriana Santos MartínezAdriana Santos Martínez

Adriana Santos Martínez is Associate Professor and Director at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia – Caribbean  Campus in the island of San Andres. She has done research and several publications in the field of biology and ecology of resources and marine coastal ecosystems of the Colombian Caribbean. She proposed the socio-environmental model SIMASPE, system of sustainable management of fisheries for the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve.

Yusmidia Solano SuárezYusmidia Solano Suárez

I like to define myself as a Social Researcher. As for my education, I am a Doctor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Granada, Spain. Master in Agrarian Economics, Diploma in Regional Development Planning, Specialist in Theories, Methods and Techniques of Social Research and in Gender and Public Policies. Since 2003 I am a professor attached to the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the National University of Colombia Caribbean Headquarters (San Andres Island) and I have held positions as Coordinator of Research, Director Magazine Cuadernos del Caribe and Coordinator of the Observatory of Social Processes.

My areas of work in both academia and social activism are: Feminisms and women’s movements, intersectionality of gender, race and class; Processes and social movements, territorial and social ordering and solidarity economy and good living. I have gone deep into the analysis of the situation of women and gender relations in the Caribbean, from which several publications have been published in books and magazines. The most recognized books are: “Regionalization and Movement of Women: Processes in the Colombian Caribbean” (2006), “Essays on Women and Gender Relations in the Caribbean (2012) and” Social and cultural changes in the Colombian Caribbean: critical perspectives of the resistances (2016), edited by the Caribbean Office of the National University of Colombia.

 Carolina Velásquez CalderónCarolina Velásquez Calderón

Carolina Velásquez Calderón is currently a PhD candidate in the Disaster Science and Management program. She holds a master’s degree in Caribbean Studies from the National University of Colombia, where she could expand her knowledge about the diverse problems that are facing the Caribbean society today. Carolina has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Development where she focused on learning strategies to solve socio-environmental conflicts.

She has received diverse academic grants and awards including meritorious mention for master thesis research, grants from National University of Colombia and the University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center through its Quick Response Program for her rigorous work and investigative experience, and she is recipient of Colciencias’ scholarship to develop her doctoral studies in the United States.

Her research trajectory is based on contemporary issues about the Caribbean region, such as: tourism, climate change, water justice, environmental and risk management, and food security. Carolina has both presented at conferences and worked with think tanks on tourism, risk management, environmental urban planning, and climate change adaptation strategies. Finally, she has published books, chapters, and articles about these central themes for small Caribbean islands.

Joaquin Viloria de la Hoz

Manager of the Banco de la Republica’s Cultural Center in Santa Marta, and Professor of the University of Magdalena. Economist, Doctor in History, has written more than 12 books and nearly 50 articles and working papers. His main research interests have been the regional economy, as well as the economic and business history of the Colombian Caribbean. Among his books are Empresarios del Caribe colombiano: historia económica y empresarial del Magdalena Grande y el Bajo Magdalena, 1870-1930 (2014) and Acordeones, cumbiamba y vallenato en el Magdalena Grande: una historia cultural, económica y política (2018). The latest was the best-selling book in the Bogotá Fair Book (2018), within the category of University publishers.  He was one of the compilers of the book Historia de Santa Marta y el Magdalena Grande. Del período Nahuange al siglo XXI (2018).

Yolanda WoodYolanda Wood

Professor, researcher and art critic.

Doctor of Science in Art. Full Professor in History of Art at the University of Havana. She founded in 1985 the Chair of History of Art. Invited professor of the UNAM for the Postgraduate Course in Art History and the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, as well as Professor of the subject at the Universidad Iberoamericana, both undergraduate and postgraduate. Linked to these studies she directs theses in different levels and research groups.

Her scientific activity on visual and cultural studies of the Caribbean, is found in books and specialized articles and catalogs of international exhibitions. She has been a lecturer at institutions in America and Europe, and has systematically participated in events in her specialty. Member of the Scientific Council for Volume IX of the History of Africa of UNESCO and the Cuban Chapter of AICA. She received the Asdi-Senior Scholarship from CLACSO (2009), the National Prize for artistic and literary criticism (2013 and 2018), the Medal of the Knight of Arts and Letters of the French Republic (2017) and the Postdoctoral Scholarship by the Directorate of Postgraduate of the UNAM 2017-2018.