WRITINGS & RESEARCH
[Think Piece] Women and Migration Through the Lens of Performance Studies
This essay seeks to reflect on women’s migration and gender roles in migration contexts through Diane Taylor’s question: In what way our definitions, disciplines and methodologies can change if we take into account the bodies, and not only the books, as spaces that reproduce, keep and transfer knowledge? The essay contests our understanding and managing of migration arguing against the canon of the nation-state as the natural form of organization. It introduces feminized bodies as sources of knowledge and makes comparisons between migration and social protests as a means to imagine borders as political public platforms.
The paper was presented at a conference organized by the Mexican Women Scholar’s Federation in November 2018 in the Women’s Museum in Mexico City.
Since December 2019, writter at ONDA MX Magazine, exploring different formats to share perspectives and experiences about the creative scene in Mexico City.
[original texts are written in Spanish]
[Research Paper] The Age of Climate Migration | Chapter 2: The Implications of an International Recognition
Climate migration is an essential component of the renewed socio-environmental interactions of the 21st century. During the last three decades, the debate on climate migration has been structured around alarmist numbers of climate-related displaced people and skepticism regarding the existence of climate-induced displacement. Though there exist several working definitions adopted by international organizations there is no single definition that is officially recognized. Terminology carries a strong political connotation; while the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the international community may not accept using the word refugee in the context of climate-induced migration due to fear of endangering the status of currently recognized refugees, the distinction between climate and environment raises the question of responsibility. For our research, we chose the term climate migrant or climate-change migrant, which both recognizes human action in bringing about factors that necessitate displacement and acknowledges the agency or self- determination of societies that had been previously framed as vulnerable entities in need of charity.
[Research Paper] Juba as an Open Source City: Urban Planning as a Tool for Peace-Building
The research was completed while interning with r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation in Berlin. The paper studies what type of urban development occurs in a context of long-term civil conflict with a strong presence of transnational organizations, and during the following peace-building period. The research focuses on how the Protection of Civilian Sites and the walled architecture established by the UN and other international organizations in Juba-South Sudan are key in framing urban development (economic, population and service agglomeration) It concludes with a discussion of what Open Source Urbanism in post-conflict contexts offers to strengthen communities and peace-building initiatives.
R0g - As a collaborative and internationally networked organization, r0g_ supports sustainable and hybrid forms of cultural innovation and social enterprise in regions undergoing a rapid and fundamental transformation. Following a philosophy of ‘open knowledge for open societies’ r0g_ acts to put into practice the mechanisms of sustainable open source methodologies using appropriate and community-based technologies (i.e. FOSS, OER, Open Data and related Open ICT4D).
[Blog] Political Philosophy of Ecofeminism
This is a blog that discusses ecofeminism addressing different authors, it’s a collaboration with Camille Lavopierre for the class Political Philosophy of Nature with Bruno Latour at Sciences Po Paris.
[Think Piece] Innovation why go beyond the Buzz? Ouisahre Magazine
The article was written for the Magazine Ouishare and discusses how we have assimilated innovation - a term that has been widely used in the last years, particularly in the investment development projects of start-up economies, data, and technology - as a positive value to strive for.
Discussing what lies behind the innovation buzz is not an effort to create friends or foes and frame innovation and maintenance as enemies. Nor is it to promote a hero-worship attitude for maintenance over innovation. The purpose is to highlight that innovation is unquestionably embraced by society as a positive value in itself. When something is deemed innovative, we think it’s a sign of progress, something that must surely be contributing to society, while in truth the word innovation is widely used as a slogan. Regardless of criticisms, the term has stuck around because, unlike the monotonous, mundane and routine work of repairing and maintaining, innovation is associated with excitement and uniqueness. Still, understanding why we praise innovation over maintenance is not only a story of successful branding, but also reflects the long-term inequalities which are fueled by the depreciation and alienation of particular social roles.
Gone are the times of given answers and clear established paths. Today, only doubt and inconsistency prevail where once stood truth and trust. We see our convictions vanish into thin air as we become disoriented. We don't know where we belong or what place belongs to us. We had everything figured out, but we changed our minds. We lost ours limits and therefore, our references. We became volatile, unstable and unbearably complex. Nothing seems simple anymore. The truth has died, giving way to countless truths as numbered and complex as the reality before us.
We are saturated, confused, and constantly lost. And yet, we feel good about that.
LIMITE magazine publishes discussions about contemporary issues, especially disturbing ones. Submersed in the complexity of these matters, we search for all sorts of creations, ideas and arguments, in all possible disciplines and formats conceivable on paper. This magazine will be published and sold in Poitiers, France.