Rubens Lima Moraes is a Ph.D candidate in Political Science at Concordia University. He holds an M.A. in Public Policy and Public Administration at Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC – Florianópolis, Brazil). His doctoral dissertation is about the process through which knowledge is produced within participatory institutions governing natural resources in Latin America. His focus is on water governance and management in two Brazilian cities. Rubens has also done research on anti-corruption social movements and their impact in reforming laws to prevent electoral corruption. He has published his work on journals, such as VOLUNTAS – the International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Anna Calderón is a Masters of Public Policy and Public Administration student at Concordia University. Anna also holds a B.A. in Criminology from the Simon Fraser University and a B.A. in Political Science form Concordia University. Her work is focused on informal work in Lima, Peru and her working thesis is titled, “Everyday resistance of domestic workers in Lima”. Anna is also the coordinator of the Lab for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LLACS) at Concordia, and executive director of Say Ça! Circle of Support for Refugee and Newcomer Students.
Naomie Léonard has a bachelor from the University of Quebec in Montréal in political communication that she finished in Brussels. She also has a certificate in gender studies and she is now doing a master degree in political science with a concentration in gender studies with the Institute of research and feminist studies (IREF). She also represents her peers on the Counsel of IREF and she is member of the executive committee of her student association (AECSSP).
Research interests: Feminisms, decolonial epistemologies, feminists ethics, indigenous resistances, territoriality, extractivism, self-determination, citizenship, political subjectivation, social movements, international development.
Ambroise Guillaume has an initial training in anthropology and sociology from the State University of Haiti. He holds a degree in sociology and political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He is interested in political and historical sociology. As part of his master thesis, he is working on the process of democratization in Haiti initiated since 1986.
Priscyll Anctil Avoine is a PhD student at Université du Québec à Montréal in Political Science and Feminist Studies for which she was awarded the Vanier Banting Scholarship. She received her Master’s Degree in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies from Universitat Jaume I in Spain, for which she was awarded the FRQSC scholarship for her research on female suicide bombers from a gender perspective. She has previously worked as a research assistant at Laval University (Canada) and Bradford University (United Kingdom). She also worked as a professor and researcher at Universidad Santo Tomás and Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia). She has done field work in different conflict zones in Colombia, above all regarding the effects of weapon contamination on civil victims. Her research interests involve demobilized women, peacebuilding and decolonial theory. She is actively involved in the local NGO Corporación Descontamina, working on nonviolent action, gender approach and peacebuilding. Currently, she is conducting research on women in the process of reintegration into civil society in the context of the Colombian armed conflict.
Marc-André Anzueto holds a PhD in political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He was previously a doctoral fellow at the Montreal Center for International Studies (CERIUM) at the University of Montreal, a visiting fellow at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Guatemala) and a multi-year recipient of a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships. His work focuses on the securitization of human rights in Canadian foreign policy towards Latin America. His research about the challenges of Canadian foreign policy in Latin America in the 21st century and human rights issues in post-conflict Guatemala have been published in Latin American Perspectives, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Études internationales and la Revue québécoise de droit international.
Leonardo Barros Soares holds a bachelor degree in Psychology (Universidade Federal do Ceará, 2008), a master on Political Science (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 2013) and is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the same institution in Brazil. He is an active member of the Projeto Democracia Participativa (Participatory Democracy Project – PRODEP/UFMG). His interests focus on studies of the local power, Indigenous policies, comparative studies, Latin American studies, and Native land claims. He is currently working on a cross-national comparison of the role Indigenous participation in land claims recognition policies in Brazil and Canada. He was awarded with several scholarships from the Deutscher Akademisher Austauschdienst (DAAD/Germany) and was granted in 2015 with an award from the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP/Canada), spending his time at the Centre de recherche sur les politiques et le développement social (CPDS) at the Université de Montréal.
Carlos Bracamonte Ruiz is working on a project titled Memory of the Internal Armed Conflict in Peru: the Case of the Academics of the Movement for Amnisty and Human Rights (MOVADEF). He has a masters in Hispanic Studies, and is also a journalist, having worked at the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS). He is a member of the journalistic hub Convoca.pe.
Andréanne Brunet Bélanger is a Master’s student in political science at Université du Québec à Montréal. She is interested in processes of judicial transfers in the context of labor rights’ legislation related to maquiladoras workers in Mexico. Broadly, Andréanne is interested in overlapping the judicial and political spheres, as well as in a critical feminist approach to law. Before starting her Master’s degree, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in International relations and International Law at UQÀM.
Romain Busnel is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Montreal and the University of Lille 2 (France). He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Lille 2. Specialized in politics of illicit economic activities, his current doctoral research focuses on resistances connected to coca cultivation in the rural regions of Chapare (Bolivia), Convención and VRAEM (Peru).
LinaMar Campos Flores holds a master’s degree in Intercultural Mediation (Université de Sherbrooke) and is Ph.D. candidate in Human Geography at Université de Montréal. She was awarded the FRQSC scholarship for her research project on the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program which hires Latin-American men and women to work in the Canadian fields and green-houses. One of her interests is the emotional component in the study of social phenomena through the lenses of Emotional Geographies. She also explores the overlap of intersectionality and post-colonial perspectives.
Laura Carli is a Master’s Candidate in Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. As part of her Master’s thesis, she is researching the process of integration and youth’s identity construction of South American immigrants in Argentina. She is also interested in the exploitation practices of migrant workers in sewing workshops in Argentina.
Laura holds a BA in Social Communication (Juan Agustín Maza University, Argentina) and a certificate in International Cooperation (Université de Montréal).
Rose is a Doctoral Candidate at McGill University in Political Science and owns a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Université de Montréal. She is broadly interested in issues of citizenship and state-society relations in peripheral areas of Latin America. Her current research focuses on the effects of transnational and cross-border networks on political participation in Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile.
Louis-Charles Cloutier Blain is finishing his master on contemporary mexicain history at the Université du Québec à Montréal under the supervision of Geneviève Dorais. Focusing on the writing of a transnational history from below, he is currently working on housing problems in Mexico D.F. during the 1970’s and the 1980’s. He is also driven by a profound interest for history’s theory and epistemology. Issues around agentivity, cultural transfers and the relation between scales of analysis and the writing of history are examples of his principal theoretical preoccupations. Inspirited by Marcus Rediker, Louis-Charles Cloutier Blain dedicates his work to the task of showing that there has been instances in the past when ordinary people not only resisted the social order of their time but actually proposed concrete solutions to it.
Danielle Coenga is graduated in psychology. She holds a Master’s degree in social psychology (University of Brasilia, Brazil) and another Master’s degree in international studies (University of Montréal, Canada). She works with a feminist perspective to look at human rights and gender and sexuality issues. Her master’s research focused on homophobia in discourses against same-sex civil union and on integration of sexual orientation and gender identity in international cooperation programs. As a consultant to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and to non-governmental organizations, she was considered as a specialist of LGBTQI issues (in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex people) and of research projects development and data analysis. As part of her doctoral thesis, she will focus on the conception of gender equality in the United Nations programs and projects.
Ximena Cuadra Montoya is a Ph.D Candidate at UQÀM in Political Science. Her research focuses on the indigenous issue in the context of conflict for the installation of extractive industries. She is particularly interested in the questions and answers of the Mapuche movement to the energy extractivism in Chile. She holds a master degree in political science from Université du Québec à Montréal (2014). Her master thesis is entitled: “Radical pluralism and decolonization in indigenous mobilization facing extractive industry: analysis of two cases in Chile and Québec”. She also holds a master degree in sociology from University of Barcelona (2011) and a bachelor degree in sociology too from University Concepción in Chile (2003).
Thiago de Oliveira Gonçalves is a Ph.D candidate in Political Science at the University of Montreal. The management issues that have resulted in the increase of the brazillian prison population since the 1990s are the subject of his research. His studies want to propose questions that have arisen in his research of masters degree in Political Sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul on the determinants of the drug policies in Brazil. Observing human rights in prisons is a variable to consider when comparing the effectiveness of Brazil’s prison systems with other cases, such as Canada and Latin American countries. He is also an undergraduate in International Relations in Curitiba Universitary Centre.
Annabelle Dias Felix is a Ph.D candidate in Political Science at Université de Montréal. She holds a master degree in Latin American Studies specialized in Political Science at IHEAL (Institut des Hautes Études sur l’Amérique latine) in Paris. She has specialized in public safety issues in Brazil since her first year of master’s degree. Then she has deepened her research on the subject during her last year. As part of this work, she has done a three-month fieldwork in a pacifying police unit in Rio de Janeiro and wrote a thesis entitled : “Security Politics and Pacifying Police Units in Rio de Janeiro : Practices and Representations in Military Police in Mangueira”. She also explores this question for her Ph.D but by proposing a comparison between the Brazilian case with the case of Mexico city through the prism of the Rule of Law in these two countries.
Jean-Claude is an assistant coordinator in the research group of the Observatoire québécois de la démocratie (OQD) at the University of Quebec in Montreal. He has been working for a long time with several researchers, and has acquired skills in research, analysis and data processing.
I am a Master’s Candidate in Political Science at Université de Montréal. I obtained my Bachelor’s Honours Degree at the same university in Political Science. As part of my Master’s thesis I am working on women’s participation in guerilla movements in Latin America and the impact of this participation on gender construction. More precisely, I seek to illustrate how women’s participation in guerilla movements redefines gender norms. Moreover, I am interested in examining power dynamics, sexual hierarchies and intersectionnal issues.
Sophie Mailly is a MA student at Université de Montréal in history. She is interested in the connection between memory and territory in Guatemala. Her master’s thesis, entitled Une guerre à n’en plus finir: mémoire et droits humains dans la lutte pour la défense du territoire dans le Guatemala post-conflit, focuses more specifically on the way in which historical memory is mobilized in the struggle for the defence of territory, while understanding the territory as a historical space of power and violence. She will address the historical narratives regarding the internal armed conflict and the even more distant past in communities affected by the arrival of extractive projects in Guatemala. As a recipient of the SSHRC scholarship, she wishes to put forward the perspective of Mayan communities which have been affected by the violence of the internal armed conflict as well as by the post-conflict violence related to the territorial issues.
Cássia Reis Donato is a Brazilian Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University. Cássia has a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Her Master’s thesis analyzes the processes of political participation of young Afro-Brazilian women against gender and racial inequalities in Brazil. She has actively participated in social movements in Brazil and has experience in public policy management. She also taught courses for public policy professionals and worked as a consultant for institutions such as UNDP. Her main issues of interest are collective actions and struggles for social justice, gender and racial relations, violence, and public policies.
Adriana Pozos Barcelata is a Ph.D Candidate at UQÀM in Political Science under the supervision of Nancy Thede and Anahi Morales Hudon. She is interested in the process of politicization of the enforced disappearances in Mexico. She studied sociology at University of Lille 1. Her first master’s degree focused on health practices and policies while the second one was dedicated to the sociology of social economy and associations. She did her bachelor degree at University of Veracruz.
Hugo Rueda Ramírez (Santiago-Chile, 1985) holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the Universidad de Chile. He has also studied specialization courses at El Colegio de México COLMEX, the Universitat de Barcelona, and the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut in Berlin. His research lines are part of various cultural history postulates, promoting an interdisciplinary dialogue focused on the studies of material, visual, and heritage culture. He currently works as a historian at the National History Museum of Chile and as a student of the History PhD program of Concordia University, Montreal.
Yussef Suleiman Kahwage is a master’s student at the Department of Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). His research interests focus on distributive justice and family allowance policies in migratory context. Under the supervision of Professor Victor Armony, he is coordinating the first major survey on population of Latin American origin in Quebec.
He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Latin American Committee for Human Rights (CDHAL), an organization working to defend and promote human rights in collaboration with American social movements and communities.
Anne-Marie Veillette owns a Bachelor’s degree in international relations and international law from the Université du Québec à Montréal and is currently a Master’s candidate in political science with a concentration in feminist studies. She is interested in research pertaining to feminist studies, police violence and urban studies, and more specifically, urban marginalization. Her Master’s thesis focuses on the deployment and impacts of police violence in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, and more precisely, women’s perceptions as members of the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs). Moreover, she is currently working at the Paulo-Freire Centre (Centre d’aide et de ressource pour les étudiants-es en science politique de l’UQAM) and participates in a study on intersectional necessities within the Quebec coalition of sexual assault centers.