7-8-9 JUNE 2021

A three-day online summit of interdisciplinary
panels, speakers, and workshops
on the complex relations between Latin America and the globe.


Professor Jean Grugel

Title: The natural resources economy in South America and the multidimensional costs of commodity development.

Professor Jean Grugel is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC) at the University of York. Her research interests include global political economy, regional/global governance, human rights, global childhoods, children’s work, and care.

She is currently working on project on global health (Thanzi la Onse – Health for All,   Redressing the Gendered Health Inequalities of Displaced Women and Girls in Contexts of Protracted Crisis in Central and South America and Gender and Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries After COVID-19: the Promotion of Women’s Health and Emerging International Policy Advice.

Jean also led the GCRF project The Future of the Natural Resource Economy in South America: Extraction Sustainability and Citizenship, on which this paper is based. That project draws on long-standing work on political economy and the new left in Latin America, including on post-neoliberalism.

The Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre is a research and learning institution led by the Departments of Politics, Environment and Geography and History of the University of York. Its aim is to develop interdisciplinary approaches, involving local communities, researchers, students and global partners in order to tackle development issues worldwide.

Dr Phil Roberts

Title: 'The territorialization of Brazilian social movements during and after the Pink Tide: from the Movimento Sem Terra to the Teia dos Povos'

Phil Roberts is a Lecturer in Development Politics and a member of the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC) at the University of York. He received his doctorate from the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Phil's research focuses on alternatives to neoliberalism in the 'Rising Powers' countries of Brazil, India, China, and Russia, and the intersection between political economy, state transformation, and social movements. He uses qualitative methods including interviews and ethnography, and is part of the movement to 'decolonize' the curriculum by including non-Western knowledges. Dr Roberts is an editor of the journal Alternautas, which publishes academic debates from Latin America that are not usually available in English. His monograph on the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil under neo-developmentalism will be published by Manchester University Press in 2022

Dr Alethia Fernández de la Reguera Ahedo

Title: Female Migrant Journeys: Criminalization Immigration Policies and Human Rights Violations at the Southern Border of Mexico

Associate Researcher at the Institute of Legal Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where she also coordinates the National Laboratory on Diversities. Mostly, her research focuses on “Rights, Migration and Mobility”, the study of gender immigration policies, institutional violence and immigration detention processes.

She coordinates the Erasmus M.A. Program “Euroculture” at UNAM and for the last five years has been a guest scholar at the Erasmus M.A. Program “Transnational Migrations” at the University of Lille, France. She obtained her Ph.D. with honors in Humanistic Studies from Tecnológico de Monterrey, with a dissertation titled “Autonomy processes for decision-making of Mexican female migrant workers returning from the U.S.” She holds an M.A. in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a B.A. in International Relations from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Currently, she is an elected member of the Conacyt-National System of Researchers. She collaborates with the Universitary Seminar on Internal Displacement, Migration, Exile and Repatriation at UNAM. Also, she is part of the UNESCO-Tec Chair on Ethics and Peace Studies and a board member of the Institute for Women in Migration based in Mexico City.

Her lines of research include Gender and migration, Immigration detention processes, Gender violence, and Autonomy of women. Her themes of interest are Institutions and gender order, Subjectivities and public policies, and Quantitative methodologies for the study of migration.

What is Ventana III?

Ventana III welcomes scholars, researchers and postgraduate students who have an academic or cultural interest in Latin America and its relation with the rest of the world. One of our main objectives is to be a space of encounter for scholars from different parts of the world. One of the highlights of our previous conference was counting with the participation of people from both Europe and Latin America, facilitating a more dynamic debate and networking, and gathering different perspectives on the subject of post-colonialism in the subcontinent. We wish to keep this spirit as one of Ventana’s signatures and facilitate an intercontinental dialogue between perspectives and experiences on the Latin American subcontinent. The conference also welcomes the attendance of anyone within or outside academia who has an interest in Latin America.

Images from the 2nd version of Ventana, in November 2019, University of York.


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