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Martín Zícari is a PhD researcher in Cultural Studies. Martín completed his BA in History at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) in 2015, with a thesis entitled “Memoria y polémica: la palabra poética en la Nueva Crónica y Buen Gobierno de Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala” on memory studies and postcolonial theory in the analysis of Peruvian literature. Also during his time at University of Buenos Aires, he was awarded a scholarship from the Ernst Reuter Gesellschaft at the Freie Universität Berlin to complete a research stay at FUBIS programme.
He is interested in the role of digital media in the shaping of social movements. In the framework of the project, his research focuses on the links between artistic actions and political participation in a digital context. Particularly, he is tracing the performance “El Siluetazo”, used in Postdictatorship Argentinean Human Rights movements and lately reenacted in the context of activism related to the disappearance of the students of Ayotzinapa.
Lene Guercke holds a MA in Human Rights from University College London (UCL) and a BA in International Law and International Politics and Peace and Conflict Studies from London Metropolitan University. She is now starting her PhD in Law at the KU Leuven. Her research interests include state responsibility for international crimes, strategies of denial, critical approaches to law, as well as extraterritoriality of human rights obligations.
Within the framework of the project, she is responsible for examining the legal dimension. Her research will focus on the relationship between law and memory (including memory practices) in cases of enforced disappearances in Mexico and elsewhere, as well as on the legal question of responsibility for human rights violations and international crimes in the Mexican context.
Fabiola Navarro has a PhD in Science and Arts for Design from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana- Xochimilco, and is a research fellow on digital media at KU Leuven. She had a Postdoctoral position at CriDIS/UCL -Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire «Démocratie, Institutions, Subjectivité», Université Catholique de Louvain- (2016) and previously held an academic post at the Department of Science of Communication and Design at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa (2009-2012). She has an MSc. in Media Arts and Imaging from the Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee University and a Master in Pedagogy from Universidad Panamericana. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and in Science of Communication from Universidad Tecnológica de México.
Her interest lies in the relationship of digital media and citizenship. To determine the role of digital memories in the movement of enforced disappearance in the Hispanic world, she studies the media attributions in a global era as a reinforcement of a civic culture of rights. Emerging from previous social and digital movements, she sees hipermedia practices as vital for social struggle.
Katia Olalde holds a PhD in Art History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research focuses onthe connections that certain artistic practices and forms of cultural activism maintain with the actions of resistance, the grieving processes, and the shaping of dissident memories, which areconducted by a number of civil society groups in contexts of violence and impunity. In her PhD thesis she analysed the public, political and sensitive dimensions of some of the collaborative projects that aimed topublicly display the figures of homicides anddisappearances resulting from Mexico’s so-called ‘war on drugs’ as irreparable human losses rather than abstract numbers or “collateral damage”.
In the frame of this project, she studies the role of the portrait in the digital protests against enforced disappearance, and examines the meaning which notions such as ‘public space’, ‘community’ and ‘direct action’ acquire in the context of transnational collaboration schemes that emerge through the use of social media (working title“From the unburied bodies to the absence of the disappeared. The transition from words to images in #IlustradoresConAyotzinapa”).
Silvana Mandolessi is Professor of Cultural Studies at KU Leuven. She is the author of Una literatura abyecta. Gombrowicz en la tradición argentina (Brill, 2012), and co-editor of Transnational Memory in the Hispanic World (a special issue of the European Review, 2014), Estudios sobre memoria. Perspectivas actuales y nuevos escenarios (Eduvim, 2015), El pasado inasequible. Desaparecidos, hijos y combatientes en el arte y la literatura del nuevo milenio (Eudeba, 2017), and Sujetos, territorios y culturas en tránsito. Dimensiones de lo transnacional en la cultura hispánica contemporánea (a special issue of Nuevo Texto Crítico, in press 2017). She has co-directed the IRSES Project “Transit: Transnationality at Large. The Transnational Dimension of Hispanic Culture in the XXth and XXIth Centuries”, funded by the European Commission and she is currently Principal Investigator of the ERC project “We are all Ayotzinapa: the role of digital media in the shaping of transnational memories on disappearance”.