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BScEcon International Politics with Economics, Aberystwyth University
MScEcon Postcolonial Politics, Aberystwyth University

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Dr Lucy Taylor, Berit Bliesemann De Guevara


This PhD project takes an ethnographic approach and looks at the struggles of urban indigenous movements as well as urban Afro-descendant quilombola communities in three cities of Brazil’s Southeast Region: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte. Aiming to discern which conceptions of race and ethnicity are at play in these groups’ mobilisations and the state’s recognition of their rights, the thesis also problematizes the political horizons shaped by the limits and possibilities of Brazil’s post-1988 multicultural turn.


General Research Interests

Latin American Studies; Brazilian Studies; Race & Ethnicity; Quilombos; Indigeneity; Post-Colonialism; Racism and Anti-Racism.

Publications and Conference Papers


Book review: Loveman, Mara. National Colors: Racial Classification and the State in Latin America, Oxford University Press, 2014. Published in St Antony's International Review, Volume 10, Number 2, February 2015, “The Resurgence of Identity Politics”.

Article:The securitization of citizenship in a ‘Segregated City’: a reflection on Rio’s Pacifying Police Units” in URBE - Revista Brasileira de Gestão Urbana, v.8, n.2, 2015.

Conference Papers (selection):

April 2014 –Association of American Geographers, in Tampa, Florida: “A Reflection on the Pacifying Police Units in Rio de Janeiro.”

August 2014 – International Association of Inter-American Studies, in Lima, Peru: “Re-Thinking Race and Ethnicity in Brazil through Quilombos.”

April 2015 - Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference: “From favela to quilombo and back? Or: This is not a favela – The Limits of Multiculturalism in Sacopã’s ‘Miracle of Resistance’.”  

May 2015 - Oxbridge Brazilian Studies Conference: “Rio de Janeiro’s Urban Quilombo Sacopã and Indigenous Association Aldeia Maracanã, the ‘Miracle of Resistance’ and the Horizons of Multiculturalism.”

June 2015 - Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting: “Urban Quilombo and Indigenous Movements in the Southeast Region of Brazil and the Horizons of Multiculturalism.”


Funding Awards

Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) 2015 Harold Blakemore Prize for Best Postgraduate Essay

Caroline Adams Travel Bursary (2015)

+3 Studentship,ESRC (PhD) (2013-16)

Department of International Politics, Departmental Scholarship (Masters)(2012-13)


Teaching Experience

Aberystwyth University 2013-14: IP10920 Global Inequalities

Aberystwyth University 2012-2015: IP10720 Basic Brazilian Portuguese

Professional Membership

Society for Latin American Studies, SLAS – Member

British Sociology Association, BSA, Race and Ethnicity Study Group – Member

American Association of Geographers, AAG – Member

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association – Member

Chatham House - Member

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