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Viviana García Pinzón

is a Senior Researcher at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI) in Freiburg and an Associate at the Institute of Latin American Studies at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). Viviana completed a PhD. in Political Science with a focus on peace and conflict studies at the Philipps University of Marburg (summa cum laude) and as part of the GIGA Doctoral Programme. In the framework of the Postcolonial Hierarchies network, Viviana’s research analyses the intertwinement between postcolonial hierarchies, contentious politics, and urban governance in violence-affected cities. In addition, she coordinates the conceptualisation and development of the Virtual Encyclopedia.

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Miriam Bartelmann

is a PhD researcher at the ABI, focusing on environmental and territorial conflicts that arise on the ground of or reproduce postcolonial hierarchies. Her interests are in decolonial perspectives and transformative practices. She studied M.A. Social Sciences at the University of Freiburg, FLACSO Buenos Aires, and JNU (New Delhi), as well as M.A. Sociology at the University of Freiburg. Before that, she pursued her B.A. at Freiburg in Sociology and Islamic studies. She collaborates with the coordination of  the conceptualisation and development of the Virtual Encyclopedia.

Harry Parfitt

Harry Parfitt

Harry is a student of the Global Studies MA Program in Freiburg. He is conducting ethnographic research with migrant workers in the platform economy for his MA Thesis and is helping to develop the Virtual Encyclopaedia in the Postcolonial Hierarchies project.

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Alke Jenss

is a Senior Researcher and Head of the Cluster ‚Contested Governance‘ at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI) in Freiburg. Her current research focuses on the production of security and insecurity through transnational infrastructure masterplans and multi-scalar governance from a relational state theory perspective. In the Postcolonial Hierarchies network, she looks at how the scales and spatialities of urban protest are related to regional urban renewal plans and the global economy. She serves as the PI for the network’s Freiburg team.

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Fabricio Rodríguez

is a Senior Researcher at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI) in Freiburg. He holds a PhD in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from the University of Freiburg. His research in the Postcolonial Hierarchies network will explore the ways urban protests are entwined with the contestation of coloniality/modernity dynamics and how this relationship shapes violent processes of hierarchisation in Latin America. Fabricio also coordinates the Knowledge in Dialogue(s) component of the network.

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Franzisca Zanker

is a Senior Researcher at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI) in Freiburg where she heads the research cluster „Patterns of (Forced) Migration“. Her current research interests focus on political processes surrounding refugee and migration governance with her most recent project looking at refugee protection in South Africa and Uganda.

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