From October to December 2019 FAC Research is extremely excited to host Sandra Tejada Mejía & Álvaro Ramírez March as residents.
Sandra is a Colombian social psychologist, a feminist and anti-racist activist. She holds a Degree in Psychology (Universidad de los Andes) and a Master Degree in Psychosocial Research and Intervention (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). In Colombia, she worked with children and families living under social risk and vulnerable situations. Since 2015 she is based in Barcelona, where she has worked in community initiatives with other migrants that go through migratory grief, co-creating new empowering narratives that bond them to a new place. Currently she works as a therapist with racialized people, focusing on problems related to discrimination, racism and/or homophobia. As a social practitioner and a migrant activist, she is interested in community-based interventions that aim at fostering communities’ agency while being committed to an intersectional feminist perspective.
Álvaro is a social psychologist and an activist based in Barcelona. As a practitioner, he holds experience in community work working with groups intersected by multiple discriminations. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Social Psychology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona with a project on the solidarity social movements in the so called ‘refugee crisis’ – a topic he approaches from his own involvement in the anti-racist, migrant solidarity scene in Barcelona. This work explores multifaceted nature of solidarity in a context in which its meaning is continuosly contested. In his work, Álvaro is interested in drawing from collaborative methodologies and feminist epistemologies to craft situated forms of engaged social research and intervention. During his stay in Athens, Álvaro will be linked as a visiting student in the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Political Sciences.
As a result of their residency, Sandra and Álvaro will contribute to the first months of FAC Research in three different ways that combine both their research and social intervention interests:
First, they will involve in the daily activity of the community projects of the center. They will carry out a needs assessment of both the neighborhood/community, and the people who already belong to the centre, so that it can contribute to the co-creation of a social intervention project. This may result in different activities, such as a women group, workshops related to empowerment of the migrant political subject, individual therapeutic interventions, or other spaces and formats that are considered appropriate by the participants.
Second, this involvement with the city will go hand in hand with a reflection on the migrant solidarity structures present in the city and the evolution of these groups in the last 4 years since the so-called ‘migrant crisis’. This will pay special attention to the transnational connection of such groups and the symbolic and material infrastructures they rely on. As a result of this process, they will present a small product that may take the form of a small exhibition or talk.
And third, they will carry out of an open workshop on Narrative Productions, a methodology based in the feminist epistemology of Donna Haraway that consist in the co-creation of situated texts, and that are used as both a method of intervention and a way of inquiry for academic research. This practical workshop will explore a topic that could be both related to the previous activities and/or to the participants’ interests.
The open call for the workshop is dropping on October 10, so be sure to check for more details on our site and social media. The workshop will be consisting of 4 sessions starting on October 31, with the final session on November 21. On Tuesday November 12 there will be an Open Event involving public lectures by leading practitioners of this methodology from the Fractalities in Critical Research Group.