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Victor Bedoya

Past Graduate Student in Residence Born in Spain, Víctor Bedoya Ponte graduated in Philosophy at the Universidad de Sevilla in 2006. He completed a PhD in History of Ideas at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon en 2012. He is currently enrolled in the PhD Program in Spanish at the University of Calgary, where his  research is focused on the short-stories by the Chilean writer José Donoso (1924-1996). In these works, Donoso describes the world of upper-class individuals that is slowly collapsing due to economic shifts. Individuals, whether they do not have privileges or have lost them, struggle to maintain social status, and often show maniac behavior. The need to maintain status in society sets up a deep reflection on the problems of identity and madness that asks for a philosophical reading.