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Rita Giacalone

Visiting Fellow Rita Giacalone is Professor of Economic History, Department of Economics, Universidad de Los Andes (Venezuela), and Coordinator of GRUDIR (Regional Integration Research Group). She was Director of the School of Political Science, Coordinator of REDINRE (an ALFA Program network of European and Latin American universities), and Editor of Revista Venezolana de Ciencia Política and of Revista Agroalimentaria.  She has been a Visiting Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Universidad Autónoma de México, Universidad de La Plata (Argentina), and Stockholm University. She holds a Ph.D.  in History from Indiana University, and has been beneficiary of a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship. Her latest publications include “Anti-Americanism and Trade Policy in Brazil and France” (co-author: Gerry Alons) Revista Iberoamericana (Stockholm) 43 (1-2) (2013), “Latin American Answers to Mega-Regional Projects: Options and Limits” in J. Roy (ed.) A New Atlantic Community. The European Union, the US and Latin America. Miami: Jean Monnet Chair-University of Miami, 2015, and Geopolítica y Geo-economía en el proceso globalizador. Bogotá: Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, 2016.

Shawn Morton

Past Graduate Student in Residence Shawn Morton is an archaeologist with research interests in the roles of space/place, ritual, and religion in the constitution of community and community identity.  He received his PhD in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary and a research associate in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University.  He is co-Director of the Central Belize Archaeological Survey project, an archaeological fieldschool and research project focused on the recently discovered Maya civic-ceremonial centre dubbed Tipan Chen Uitz (  

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.