Latin American Research Community (LARC)

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The Latin American Research Community, LARC, is a multidisciplinary research and study space based at RMIT University. It is a space devoted to nurture and strengthen relations between Latin American and Australia. LARC aims to promote institutional, research and teaching collaboration between these two regions.

LARC Forum 2021  

The LARC Forum 2021 is a unique event for researchers from Latin America or Researchers investigating topics related to Latin America in the College of Design and Social Context (DSC) at RMIT University. The LARC Forum 2021 aims to create a space devoted to nurturing and strengthening relations between Latin America and Australia, through showcasing the diverse range of research undertaken at RMIT.  

DSC researchers from Latin America or researching topics related to Latin America are invited to present their work to the wider community in a 5 minute presentation followed by a discussion with fellow researchers with an aim to create community and engagement amongst the Latin America Research Community at DSC-RMIT.    

The first LARC forum will be held online on Monday 2 December 2021 at 1pm-4pm. Researchers at all stages are welcome.   

What happens after the EOI submission? 

After the EOIs are received, the LARC Committee will determine “presentation groups” and will advise researchers of the allocated group and the specific date and time of presentation. A networking session will follow each group’s presentation.   

 

Important dates  

Submit your Expression of Interest

20 October 2021  

Presenting Group Allocation 

8 November 2021 

Live forum   

2 December 2021 (1pm-4pm)

 

Contact  

Please direct all enquiries to carolina.quinterorodriguez@rmit.edu.au or antonio.castillo@rmit.edu.au  

We look forward to seeing you at the LARC Forum in December!

On this page, you will find researchers - academics and HDR students - from the College of Design and Social Context (DSC), who are from Latin America and/or are interested in topics related to Latin America.

Ralph Horne

Dr Ralph Horne is Professor of Geography and focuses on social and policy change to support sustainable urban development, housing and households. He is Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation for the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University, and Director of the Cities Programme, the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact.

Luisiana Paganelli Silva

Luisiana Paganelli is an urban planner and architect from Curitiba, Brazil. Her Ph.D. research (at CUR) explores how governance systems can maximize car sharing's potential as sustainable transport. She has years of experience as a public official at IPPUC, and studies in Urban Planning/Management, Sustainable Transport, Architecture, and Business Administration.

Glenda Mejia

Glenda Mejia is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Global Studies and Languages at RMIT University, Australia. Glenda's research contributes to the field of migration/mobility and critical pedagogy. Her work covers topics on experiences of (Im)Migrants in Australia (e.g., identity, belonging, place-making and intersectionality), in particular in the area of Latin American studies. She is also particularly interested on how students acquire knowledge and use language underpin by critical and decolonising pedagogy. Her teaching and research are inspired by Paulo Freire, bell hook and Gloria Anzaldúa.

Geoff Hogg

Dr Geoff Hogg is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art at RMIT. He is the former Director of CAST (Centre for Art, Society and Transformation) in the School of Art and former Program Director – Master of Arts, Art in Public Space.

Alasdair Foster

Dr Alasdair Foster is a writer, researcher and award-winning curator initiating intercultural photography and visual art projects around the world, especially in Asia and Latin America. He is ambassador for the Asian-Pacific PhotoForum, a network of festivals in Asia, Latin America and Oceania.

Andrea Rassell

Andrea is a media artist and practice-based researcher in science art. From dual backgrounds in cinematography and retinal neuroscience, she has developed research interests at the intersection of microscopy, cinematography, perception and cinema.

Carolina Quintero Rodriguez

Dr Carolina Quintero is a lecturer in the Fashion (Enterprise) program, with qualifications and practice experience in the field of product design and development. Her research and practice are concerned with the key design considerations relevant to the engineering of functional clothing designed to fulfil the specific functional and comfort requirements of wearers through the understanding of the properties of the materials for the specific end-use.

Antonio Castillo

Dr Antonio Castillo is a Latin American journalist and academic. He is the former Director of the CPC (Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture). At RMIT he teaches journalism. Antonio is the Coordinator of Features & Storytelling.

Moses Iten

Moses Iten is pursuing a practice-led PhD researching the performance and representation of Digital Cumbia, a globally active music scene of electronic dance music DJs/producers engaging with Cumbia – one of Latin America’s most popular music styles.

Francisca Javiera Diaz de Valdes

Francisca is a journalist with a background in academy and international relations. As a passionate about the academy, she has worked in universities in Chile, at The University of Melbourne, and RMIT University, in Australia.

Sebastian Diaz-Gasca

Sebastian is an audio engineer, music producer, and lecturer in Music Industry. His research ranges from ludomusicology, musical narratology, videogame studies, popular music studies, music production, ethnomusicology, and Latin American studies.

Here are some of the current projects from our DSC academics and HDR students:

  • Latin American Feminist Digital Media Platforms: New Media-New Voices, Changing the Landscape on Digital Media Politics,” PhD Candidate: Francisca Javiera Diaz De Valdes
    Supervisors: Dr Antonio Castillo and Dr Linje Manyoso

 

  • Representations of Spanish Colonialism in 20th Century Media,” PhD Candidate: Jason Foster
    Supervisors: Dr Antonio Castillo and Dr Sebastian Diaz-Gasca
  • Latin American Newsstream enables RMIT students to search the most recent local, national, and regional news content with archives featuring newspapers, newswire, and news sites in active full-text format.
  • RMIT English language bursary for Latin American students
  • Australian Latin American Professional Network
  • Latin American Scholarship Research flyer
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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.