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Vol. 41, N° 2, May/Aug, 2019

About the authors

Amanda Álvares Ferreira is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), and holds a master’s degree in Inter- national Relations by the same institution. Her master’s degree research focused on Latin American feminist and decolonial theories as well as feminist thinking on prostitution and sex trafficking. Her current research is focused on theories of sovereignty and resis- tance within and without the discipline of International Relations, with a specific focus on theories and practices of gender and sexuality that relate to such themes. Other research interests are feminist and queer theory, studies of gender and sexuality, radical political theory and theory of International Relations.

Andréa Gill is a professor and research practitioner at the Institute of International Rela- tions at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a doctorate in Political Science and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought from the University of Vic- toria, and is an associate researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for African Descen- dent Research and Heritage (NIREMA). Her areas of concentration include: post-colonial and decolonial studies; race, class, sexuality, and gender relations; urban politics and glo- balisation; political economy and development; and Latin American social and political thought.

André Luiz Reis da Silva is Associate Professor of International Relations and Coordinator of the Graduate Programme in International Strategic Studies at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He holds a PhD in Political Science from UFRGS and is Editor-in-Chief of Conjuntura Austral: Journal of the Global South. Reis researches politics between global South countries, focusing on Brazilian foreign policy and emerging powers in Asia and Africa. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2013). Currently, he is conducting research on the foreign policy of the Dilma Rousseff government and is a Research Productivity Scholar at CNPq (level 2).

Awino Okech is a lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies in the School of Oriental and African Studies, London where she teaches courses on Gender Theory, Queer Politics and African Feminism/s. Her teaching and research interests lie at the nexus between gender, sexuality and nation/state-making projects in conflict and post-conflict societies. Prior to her appointment at the Centre for Gender Studies, she contributed to knowledge production and transfer through an adjunct teaching position in the African Leadership Centre at Kings College London, where she co-convened the Gender Leadership and So- ciety module as part of the Masters programme in Security, Leadership and Society. Dr Okech has also worked with a range of national and pan-African organisations on gender, conflict and peacebuilding.

Dinah Musindarwezo is a feminist and gender and development expert who is passion- ate about creating an environment, systems and structures that work favourably for all women and girls without any form of discrimination. As the former executive director of FEMNET, she played a key role in strengthening the voices and influence of African women through working with women’s movements and organisations to influence key international, regional and national policies most notably the 2030 Sustainable Develop- ment Goals (SDGs). She holds an MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, and a BA in Development Studies from Makerere University in Uganda. She is currently the director of policy and commu- nications of Womankind Worldwide.

Donna V. Jones is Associate Professor of English at the University of California at Berke- ley and core faculty in the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory and the Science, Tech- nology and Society Center there. Author of Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Négri- tude, Vitalism, and Modernity, she is currently at work on two projects, the first titled ‘The Ambiguous Promise of European Decline: Race and Historical Pessimism in the Era of the Great War’ and the second, ‘The Tribunal of Life: Reflections on Vitalism, Race, and Biopolitics.’

Elia Elisa Cia Alves is an Adjunct Professor in the Political Science Department of the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UFPE (2017) and an MA in Economics from Unicamp (2012). Current research interests include energy politics, political economy and environmental politics.

Enara Echart Muñoz has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Universidad Com- plutense de Madrid. She is a Professor at the School of Political Science at the Federal Uni- versity of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) and Coordinator of the Research Group on International Relations and Global South (GRISUL) and the Working Group ‘South– South Cooperation and Development Policies’ of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences. Her research lines are: social movements, development, international co-opera- tion, human rights. Her publications include the books Movimientos sociales y Relaciones Internacionales. La irrupción de un nuevo actor (2008) and Cooperación Sur-Sur, política exterior y modelos de desarrollo en América Latina (2016, co-editor). Supported by theproject Jovem Cientista do Nosso Estado of the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Esta- do do Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ), 2016-2019.

Felipe Jaramillo Ruiz is Associate Professor of the School of Politics and Internation- al Relations from the Universidad Sergio Arboleda (Colombia). His research focuses on conflict resolution, governance, disability, gender, human rights and democracy. His latest publications are: (2019) ‘Colombia’s Constitutional Debate on Gender Quotas: The Link between Representation, Merit, and Democracy,’ Desafíos 31(1): 19-44, doi: http://dx.doi. org/10.12804/revistas.urosario.edu.co/desafios/a.6723; and with Lina M. Céspedes-Báez(2018), ‘“Peace without women does not go!” Women’s struggle for inclusion in Colom- bia’s peace process with the FARC,’ Colombia Internacional 94: 83-109, doi: https://doi. org/10.7440/colombiaint94.2018.04.

João Nackle Urt is Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of Grande Dourados (UFGD), Dourados, Brazil, and holds a Ph.D. degree in international relations from the University of Brasília (UnB). He was previously a professor at the Insikiran In- stitute for Indigenous Education at the Federal University of Roraima (UFRR), Boa Vista, Brazil, where he first engaged in research with Indigenous Peoples. He is currently Post- doctoral Visiting Researcher in the Graduate Programme in International Studies at the University of the Basque Country (UPV), Spain, with a project on Indigenous diploma- cies.

Juan Pablo Vallejo holds a master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Environmental Management from Yale University. He has worked with multilateral institutions and non-governmental or- ganisations in Colombia, managing co-operation and consultancy projects related to sus- tainable development and climate change. He currently works with the Colombian gov- ernment as the National Adaptation Plan Coordinator. He is also Principal Investigator of the WomanStats project (womanstats.org). His main research interests include women’s security, empowerment and the gendered effects of climate change.

Kevin Bruyneel is Professor of Politics at Babson College in Massachusetts, where he teaches political theory, U.S. politics, critical race theory and Indigenous studies.  He wrote The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations, and now writes on the relationship between race, colonialism and collective memory. He is working on a book entitled Settler Memory: The Disavowal of Indigeneity in the Political Life of Race in the United States, to be published in the Critical Indigeneities Series at Uni- versity of North Carolina Press.

Mariana Pimenta Oliveira Baccarini is an Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of Paraíba. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2014) and an MA in International Relations from the Pontif- ical Cathlic University of Minas Gerais (2010). She focuses on Political Science, with an emphasis on International Politics. Her current research topics include institutional theo- ry, institutional change, international institutions and the UN Security Council.

Natália Maria Félix de Souza is Professor at the International Relations Department of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), and holds a PhD from IRI/ PUC-Rio, in which she engaged the limits of critique in international relations theory. Her work focuses mainly on critical approaches to subjectivity and subject formation, includ- ing feminist, post-structural, postcolonial and posthuman theories, and on decolonial ap- proaches to knowledge and knowledge production. She is currently engaged in a number of initiatives regarding Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, including: co-editing the Conversations Section of the International Feminist Journal of Politics; co-editing a Portu- guese-language book on ‘Feminism, Gender and International Relations;’ and advancing the agenda of MulheRIs in Brazilian IR.

Ricardo Prata Filho has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universi- dade de Brasília (UnB) and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). He is currently a PhD candidate in International Relations at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). He is interested in contemporary political theories, gender, sexuality, queer theory, human rights, transnational networks and refuge. At the present, he is working with the overlaps between refuge, gender and sexuality through a performative approach to engage with eligibility issues and problems regarding gender and sexuality stereotypes in refuge pro- cesses. His focus is on dissident sexualities and genders.

Sharon Stanley is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Memphis. She re- searches processes of racialization and the politics of race and racism throughout the Americas, with a particular emphasis on anti-blackness in Brazil and the United States. She is the author of two books: The French Enlightenment and the Emergence of Modern Cynicism (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and An Impossible Dream? Racial Integra- tion in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her current project juxtaposes the discourse of post-racialism in the United States to the discourse of racial democracy in Brazil as exemplary strategies of the disavowal of racism.

Thais de Bakker Castro is a PhD Candidate at the International Relations Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI-PUC-Rio). She has a Master’s Degree from the same institution, in which she researched gendered readings of freedom found in narratives about the Kurdish YPJ (Women’s Protection Units), and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (PPGF-UFRJ), in which she researched possible theoretical understandings of the nation-state through Judith Butler’s philosophy. She is currently conducting an interdisciplinary research project on political visualizations of global futures, combining themes such as political myths, metaphors, imagination and imaginaries.

Thiago Braz is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of International Relations of the Pontifi- cal Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil, with funding by the National Research Council (CNPq), holding a Master’s in International Relations from the same institution. Graduated in (Public and Private) Management from Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Brazil, and Master’s in International Business from the Institut d’Ad- ministration des Entreprises Aix-Marseille of Aix-Marseille University, France. Main areas of interest include: postcolonial, decolonial and counter-colonial studies; race, gender and class relations; international political sociology; international political economy; global finance; community/cooperative economics.

Thula Pires is a professor and undergraduate co-ordinator of the Law Department at Pon- tifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a doctorate in Constitu- tional Law and State Theory from the same university, and is an associate researcher at the Center for Constitutional Studies. She is currently the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Center for African Descendent Research and Heritage (NIREMA). Her areas of concen- tration include: racism; critical race theory; black women; human rights; and the theory of recognition.

Vânia Carvalho Pinto is a Professor at the Institute of International Relations at the Uni- versity of Brasília, as well as an Academic Productivity Fellow for the Brazilian National Council of Research. She pursued her undergraduate studies in International Relations at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and at the University of Leiden (Netherlands); obtained a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Exeter (UK); and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Hildesheim (Germany). She is the author of several articles and book chapters focusing on gender issues, Gulf Arab politics, and Latin America and Gulf Arab Relations. Her current research interests focus on the status-seeking policies of small states.

William Garcia Medina is a Ph.D. student in the Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas. Garcia Medina’s research currently focuses on Black ethnics and the construction and social reproduction of Black American racial identity discourse in the public humanities. In 2016, he earned an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Teach- ers College–Columbia University in New York City with a focus on historical literacies in elementary schools. Garcia Medina also has an MA in history from the University of Puerto Rico-Recinto de Rio Piedras.

Xaman Korai Minillo is an Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of Paraíba and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Bristol. She holds an MA (2011) and BA (2008) in International Relations from University of Brasília. Current re- search interests include African sexualities and state homophobia in Zimbabwe.


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