maria sibylla merian centre
conviviality-inequality in latin america
Tilmann Heil Antropologia
Tilmann Heil is an academic staff member of the Iberian and Latin American History Department at Universität zu Köln and a Postdoctoral Investigator at Mecila where he also coordinates the research area [Hi]Stories of Conviviality. His current research project Valued Difference is on urban hierarchies and inequalities based on ethnographic research with West African and Southern European migrants in Rio de Janeiro. Since his doctoral work, he has sharpened the notion of conviviality in his book Comparing Conviviality as a process of interaction, negotiation and translation from which forms of minimal and fragile sociality emerge. He has addressed situations of ethnic and religious plurality and multilingualism.
Tilmann holds a doctorate in Social and Cultural Anthropology and an MPhil in interdisciplinary Migration Studies, both from the University of Oxford. Until 2020, he was a FWO Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre / Anthropology Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In the same period, he collaborated with Meron Zeleke on gendered migration from East and West Africa, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. In the past, he held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Social Integration” at Universität Konstanz where he also coordinated a four-year doctoral programme.
Clara Ruvituso is researcher at the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut in Berlin and Postdoctoral Investigator in Mecila, where she coordinates the Research Area “Medialities of Conviviality”. Her doctoral thesis analyzed the controversial reception of Martin Heidegger in Argentina. Currently, she focuses on a much less researched direction of the circulation of knowledge: from South to North. Clara’s main research interest in the framework of conviviality concerns the analysis of inequalities, entanglements and transformations in the production and transregional circulation of Southern Theories. In her project at Mecila, she analyses the circulation of Latin American dependency theories in France and Germany, comparing processes of translation, appropriation, modification and exchanges within structures marked by inequality and difference.
Clara is a sociologist from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and obtained her PhD in Political Science from the Universität Rostock within the framework of the DFG-Graduate School “Cultural Encounters and Discourses of Scholarship”. Until August 2020, she was lecturer and researcher at the Universität Rostock in Political Sciences (2013-2018) and at the Freie Universität Berlin in Sociology (2019-2020). She was a visiting professor at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3).
Mariana Teixeira is a Postdoctoral Investigator at the Freie Universität Berlinand coordinates Mecila’s Research Area “Politics of Conviviality”. She earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Philosophy from Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas), where she also studied Political Science and Sociology. She has taught as a visiting lecturer in Philosophy at Unicamp and in Social Psychology at the Universidade de São Paulo. She was a visiting doctoral researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin and a postdoctoral researcher at Cebrap (Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento). She is associate researcher at this latter institution and managing editor of Dissonância: Critical Theory Journal.
She is interested in and has published on critical theory, political and social philosophy, sociological theory, feminism, post- and de-colonial theories, and the dialectical tradition stemming from Hegel and Marx. By way of an inquiry into the critical appropriation of Hegel’s “master-slave dialectics” from otherized (e.g. racialized, gendered, colonized, exploited) perspectives, her current research agenda explores the political-epistemological disclosing potential latent in the experiences of peripheral subjects.