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ALICE Research Projects

The project ALICE seeks to re-think and renovate socio-scientific knowledge in light of the epistemologies of the South, proposed by Boaventura de Sousa Santos. The objective is to develop new theoretical and political paradigms of social transformation. For more info click here. Below the personal research projects of ALICE researcher.

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Democratising democracy | Transformative constitutionalism, interculturality and State reform | Other economies | Human rights and other grammars of human dignity

Are Big Data and Statistics Shaping Democracy? A Critical Account about the Effects of Information Technology and Large Numbers on Democratic Systems and Political Participation

Researcher name: Francisco Freitas
The access and the control of information has been transforming citizenship. Democracies are facing new claims since political will is now expressed at several different stances in times of networked communication. New possibilities imply converse standings that must be considered. The age of data deluge is rearranging the concept of power elsewhere, as democracies are challenged by the upsurge in technology, but especially because greater social control may be assumed by small cohorts at a transnational level. Photo Credits: Personal Archive
Thematic Areas:
Democratising democracy

Beyond Transitional Justice: On Pluralist Co-Existence ‘After’ Conflict; Lessons From The South

Researcher name: Tshepo Madlingozi
Since the late 1980s the Global North has imposed certain notions of modernity, legal system and nation building through the ‘Transitional Justice project’ (TJP). Instead of experiencing independence – politically, culturally and epistemologically – “post-conflict” countries are re-colonised through this project... Photo Credits: Freedom Ngubonde
Thematic Areas:
Human rights and other grammars of human dignity

‘Women InPower Women’: The Art of The Ku Patsa: Justice, Dignity and Good Living in Non-Capitalist Socio-Economical Women’s Strategies

Researcher name: Teresa Cunha
'Women inpower Women’ states for the epistemological principle of the impossibility of the totalitarian hegemony of one over the pluriversal experiences of the world. This research project aims to discern, comprehend, analyze and get lessons from women’s social and economical practices that are resisting and operating against the contemporary hegemony of neoliberal thought...  Photo Credits: Personal Archive
Thematic Areas:
Other economies

Legal Discourses Within Contact Zones. A Study of The Struggles for Women Rights and Access to Land in Mozambique and South Africa

Researcher name: Sara Araújo
In the process of reducing the world to a Western understanding of the world, modern law assumed the role of science accomplice. It became a globalized localism based on a universal conception of the individual which, in turn, determined the way Human rights framework was drawn...  Photo Credits: Personal Archive
Thematic Areas:
Human rights and other grammars of human dignity

Plurinational and Intercultural Constitutionalisms in Ecuador and Bolivia from a Sumak Kawsay Perspective: From Oral Expression to Written Word and Lessons for Development

Researcher name: Raúl Llasag Fernández
The proposal for the re-foundation of State in Ecuador and Bolivia, accomplished by the demand for a participatory Constituent Assembly that would approve a plurinational and intercultural Constitution, came from historically invisibilized collectives, and more specifically from the life- systems of indigenous people who were localized and invisibilized by ‘colonisation’ and ‘independence’ processes, as well as from their reaction to a liberal-conservative, neo-colonial, capitalist, neo-extractivist and patriarchal constitutionalism. Photo Credits: Personal Archive
Thematic Areas:
Transformative constitutionalism

Spicing Life, Unpacking Struggles: Food Knowledges, Food Rights and The Possibilities of Counterhegemonic Intercultural Translation

Researcher name: Maria Paula Meneses
This project aims to amplify counter-hegemonic and post-colonial possibilities concerning human rights, by exploring the epistemological potential of foodwork/foodmaking as a ‘contact zone’...  Photo Credits: Jan Braai
Thematic Areas:
Human rights and other grammars of human dignity

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