Presenter Bios

Ana Maria Arango

is the Director of La Corporaloteca, researcher at ASINCH and lecturer in the Artistic Education Program at Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó, Colombia. She has led different research and applied projects at La Corporaloteca and ASINCH, involving radio programs, podcasts, publications, and other initiatives to the safeguard of manifestations of the oral, sound and body traditions of the peoples of the Colombian Pacific. With this experience, she won first place in the general category of the Visible Anthropology Award. Together with Leonidas Valencia, Ana Maria coordinates La Tambora Mágica project. 

Melissa Blanco Borelli

is Associate Professor of Theatre Scholarship and Performance Studies and Associate Director of the International Program for Creative Collaboration and Research (IPCCR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of She Is Cuba: A Genealogy of the Mulata Body which won the Society of Dance History Scholars’ 2016 de la Torre Bueno Prize for best book in Dance Studies. She has been faculty at MIT, University of Surrey, UK and Royal Holloway, University of London where she remains affiliated as a Reader in Dance Theory and Performance. She is the current President of the Dance Studies Association.  

María Estrada-Fuentes

is Lecturer in Latin American Performance Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research interests include arts-based conflict transformation, gender and complex victimhood, politics and performance. She is co-investigator in the international research project Towards a Moral Grammar of Transitional Justice: Secondary Care Practices to Support Conflict Transformation in Colombia, a public–private partnership between the University of Warwick (UK), Los Andes University and the Reincorporation and Normalization Agency (Colombia).

Victoria Fortuna

is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Reed College. Her teaching and research interests include Latin American concert dance, dance as a mode of political engagement and community organization, collaborative creation methods, and cultural histories of dance in transnational perspective. Her book, Moving Otherwise: Dance, Violence, and Memory in Buenos Aires, examines the relationship between Buenos Aires based contemporary dance practices and histories of political and economic violence in Argentina. She has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, New York Public Library, Fulbright, Society of Dance History Scholars, American Society for Theatre Research, and Latin American Studies Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dance Studies Association. 

María Andrea García

has worked for multilateral agencies, NGO´s and universities as a psychologist and Dance Movement Therapist (DMT) for 20 years in the UK and for the last 10 years in Colombia where she is pioneering DMT in the context of social conflict and peace building. Growing her practice as a DMT through its direct application in clinical, educational, and community settings has helped her adapt the discipline to the needs of displaced and vulnerable populations in Colombia and to professionals working in this field.

Paula Guzzanti

is a dance lecturer at the University of Malta. She completed a practice-as research PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research interests include improvisation, collaborative performance-making, affect theory, and conflict transformation studies. Recent publications include a book chapter on the language of affect, and papers on dance improvisation. Paula won the Higginson Leadership Award 2019 to facilitate a project for Nicaraguan refugees in Costa Rica.

Muki Haklay

is a professor of Geographical Information Science at UCL, and the co-director of UCL Extreme Citizen Science group. His research interests include public access, use and creation of environmental information, usability aspects of geographical technologies, participatory mapping and GIS, and citizen science.

Olga Lucia Sorzano

is postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway, University of London and co-researcher in the Erasmus+ project ‘Circus as Intercultural Encounter’. Her work is at the crossroads of cultural, performance and decolonial studies. Her doctoral research analyses circus in Britain and Colombia to inquire for global interconnections in the stratification of artistic practices, peoples and systems of knowledge. She is coordinating the production of Corpografias, a digital archive that records artistic practices in Bojaya, Buenaventura, Guapi and Unguia, as part of the Embodied Performance Project.

María Mencía

is Associate Professor and Course leader of the BA in Media and Communication at Kingston School of Art.  She is an award-winning author of electronic literature (e-lit) and her practice-based research in Digital Poetics and Digital Art has been exhibited and presented widely.  Her current AHRC- funded project focuses on the Memory, Victims and Representation of the Colombian Conflict. Her latest digital work, The Winnipeg: The Poem that Crossed the Atlantic, looks at the historical memory (Spanish-Chilean) and personal memory,  She is the sole editor of the volume #WomenTechLit which brings together 29 pioneering and emerging women from all parts of the world.

Maja Milatovic-Ovadia

 is a practising theatre director working in a range of context including classic and contemporary text-based theatre, devised work and community theatre. I am currently working on a practice-based PhD developing new strategies within community theatre practice in post-conflict settings based on the use of humour and comedy.

Nela Milic

is Senior Lecturer and Year 2 Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator in the Design School at London College of Communication. She is an artist and an academic working in media and arts. She conducted research for Gulbenkian Foundation and worked on the project TimeCase: Memory in Action with a Grundtvig grant. She is a reviewer of the Journal for Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education as well as Memory Studies Journal and co-chair of Art and Memory Working Group of Memory Studies Association (MSA). Nela is co-editor of a Special Issue of the Journal of Organisational Aesthetics about London Design Festival at LCC.

Charly Monreal

is a Chilean London based physical performer and theatre maker. Over the last five years he has worked with PSYCHEdelight, La Transitoria, The Last Company, Judith Sanchez-Ruiz and Hannes Langolf. Performing around the UK and Europe, with pieces that blend text, dance and physical theatre. With projects based on real stories, Charly has been part of devising processes that take the audience on journeys through the humanity and experiences of refugees, the complexity of social relations and the personal story of his family and country.

Manuela Ochoa

is an artist and a Humanities PhD student at Concordia University. She is the co-founder of the digital projects Oropéndola, arte y conflicto (now part of the Museum of Memory of Colombia) and Mirlo Podcast. She was co-curator for the exhibit Feliza Bursztyn, Elogio de la chatarra at the Museo Nacional de Colombia and producer for BBC Radio’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul (In the studio). She is currently studying the possibilities of researching/creating podcasts and exploring their participatory potential in the Colombian post-conflict scenario. Manuela is part of the developer team of (Des)tejiendo Miradas and Corpografias, two digital platforms to record art practices and memory with victims of the Colombian conflict, as part of the Newton Fund/Colciencias research projects.

Sarah Quinton

is the Reader in Digital Society at Oxford Brookes Business School and the Chair of the research ethics committee for the university.  Sarah’s research interests lie in how digitalisation is impacting upon people, communities,   research methods and research ethics.  Much of Sarah’s research is interdisciplinary, and she works  with colleagues from a  range of backgrounds and subjects.   Recent projects have focused on using participatory research with older citizens to gain insight into  their use of digital technologies, and how they use those technologies to mitigate loneliness and social isolation.

R.M. Sánchez-Camus

is a UK-based creative practitioner born in NYC to parents who emigrated from Chile. His practice incorporates community co-authorship into installation, performance and text. His work focuses on collaboration, interaction, psychogeography, and community wellbeing. An important strand of his practice the building of support and exchange systems for artists, curators, activists and scholars working in social art practice. He runs Applied Live Art Studios (ALAS), co-founded Social Art Network (SAN), is a creative consultant of Axisweb’s Social ARTery and Social Art Library (SOAL), and has co-convened the conference Facing Death Creatively since 2016. 

Alda Terracciano

 is an artist and Honorary Research Fellow at UCL. She is co-leader of the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) – a collaboration between UCL and Gothenburg University. She researched on digital economy at Queen Mary, University of London and co-founded the black and Asian performing arts archive Future Histories. She is Artistic Director of Aldaterra Projects.

Maria Tivnan

is a first year IRC doctoral candidate. Her project examines the concept, design, and ideology of ‘home’ in Irish, Palestinian and Mexican theatre. Maria is the artistic director of Galway based Fregoli Theatre (26 productions to date) who tour nationally and internationally including performances at the Edinburgh Fringe. She holds a BA in Psychology (NUI Galway), an MA in Modern Drama (University College Dublin) and an MA in Social Work (NUI Galway). Maria has also worked as a youth worker, mental health care professional and drama teacher, and has lectured on various modules for theatre devising at NUI Galway.

Jonelle Walker

is a doctoral candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation research focuses on performances of white femininity in theatre, popular culture, and social media from the mid-19th century to the present. In addition to her studies, Jonelle is a playwright, dramaturg, director, and pop intellectual content creator. She is a Company Member with Rorschach Theatre and Co-Host of the RomCom Killjoys podcast.

Embodied Performance Practices Project (AHRC-Colciencias) // Equipo Prácticas Artísticas y Corporales (AHRC-Colciencias)

Universidad de Antioquia
Marta Isabel DominguezSocióloga e investigadora en Historia Social del GIHS /
Lecturer in Sociology and Social History Researcher at GIHS
Isabel Restrepo JaramilloHistoriadora de la imagen en movimiento y la memoria audiovisual /
Historian and researcher on moving image and audiovisual memory
Cindy Johanna GuzmánSocióloga, estudiante de Maestría en ciencia de la información, memoria y sociedad /
Sociologist, MA Information Science, Memory and Society
Anamaria Tamayo-DuqueAntropóloga, Estudios de corporalidades / Anthropologist and Embodiment Studies Scholar
Natalia TorresPsicóloga, estudios sobre el duelo  / Psychologist, mourning studies (youth researcher)
Ana Maria DiazArtista y Abogada /
Artists and Lawyer (youth researcher)
Corporaloteca, Quibdo – Choco
Ana Maria ArangoDirectora La Corp-Oraloteca / Director at Corp-Oraloteca
Danny Suley CastroActriz y Maestra en artes escénicas y gestión cultural /
Actress, MA in performing arts and cultural management
Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México
María Fernanda Carrillo SánchezDocumentalista e investigadora /
Filmmaker and researcher
Royal Holloway, University of London
Melissa Blanco BorelliEstudios de danza, performance y archivos digitales /
Dance, Performance, and Digital Archives Scholar
Bryce LeaseEstudios de teatro, memoria cultural y archivos digitales /
Theatre Studies, Cultural Memory and Digital Archives Scholar
Olga Lucía SorzanoEstudios culturales, decoloniales y digitales /
Cultural, Digital and Decolonial Studies