School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Raul Valdivia Murgueytio

Research Associate

Background

I have a multidisciplinary background which includes sociology, psychology and the visual arts. Before doing my PhD, I worked in global citizenship education for many years, training school teachers and trainee teachers in Nottingham on critical pedagogies for global learning. I also managed a 3-year transnational project on global citizenship education through modern foreign languages funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Central to my work is the idea of ‘ecology of knowledges’ (Boaventura de Sousa Santos) and how to preserve and promote the epistemological diversity of the world, especially indigenous knowledges. In 2019-20, I took part in a visual and cultural studies programme at Nottingham Contemporary, one of the main art galleries in the UK. CAMPUS allowed me to explore the epistemic function of arts institutions and forms of collective knowledge production through curatorial and artistic practices.

Before joining Newcastle University, I worked as a lecturer in Spanish language, history and cultures at Nottingham Trent University. Currently, I am curating an exhibition on a series of unseen photographs made by Peruvian novelist José María Arguedas, in collaboration with the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Newcastle University. The exhibition will address issues around migration, modernity, capitalism, social fragmentation and cultural identity.

Future Research

I am interested in the notion of ‘epistemic injustice’ (Miranda Fricker) and how it is experienced by early career researchers from the Global South in UK universities, including its effect on subjective well-being and life satisfaction. Epistemic injustice refers to ‘those forms of unfair treatment that relate to issues of knowledge, understanding, and participation in communicative practices’ (The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice).

I am also keen to expand my investigation into ‘subjugated visualities’ in Latin America, the counter-hegemonic practices and discourses they create, and their role in processes of cultural resistance.

Qualifications

Ph.D. Iberian and Latin American Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

M.A. Global Citizenship, Human Rights and Identities, University of Nottingham

M.Sc. Health Promotion and Health Education, University of Edinburgh

PGCert NGO Management, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

B.A. Psychology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Memberships

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Languages

English, Spanish and a little bit of Quechua!

External Commitments

I am a Trustee of Latin American House, a well established charity that supports the Latin American community in London, especially low-income migrants. I chair the Culture sub-committee in charge of promoting the different languages and cultures of the region in the UK.

Informal Interests

Street photography, galleries and museums, and Peruvian cuisine!

Research

I am a research associate on the Global Citizenship and Multilingual Competences (GCMC) toolkit project (2020-2023) funded by Erasmus   and involving partners in Austria, Netherlands, Italy, Germany and the UK. The aim of the project is to provide online resources on global learning and plurilingual pedagogies to secondary school teachers across all subject areas.

Please visit our website for further information: https://gcmc.global/

You can also follow our page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GCMC.global