School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

(Maria) Antonia Manresa Axisa

Doctoral Student in Iberian and Latin American Studies


Prof Rosaleen Howard and Dr Patricia Oliart, Newcastle University

The Community Indigenous School in Ecuador: A site of negotiation and struggle over difference

Research Interests

My research interests relate to schooling and conceptualizations of forms of knowledge, specifically in terms of indigenous education, currently focused on Ecuador. I’m interested in exploring these issues framed within theoretical debates as to ‘what counts as knowledge’ and how this is expressed in tensions in the role the school plays as a site of ‘inclusion/exclusion’. I consider perspectives from critical pedagogy and elements of historical anthropology in the production of counter hegemonic narratives as potential emerging spaces for critical reflection. I’m also interested in this issue as the relationship placed between language and knowledge, from a philosophical perspective as well as within sociolinguistics relating to ethnic and cultural identity and how this is represented within discourse at the ground level, national policies and international tendencies mostly within the context of education.


I have over 10 years experience of teaching within the context of popular education mostly with Ecuadorian Amazonian communities. I have a PGCE certificate for secondary education in science and have several years experience in teaching children of all ages in environmental education. I have recently been teaching at a postgraduate level on the Masters course for “Education Investigativa” at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito, Ecuador.


I have presented at the following conferences:

  • 2013 - Postgraduate conference on Latin American Studies at Newcastle University
  • 2013 – SLAS – Society of Latin American Studies at Manchester
  • 2014 – LASA – Latin American Studies Association at Chicago
  • 2015 – LASA - Latin American Studies Association at Puerto Rico
  • 2015 – PESGB- International Conference of Critical Pedagogy at Liverpool Hope University as part of (Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain)

Academic Background

  • 1998 - MSc in Ecosystem Management and Governance, Warwick University
  • 2012 – MA in Philosophy of Education IOE, London University
  • 2012- 2016 PhD candidate of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Newcastle University