Dr Sara Motta obtained her BA in Philosophy and MSc in The Politics of Development (Latin America) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She completed her PhD at the Department of Government, LSE under the supervision of Dr Francisco Panizza and Professor Rodney Barker in 2005. She was appointed as a three year Tutorial Fellow in Comparative and Latin American Politics in the Government Department, LSE before being appointed to lectureship in Politics at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham in 2007. She joined the Discipline of Politics and International Relations, University of Newcastle, NSW in May 2013 as Senior Lecturer in Politics. Her scholarly practice transgresses borders- epistemological, social and spatial- as a means to co-construct with communities in struggle a critical political science practice for and of the subaltern. She has published widely in international journals including Political Studies, Latin American Perspectives, Antipode, Historical Materialism and produced a number of books including (co-edited with Alf Nilsen) Social Movements in the Global South: Dispossession, Development and Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan) and the forthcoming ( co-edited with Mike Cole) Education and Social Change in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan). She is co-founder and Latin American editor of the open access peer-reviewed journal Interface: a journal for and about social movements, http://www.interfacejournal.net/; advising editor for Latin American Perspectives, http://lap.sagepub.com/; and founding co-editor of the Journal of Critical Southern Studies. She has been involved in organising numerous projects of radical education including, the Nottingham Critical Pedagogy Project, http://nottinghamcriticalpedagogy.wordpress.com/, Nottingham Free School; the Social Science Centre and PRONERA, State University of Ceara, Brazil. She also writes a radical feminist column Beautiful Transgressions for Ceasefire Magazine, http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/category/columns/beautiful-transgressions/
- PhD (Economics and Political Science), University of London, 31/08/2005
- Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)(Honours), University of London, 01/08/1994
- Master of Science, University of London, 01/11/2000
- Cosmologies of Resistance
- Critique of Political Science/Comparative Politics
- Feminism of the 21st Century
- Pedagogies of Resistance and Transformation
- Subaltern politics in the Global South and Latin America
Dr Motta’s research focus is the politics of subaltern resistance, with particular reference to Latin America and the reinvention of new forms of popular politics, political subjectivities and ways of life that seek to transcend neoliberal. She has written about the Latin American Third Way Governments of the Concertacion in Chile and the Workers' Party in Brazil in relation to their role in stabilising and normalising neoliberal hegemony. A second strand of her research is focused on new forms of subaltern politics in the region, with particular reference to social movements in Argentina (unemployed movements), Venezuela (urban land movement), Brazil (Landless Workers Movement and Solidarity Economy Movement) and Colombia (Escuela Política de Mujeres Pazífica).
These movements are creating new forms of politics and development which challenge conventional frames of political analysis and suggest the need for a re-think of trusted conceptual frameworks. She is thus interested in developing critical readings of political science and comparative politics through traditions on the scholarly margins including, decolonial theory, black and Chicana feminist theory, post-anarchy, open Marxism and the theories produced by communities in struggle.
This research has led her to explore the politics of knowledge and the linkages between knowledge, power and exclusion, as well as the ways in which new social movements are re-inventing democratic and participatory forms of knowledge creation that challenge the academic privilege of the academy. Methodologically she is therefore interested in developing movement relevant research and participatory research methods. As part of this she is also interested in the pedagogy of dissent, and the use of popular education and critical education in and outside of the University in the forging of struggles and practices of social justice.
She has published widely in internationally peer reviewed journals including Political Studies, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Antipode, Latin American Perspectives, Latin American Politics and Society and Historical Materialism. She is co-editor of the forthcoming LAP special edition Reinventing the Lefts from Below in Latin America and co-editor (with Alf Nilsen) of Social Movements in the Global South: Dispossession, Development and Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan). She is also the co-author (with Mike Cole) of Constructing Twenty-first Century Socialism in Latin America: The Role of Radical Education, and the co-editor (also with Mike Cole) of Education and Social Change in Latin America (both Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).
Fields of Research
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She is currently involved in a number of research collaborations which explore a number of intersecting processes focusing on gender, knowledge and cosmology in new forms of popular democracy and social transformation in Latin American and Europe:
Profs Sandra Gadelha and Ernandi Mendes at the State University of Ceara, Brazil working with the MST (Rural Landless Movement Movement) under the umbrella project PRONERA in the State University of Ceara, Brazil.
Prof Norma Bermudez at The Escuela Política de Mujeres Pazificas in Cali, Colombia.
Prof Alejandrina Reyes, Centro de Experimentación para el Aprendizaje Permanente, (CEPAP), la Universidad Nacional Experimental Simón Rodríguez, (UNESR), Venezuela
Dr Sarah Amsler and Prof Mike Neary, Social Science Centre, University of Lincoln, UK.
- Critical Political Science and Comparative Politics
- Critical Social Theory
- Latin American Politics and Society
- Politics in the Global South
- Research Methodology
- Social Movements
Grants and Funding
|Number of current supervisions||2|
|Total current UoN PhD EFTSL||0.75|
For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, details are shown in italics, and the institution name is listed below the program name.
|Program||Supervisor Type||Research Title|
|2013||2018||PhD (Politics)||Principal Supervisor||An Analysis of the Failed West Papua De-colonisation Process: National Narrative versus the Rights of a Non-self-governing Territory|
|2010||2015||PhD (Politics)||Co-Supervisor||A Critical Analysis of Iris Marion Young's Contributions to Feminist Discourses of Justice and Equality|
Dr Sara Motta
|Work Phone||(02) 4921 5020|
|Fax||(02) 4921 4101|
|Position||Senior Lecturer in Politics|
Discipline of Politics and IR
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
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