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Dr Sara Motta

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Newcastle Business School (Politics and Policy)

Career Summary

Biography

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/

Research Expertise
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).

Collaborations
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.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Economics and Political Science), University of London
  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)(Honours), University of London
  • Master of Science, University of London

Keywords

  • Cosmologies of Resistance
  • Critical Political Science and Comparative Politics
  • Critical Social Theory
  • Critique of Political Science/Comparative Politics
  • Feminism of the 21st Century
  • Latin American Politics and Society
  • Pedagogies of Resistance and Transformation
  • Politics in the Global South
  • Research Methodology
  • Social Movements
  • Subaltern politics in the Global South and Latin America

Languages

  • Portuguese (Fluent)
  • Spanish (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160805Social Change30
220307Hermeneutic and Critical Theory30
160699Political Science not elsewhere classified40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/07/2015 - Senior Lecturer in PoliticsUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
31/03/2013 - 31/03/2013LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Motta SC, Cole M, Cole M, Constructing 21st Century Socialism in Latin America: The Role of Radical Education, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 259 (2014) [A1]
2013Motta SC, Cole M, Education and Social Change in the Americas, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 308 (2013) [A3]
2013Motta SC, Cole M, Education and Social Change in the Americas, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 308 (2013) [A3]

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Motta SC, 'Introduction: Exploring the Role of Education and the Pedagogical in Pathways to 21st Century Socialism', Education and Social Change in Latin America, Palgrave Macmillan, New York and London 1-16 (2013) [B1]
2013Motta SC, 'On the Pedagogical Turn in Latin America', Education and Social Change in Latin America, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 53-70 (2013) [B1]
2013Motta SC, 'Pedagogies of Possibility In, Against and Beyond the Imperial Patriarchal Subjectivities of Higher Education', Acts of Knowing In, Against and Beyond the Neoliberal University, Bloomsbury Academic, London 85-124 (2013) [B1]

Journal article (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Motta SC, 'Reinventing Revolutionary Subjects in Venezuela', Politics and Culture, 1 1-20 (2014) [C1]
2013Mansell J, Motta SC, 'Re-articulating Dissent: Representing the Working Class from Third Way to New Right in Britain and Chile', POLITICAL STUDIES, 61 748-766 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1467-9248.2012.00992.xAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 1
2013Motta SC, '"We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For" The Feminization of Resistance in Venezuela', LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES, 40 35-54 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1177/0094582X13485706Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1
2013Motta SC, 'Reinventing the lefts in Latin America: Critical perspectives from below', Latin American Perspectives, 40 5-18 (2013) [C1]

Transgressing traditional left conceptualizations of popular political subjectivities and the nature of political and social change, the reinvention of Latin American lefts from below presents a challenge to the dominant androcentric social-cultural matrix of the twentieth-century left, in which organized labor was often viewed as the key agent of popular struggle and the state as the key political tool of social transformation. The development of new concepts and theories is embedded in a commitment to a politics of knowledge that begins from the ground up and builds from the realities of popular politics in community struggles, movement organizing, and everyday life. The urgency of comparative engagement with the reinvention of the lefts from below is not only empirical and political but historiographical and ethical. As many of the contributors to this issue argue, the communities, subjects, and movements that are the lifeblood of this reinvention are commonly spoken over by discourses that misname and misrepresent their struggles.

DOI10.1177/0094582X13489665
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants1
Total funding$15,000

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20151 grants / $15,000

Religion, Marxism and Secularism$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamProfessor Roland Boer, Doctor Euridice Charon-Cardona, Doctor Tom Griffiths, Doctor James Juniper, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Conjoint Professor Marion Maddox, Doctor Sara Motta, Doctor Christina Petterson, Doctor Timothy Stanley
SchemeStrategic Networks Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500896
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Political Rhetoric and Australian Political Culture: A Critical Analysis of Australian Political Oratory
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2014Participation of the People: The Confrontational 'Us and Them' Dynamics in Venezuela
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2014From the Darkness of Shame to the Light of Dignity: The Impact of Transnational Feminist Activism in Creating Collective Memory of Comfort Women in Japan
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2013An Analysis of the Failed West Papua De-colonisation Process: National Narrative versus the Rights of a Non-self-governing Territory
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2010A Critical Analysis of Iris Marion Young's Contributions to Feminist Discourses of Justice and Equality
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
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News

Domestic Workers, Social Security and Gender Politics in India

January 20, 2015

The Newcastle Business School welcomed Professor Rajeshwari Deshpande for a public lecture

Dr Sara Motta

Position

Senior Lecturer in Politics
Discipline of Politics and IR
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Politics and Policy

Contact Details

Emailsara.c.motta@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5020
Fax(02) 4921 4101

Office

RoomSRS243
BuildingSocial Sciences Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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