Speaker: Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro

Laura Rodriguez Castro, PhD, is a resident adjunct research fellow at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University and former postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses in the intersections of decoloniality, feminisms and rurality. Her doctoral research involved a participatory visual project with rural women in Colombia in the context of neoliberal globalisation. Recent publications include a journal article entitled ‘The Embodied Countryside: Methodological Reflections in Place’ in Sociologia Ruralis, and a book chapter with Springer entitled 'Feeling-Thinking for a Feminist Participatory Visual Ethnography'. She is also co-author of a chapter about rural women’s geographies in the Routledge Handbook of Feminist Geographies (forthcoming 2019).


Embedded in Latin American (Abya Yala) ancestral knowledge, sentipensar (feeling-thinking) has developed as way of feeling and knowing the world. From the experiences of Colombian fishermen (Escobar 2014; Fals Borda 2015) to the ancestral living of the Mayan Tzeltal in the Chiapas highlands of Mexico (Méndez Torres et al. 2013), feeling and thinking processes are experienced as interconnected and fundamental to living in harmony with mother earth (Pachamama). As a Colombian mestiza ‘doing research’ in the land of Abya Yala, I present my own journey into embodying and understanding feeling-thinking and its entanglement with the research process. Drawing from my PhD participatory visual project grounded in decolonial feminist epistemologies with campesina women in rural Colombia in 2016, I argue that feeling-thinking addresses epistemic questions of the praxis of decolonial projects, including how we ‘embody research’ and how we unlearn in order to feeling-know other worlds.

About Latin American Studies Seminar Series

The aim of the Latin American Studies Seminar series at UQ is to create a space for independent researchers, post-graduate students and academic staff conducting research on Latin America in the humanities and social sciences in order to share the outcomes of their research.

If you are interested in presenting in our series, please contact either Dr Roberto Esposto or Dr Sol Rojas-Lizana.

Seminars are held regularly and are free to attend. UQ staff and students, staff and students from other universities, and members of the general public are welcome to attend. If you would like to be included on our mailing list, please contact the SLC Events team via email.

We look forward to seeing you at our first seminar of the semester!


Chamberlain Building #35, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus