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Valerie Gruber

Junior Fellow

Contact

Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies
University of Bayreuth

95440 Bayreuth


Email: valerie.gruber@uni-bayreuth.de

Current Project

Moral Geographies of (Re-)Existence: A Comparative Analysis of Socio-cultural Projects from Afro-descendant Communities in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) and Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)


Research Interests:

(Inter-)cultural studies, social and moral geographies, urban inequalities and racism, resistance and (re-)existence, self-organizing and social change, social and cultural entrepreneurship, engaged research and reflexive co-creation of knowledge with communities from Latin America and Africa

Research Area:

Brazil and Colombia


Academic Vita

Since February 2020

Junior Fellow, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), Germany.

Since December 2019

Research Associate, Project “Moral Geographies of Re-Existence: Socio-cultural Practices and Visions of a Good Life in Afro-descendant Communities in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) and Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)”, Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

2019

Research Associate, Social and Population Geography, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

2018 – 2019

Research Stay, Sociology of Ethnic and Racial Studies, University of Valle, Colombia.

2018

Research Associate, Pilot Study on Creative Industries in Africa (on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development - BMZ), Institute of African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

2016 – 2018

Research Associate and Lecturer, Social and Population Geography, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

2016

Master of Arts: International Cultural and Business Studies, University of Passau (Germany) and Federal University of Bahia (Brazil).

2013 Bachelor of Arts: International Cultural and Business Studies, University of Passau (Germany) and University of La Laguna (Spain).

Paper Presentations

2019

“Weltkulturerbe, Widerstand und Multiterritorialität: Künstlerische Praktiken marginalisierter Gruppen in Salvador (Brasilien) und Cartagena (Kolumbien)”, DKG – German Congress for Geography “Changes and new beginnings – Geographies of the future”, Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany.

2019

“Crossing the Walls of Cartagena: Resistance and (Re-)Existence through Afro-Colombian Music and Dance”, 6th Biannual Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples’ Conference – ERIP “Bridges and Walls Across the Americas: Dialogues of Survivance, Endurance, and Resistance”, Gonzaga University, Spokane, USA.

2019

“(Un)Masking Afro-Brazilian Carnival Groups: Machtbeziehungen und die Rolle der Frauen in den Blocos Afros in Salvador da Bahia”, Seminar “Neither black nor white? Black Movements in the US and Brazil in the 20th Century”, University of Regensburg, Germany.

2019

“¿De la inclusión urbana a la inclusión social? El caso de la comunidad de Candeal en Salvador de Bahía (Brasil)”, XXXVII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association – LASA “Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion”, Boston/MA, USA.

2019

Rumbo a una geografía emancipatoria”, XVII EGAL – Encounter of Latin American Geographers “Towards Geographies of Integration and Diversity”, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador.

2019

“Emprendimiento social, multiterritorialidad y el potencial de intercambios interculturales”, Informational Event on Opportunities and Scholarships to Study in Germany, University of Valle, Pacific Campus, Buenaventura, Colombia.

2018

"Förderung von Kreativwirtschaft in Afrika durch die deutsche entwicklungspolitische Zusammenarbeit: Präsentation der Ergebnisse”, Final Meeting Regarding the Pilot Study “Creative Industries in Africa”, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Berlin, Germany.

2017

“Emprendimiento social en comunidades socialmente excluidas: Salvador da Bahia (Brasil) y Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) en comparación”, School of Advanced Studies “Ethnic and Racial Dialogues: Africa, America and Europe”, University of Valle, Cali, Colombia.

2017

“A estética da (re)existência: olhares filosóficos sobre o mestre de capoeira”, XIII ENECULT – Meeting of Multidisciplinary Studies in Culture, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador/Bahia, Brazil.

2017

“Desafíos metodológicos entre la investigación de campo y la formulación de la tesis: experiencias de un estudio cualitativo en la comunidad de Candeal en Salvador de Bahía (Brasil)”, Graduate Course in Sociology: Ethnographic Design, University of Valle, Cali, Colombia.

2017

“A construção de identidades afro-brasileiras na comunidade do Candeal em Salvador da Bahia (Brasil)”, International Doctoral School “XVIII Factory of Ideas: Heritage, Inequality and Cultural Politics”, State University of Maranhão, São Luís/Maranhão, Brazil.



Publications

Gruber, Valerie (2019). Relational Geographies of Afro-Brazilian Identities: What Can We Learn from the Candeal Neighborhood in Salvador Da Bahia (Brazil)?. In: Cultural Mobility and Knowledge Formation in the Americas. Volker Depkat & Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (ed./eds.). Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter. 95-119.


Gruber, Valerie (2018). Identidades multiterritorializadas: Una mirada relacional sobre los procesos de construcción identitaria en la comunidad de Candeal en Salvador de Bahía (Brasil). Entorno Geográfico 16. 24-49.


Jesus, Fernando Santos de & Gruber, Valerie (2018). O mestre de capoeira: fortalecendo filosofias e práticas de (re)existência negra perante desigualdades sóciorraciais. Outros Tempos 15 (26). 126-146.


Jesus, Fernando Santos de & Gruber, Valerie (2017). A estética da (re)existência: olhares filosóficos sobre o mestre de capoeira. Anais do XIII ENECULT: Encontro de Estudos Multidisciplinares em Cultura 1.


Woischnik, Jan & Gruber, Valerie (2016). Kommunalwahlen im Zeichen der Krise: Der erste Wahlgang der landesweiten Kommunalwahlen in Brasilien begünstigt politische Außenseiter inmitten einer schweren Vertrauenskrise. Länderberichte der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung 06 October 2016 .


Gruber, Valerie, Rothfuß, Eberhard (2016). Interkulturelle Managementforschung: Reflexive Gedanken über eine unreflektierte Denkschule. Outros Tempos 15 (26). 117-137.


Woischnik, Jan & Gruber, Valerie (2016). Kommunalwahlen im Land der Politikverdrossenheit. Tópicos 55 (4). 16-18.


Woischnik, Jan & Gruber, Valerie (2016). Municipal elections overshadowed by crisis: Amid a severe crisis of confidence the first ballot in Brazil's nationwide municipal elections favours political outsiders. Country Reports of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation 06 October 2016 .


Gruber, Valerie (2014). Nachwachsende Rohstoffe als Treibstoff: Brasilien als Vorbild für die Welt?. e-fellows.net stipendiaten-wissen , München: Grin.