A publication in times of the pandemic/ Publicación en tiempos de la pandemia

It’s been over a year since my last post. I was a research fellow at Tulane University, the Latin American Library. Since then, I have continued my work on Central American asylum seekers focusing on Hondurans trying to obtain asylum mainly in the US. I have continued my work as an expert witness too.

But things have changed radically this year. The Covid -19 pandemic has altered our lives and it is hard to know if we will ever get back to normal. In this exceptional context, academics are expected to carry on with publications, teaching remotely, and other activities as if normal. Writing and publishing during a pandemic do not go together. I don’t have the same levels of concentration during these times of lockdown. I’m already a slow writer, a slow thinker; the lockdown just accentuates it more.

In this context, an article was published. I didn’t write during the pandemic; it’s a piece that I have been working on for two and a half years – three if I count the day I had the idea -as a seed- in my head. The article is from my recent research on gender and planning in Medellin, Colombia. And I tweeted how hard it was to get that research done (rejected many times at the School for Urban and Regional Planning, it found a home elsewhere). I am happy that it is finally out. The article is part of a Dossier on Material Culture and Security, edited by Frank Müller. Receiving the news of its publication during these tough times made me feel really happy. Check it out and if you don’t have access to it, email me.

A SAFER HOUSING AGENDA FOR WOMEN: LOCAL URBAN PLANNING KNOWLEDGE AND WOMEN’S GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS IN MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
DOI:10.1111/1468-2427.12892

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Ha pasado más de un año desde mi último post como becaria de investigación en la Universidad de Tulane en la biblioteca Latinoamericana. He continuado mi trabajo sobre centroamericanos buscando asilo, en particular el caso de hondureños buscando asilo principalmente en Estados Unidos. He seguido también escribiendo informes expertos para cortes de inmigración y testificando.

Pero las cosas han cambiado radicalmente por la pandemia del Covid-19. No sé si podremos regresar a la normalidad después de esto. En este contexto tan excepcional, se espera que los académicos sigan produciendo, escribiendo, dando clases de manera remota como si nada. Escribir y publicar durante una pandemia no van juntos. Lo más importante en estos momentos es el cuidado, el autocuidado. Personalmente, no tengo los mismos niveles de concentración.

En este contexto, salió recientemente un artículo. No lo escribí durante la pandemia, es más como recoger frutos de una idea que nació hace unos tres años. He twiteado lo difícil que fue hacer esta investigación (fue rechazada por la Escuela de Estudios Urbano-Regionales, pero el estudio encontró casa en otro lugar). Me alegra que haya salido, es un logro sin duda. El texto hace parte de un dossier de intervención sobre materialidad y seguridad, editado por Frank Müller. Si no tienen acceso al texto, me mandan un correo y se los envío.

A SAFER HOUSING AGENDA FOR WOMEN: LOCAL URBAN PLANNING KNOWLEDGE AND WOMEN’S GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS IN MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
DOI:10.1111/1468-2427.12892

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