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Paz Saavedra

Thesis topic: Intergenerational change and social memory: how the biological factors of birth, death and a limited life span, trigger the dynamics of social time.

Supervisor: Dr Emma Uprichard

My research explores the problem of generational change as an interface where the biological and the social are constantly clashing. Moreover, a place where social memory is being constantly readjusted to cope with these processes. There are two points in particular that I would like to explore further with my thesis. In first place, the role of the biological factors in the construction of social memory and how to go beyond a social constructivist framework; and secondly, how time (in the form of social memory), or more precisely, the different uses of time, intertwine the different biological and social processes involved in the generational dynamics.

Background

I am a sociologist with a specialization in political science. I also did a masters (Warwick) in Childhood Studies, where I explored the relation between childhood, technology and social learning.

Research interest

My research interests: time, social memory, embodiment, pregnancy and motherhood, feminism, biosocial interfaces, childhood, social systems, complexity.

Recent grants:

  • 2014-2015: Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (Senescyt), Ecuador: Scholarship for international postgraduate studies.
  • 2016-2020: Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (Senescyt), Ecuador: Scholarship extensión for PhD Studies.

Paz

Contact

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 7AL

Email: M.P.Saavedra@warwick.ac.uk