Dr Lara Montesinos Coleman – Keynote Speaker

Lara Montesinos Coleman is Lecturer in International Security at the University of Sussex and currently holds an Independent Social Research Foundation Early Career Fellowship.  Her research, which lies at the intersections between IR, anthropology and political philosophy, revolves around four main themes: dissent and resistance, the politics of knowledge, feminist theory, and the political sociology of development and violence.

Lara has almost two decades of experience of human rights work in Latin America.  She has lived in Colombia, where she worked as an ‘international accompanier’ (unarmed bodyguard) and coordinated a human rights protection programme with a network of ‘grassroots’ social organisations.  She has a BA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford and received her PhD from the University of Bristol in 2011, before going on to lecture at Durham University.

Lara is author of several academic articles, co-editor of Situating Global Resistance: Between Discipline and Dissent (Routledge, 2012) and co-author of Por Dentro E’Soga, a Spanish language book that was produced as part of a research project with an NGO set up by Colombian peasant leaders who had been forcibly displaced from the area around BP’s oilfields, with the aim of preserving historical memory of impact of BP’s activities.  An exhibition of her photography, Sembrando Desarriago-Sowing Displacement, has been exhibited at venues across the UK.

Lara’s forthcoming book, Dissenting Dispossession, draws on ethnographic engagement with peasant and worker struggles against multinational corporations in Colombia to make a broader statement about humanism, neoliberalism, law and the politics of dissent.