María Cardenas

María Cárdenas holds a M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany and is currently a Ph.D. student in Sociology and a graduate fellow at the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Giessen, Germany. In her doctoral project, she is exploring together with Colombian ethnic(ised) activists the relationship between political activism, identity construction and articulation, and its potential for renegotiating the social order in the context of the current transition period in Colombia. Using a decolonial and participatory approach as methodology, she sees the political activists as experts of their field and works closely together with them in the empirical and analytical knowledge production process.

Her research interests include various topics from post-/decolonial thought, political science, sociology and social psychology, including social movements, political participation/articulation and resistance against coloniality, and identity politics.

Recent Publications:

Cárdenas, M. (2018): »Kultur der Gewalt« in Kolumbien? Zum Mehrwert der Integration von post-/dekolonialen Perspektiven in sozialpsychologisches Arbeiten bei der Analyse von Konflikt und Gewalt am Beispiel einer Online-Studie mit jungen Erwachsenen in Bogotá. In Dittmer, Cordula (2018): Dekoloniale und Postkoloniale Perspektiven in der Friedens- und Konfliktforschung. Verortungen in einem ambivalenten Diskursraum. ZeFKo Sonderband 2, Nomos Verlag, p. 222-260. Peer-reviewed.

Cárdenas, M. (2018, estimated): Aspectos psicosociales y poscoloniales para una paz positiva y sostenible. Conference volume of „Justicia Transicional“ of Katholischer Akademischer Ausländerdienst (KAAD) at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia. Peer-reviewed.