On Friday May 16, 2017, Angelina Paredes, who conducted a research internship between June 2015 and 2016 at UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Center for Environmental Philosophy (CEP), and the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation and obtained her Ph.D. in philosophy by unanimous decision at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo the Institute of Philosophical Research "Luis Villoro," Morelia, Mexico.
Angelina spent a semester as a visiting scholar at CEP-UNT in Denton, and a semester at the UNT-Chile Field Station and the Omora Ethnobotanical Park in Puerto Williams, and at other sites and institutions in Chile. Her thesis entitled "Exotic Latin America: Eco-Aesthetic Hermeneutics of its Nature and Body" combined empirical work and analysis of texts, in a context of application to biocultural conservation. Her work was supported by a CONACYT-Mexico fellowship for PhD studies during 2013-2017, as well as by the Universidad de Magallanes and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) in Chile.
Ricardo Rozzi, professor at UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion, was her international advisor working with Angelina from 2013 to 2017. Her committee and reviewers also included leading Latin American thinkers Francesca Gargallo and Georgina Tapia, phenomenologists Emmanuel Pantera and Alfonso Villa, and her major advisor Mario Teodoro Ramírez.
Her dissertation revises epistemological, aesthetic, and ethical alternatives to the exoticism of Latin American landscapes and bodies as seen by the "imperial eye." Latin American artistic, literary, and political concepts and offer an alternative, post-exotic, eco-epistemology and aesthetic hermeneutic to the curse that resulted from the colonial expansion of Europe and the new postmodern biocultural homogenization or biocultural exoticization imposed by Western globalization.
Congratulations to Dr. Paredes who will continue interacting with UNT professors Rozzi and Irene Klaver, and with CEP's Director Eugene Hargrove.