Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro





Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography summary

I am a feminist geographer interested on the intersections of decoloniality, anti-racism, memory and rurality. My work also contributes to methodological debates on arts, visual and participatory methods.

Knowledge areas

  • Gender studies and feminisms
  • Memory and critical heritage studies (peace and conflict, and difficult memories and heritage)
  • Critical rural studies
  • Decoloniality and Southern knowledge
  • Anti-racism
  • Participatory arts methods (visual methods)

Professional activities

• Membership Secretary, Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia.
• Member: Institute of Postcolonial Studies
• Member: International Visual Sociology Association
• Member: The Australian Sociological Association
• Member: Critical Heritage Studies Network


I am currently leading one research project:

• 'Fostering South–South dialogues on difficult heritage between Australia and Latin America' 

This project aims to map and foster translocal relationships of local and diasporic knowledges between Australia and Latin America. Specifically, the project will facilitate dialogues about difficult heritage and memory-making in Southern places and epistemes using participatory arts methods. It is situated in the interdisciplinary fields of Southern theories of decoloniality and critical heritage studies with a focus on post-conflict and post-war memory-making of the Latin American diaspora in Australia and the politics of difficult memories in Latin America.

Other externally funded research projects I am working on include:

• 2019 - 2020 Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship: 'Advancing Peace and Conflict Studies from The Ground: Women’s Oral Testimonies and Historical Memory in Colombia'.

This project is situated in the interdisciplinary fields of historical memory, oral history, and peace and conflict studies. It explores and contributes to the formation of social memory in the aftermath of the Colombian peace accord signature in late 2016 with the largest insurgent group in the country, the FARC-EP. Given the historical and international importance of the Colombian peace process, as it continues to advance, women social leaders are agents in the construction of historical memory. Indeed women have been the main survivors of this war, but their voices and actions continue to be underrepresented and silenced in national and international accounts of the conflict and peace process. Thus, the voices of women activists and social leaders are central to the construction of historical memory. The project aims are to (1) amplify the voices and actions of women activists and social leaders, and highlight these in the historical and international constructions of the Colombian peace process (2) understand the construction of historical memory in Colombia. The project counters women’s underrepresentation, while contributing to understand and construct transnational actions that are building inclusive historical memory from the ground and foster South-South dialogues between Latin America and Australia. 

A publication with some of the findings of this project is published in the International Journal of Heritage Studies here.

'Geography and Collective Memories Through Art Workshop' (supported by the 2020 Geographical Society of New South Wales Symposium Funding). More information on this project can be found here.

Through centring Latin American Southern knowledges of decoloniality, I have also contributed to epistemic debates on doing participatory arts research. Emerging as a critical creative contribution is the four published volumes of the ‘zine’ publication Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment (AKE): A Critical Feminist Arts/Research Zine, an output of a workshop series I convene at universities across Australia with Dr Ash Watson and Samantha Trayhurn.


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Negotiating 'ideal worker' and intensive mothering ideologies: Australian mothers' emotional geographies during their commutes

L Rodriguez Castro, M Brady, K Cook

(2022), Vol. 23, pp. 464-482, Social and Cultural Geography, London, Eng., C1

journal article

An agenda for Australian rural sociology: Troubling the white middle-class farming woman

B Pini, L Rodriguez Castro, R Mayes

(2022), Vol. 58, pp. 253-269, Journal of Sociology, C1

journal article

"We would be dead in the water without our social media!": Women using entrepreneurial bricolage to mitigate drought impacts in rural Australia

S Casey, G Crimmins, L Rodriguez Castro, P Holliday

(2022), Vol. 53, pp. 196-213, Community Development, C1

journal article

Complicating difficult heritage and the politics of institutionalized memory in post-Accord Colombia

L Rodriguez Castro

(2022), pp. 1-18, Museum Management and Curatorship, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The "White middle-class farming woman": Instagram and settler colonialism in contemporary rural Australia

L Rodriguez Castro, B Pini

(2022), Vol. 94, pp. 83-90, Journal of Rural Studies, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, C1

journal article

Extractivismo y despojo territorial en el campo colombiano : un compromiso decolonial con las políticas de lugar de las mujeres campesinas

Laura Rodriguez Castro

(2022), pp. 313-337, Tabula Rasa, Bogota, Colombia, C1

journal article

Decolonial Feminisms, Power and Place : Sentipensando with Rural Women in Colombia

Laura Castro

(2021), Berlin, Germany, A1-1


Getting students to 'do' introductory sociology: Analysis of a blended and flipped interactive workshop model

S Baker, B Buttigieg, Z Cantillon, A Pavlidis, L Rodriguez Castro, A Watson

(2021), Vol. 57, pp. 612-630, Journal of Sociology, C1

journal article

'We are not poor things': territorio cuerpo-tierra and Colombian women's organised struggles

L Rodriguez Castro

(2021), Vol. 22, pp. 339-359, Feminist Theory, C1

journal article

Sisterhood and affective politics: The CaiRollers mobilising change through roller derby in Egypt

L Rodriguez Castro, A Pavlidis, M Kennelly, E Nichols

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 791-810, International Journal of Cultural Studies, C1-1

journal article

Extractivism and Territorial Dispossession in Rural Colombia: A Decolonial Commitment to Campesinas' Politics of Place

L Rodriguez Castro

(2021), Vol. 128, pp. 44-61, Feminist Review, C1

journal article

Rurality, Geography and Feminism: Troubling relationships

Barbara Pini, Robyn Mayes, Laura Rodriguez Castro

(2020), pp. 202-211, Routledge handbook of gender and feminist geographies, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

White Women Smiling? Media Representations of Women at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Adele Pavlidis, Millicent Kennelly, Laura Castro

(2020), Vol. 37, pp. 36-46, SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT JOURNAL, C1

journal article

The politics of memory in post-accord Colombia: interventions from women social leaders and decolonial feminisms

L Rodriguez Castro

(2020), Vol. 27, pp. 669-682, International journal of heritage studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Shame, pain and fame: sportswomen losing in Australia's mainstream media reporting

A Pavlidis, L Castro, M Kennelly

(2020), Vol. 25, pp. 1-16, Sport in Society, C1

journal article

Feeling-Thinking for a Feminist Participatory Visual Ethnography

Laura Rodriguez Castro

(2018), pp. 319-328, Structuring the thesis : matching method, paradigm, theories and findings, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

The Embodied Countryside: Methodological Reflections in Place

L Rodriguez Castro

(2018), Vol. 58, pp. 293-311, Sociologia Ruralis, C1

journal article

The global countryside: peasant women negotiating, recalibrating and resisting rural change in Colombia

L Rodriguez Castro, B Pini, S Baker

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 1547-1559, Gender, place and culture, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

'Homenaje a la Mujer Campesina' Photographic Exhibition

Laura Rodriguez Castro

(2016), Toca and Minca, Colombia, JC2

Non-Traditional Research Output

Funded Projects at Deakin

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