Luis Escobedo

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Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of the Free State's (UFS) Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice (IRSJ), in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Research focused primarily on the application of discourse theory, postcolonial and feminist approaches, and race theory in the study of racism in discourse, particularly in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and South America.

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Dr Luis Escobedo


Nationality                                     Peruvian (work/residence permit for Peru, Romania, and South Africa)


Main Qualifications


University of Warsaw (UW), Poland

PhD in Literary Studies, Humanities, Faculty of Modern Languages, 2009-2014

Passed without corrections, June 2015

Thesis topic: Racism in Historiography and Literary Discourse during the Process of Establishment of the Peruvian Nation-State

Specialization: Studies of nationalism and ethnicity, race and racism studies


University of Bradford, UK/Poland

Master of Arts (MA) with Merit in International Business Management, 2007-2008

Degree conferred, April 2009

Specialization: Communications, Marketing, Strategic Management


Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Integrated Social Sciences (ISS), 2001-2004

Specialization: Mass Communications, Political Sciences, International Affairs, Sociology, and Economics.


Other Qualifications


Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

Certificate from the Nationalism, Religion & Violence Summer Seminar, Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, & International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki, Greece, 2016

Specialization: Studies of Nationalism, Religion and Violence


Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Mexico

Continuing Professional Development Certificates, 2015-2016

Specialization: Transversal Citizenship, Program for Developing Teaching Skills and Techniques: Collaborative Learning, and Competency-based Learning


National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Certificate in Discourse and Visual Analysis, IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods, International Political Science Association (IPSA) & National University of Singapore’s Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, 2014

Specialization: Discourse and Visual Analysis


Falmouth High School, MA, U.S.A.

U.S. High School Diploma (A-level equivalent), 1999-2000

American Field Service Exchange Program (AFS)


Fleming College, Peru

Peruvian High School Diploma, 1994-1998

Merits: President of the Student Body 1998


Research Interests


Theoretical             Critical discourse analysis, critical race theory, and post-colonial and feminist approaches  

Issue Areas            Racism, discourse

Geographic            Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and South America

Pedagogical            Program, course and syllabus design for Political Science, Humanities, and IR; including source texts, stimulus materials, learning activities, clubs and organizations, and public engagement


Research and Teaching Posts


University of the Free State (UFS), Bloemfontein, South Africa

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice (IRSJ), March 2017–present

Conducting research on how powerful media, state, and civil society agents, in and through the articulation of language and meaning, construct a racial, or racist structure in postcolonial, post-apartheid, or post-communist contexts.

Universidad Nacional de Trujillo’s (UNT) Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Trujillo, Peru. Short-term inter-institutional/collaborative research fellowship, June-July 2018.


Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Queretaro, Mexico

Visiting Lecturer and Researcher, Department of International Relations and Humanities, January 2015–December 2016

Lectured in Visual Culture in the Racial State (proposed course combining media studies, visual and critical discourse analysis, and critical race theory), International Perspective, Geopolitics, Sociology, and Latin American and African Studies.


University of Warsaw (UW), Warsaw, Poland

Guest Lecturer, Faculty of Modern Languages, and Institute of Applied Linguistics (ILS), March 2010–April 2014

Provided teaching support to Dr Prof Hab Smolana, Dr Prof Hab Nalewajko, and Prof Gilewska.


Research Publications


Escobedo, Luis. 2016. “Whiteness in Political Rhetoric: A Discourse Analysis of Peruvian Racial-Nationalist ‘Othering’.” Studia z Geografii Politycznej i Historycznej 5: 257-272.


Bar-On, Tamir, and Luis Escobedo. 2016. “FIFA seen from a postcolonial perspective.” Soccer & Society.


Escobedo, Luis. 2015. “Peru’s Racial Preoccupations.” Global Brief, Fall 2015.


Escobedo, Luis. 2015. “El Racismo en los Discursos Historiográficos y Literarios en el Proceso de Formación del Estado Nacional Peruano.” Repozytorium UW. Warsaw: University of Warsaw.


Escobedo, Luis. 2015. “2005-2010: los efectos acumulados de los huracanes y la reubicación de poblaciones en Chiapas (México)” and “2014: pérdidas de cultivos en Austria a causa de lluvias torrenciales y transferencia de riesgo.” In La memoria es también porvenir. Historia mundial de los desastres, edited by Pedro Ferradas, 362-3, and 407. Lima: Soluciones Prácticas.


Escobedo, Luis. 2014. “Nacionalismo, Racismo y Rastros de Diversidad.” Alerta Contra el Racismo, Ministry of Culture of Peru.


Escobedo, Luis. 2013. “Colonial Heritage in Multi-ethnic Societies: Undercover Racism in Twenty-first-Century Peru.” Studia z Geografii Politycznej i Historycznej 2: 109-137.


Research In Progress


Escobedo, Luis. 2022. Our Daily Apartheid: The enjoyment of mastering whiteness and licensing racism. (Book; expected publication: June 2022)


Escobedo, Luis. 2021. Visas: The Last Refuge of Racial State Tyranny. (Book; expected submission: June 2021)


Escobedo, Luis. 2020. A Critical Race Theory Perspective Into Peruvian Football. (Book; expected submission: June 2020)


IRSJ Postdoctoral Research Fellows Team. 2019. Shared Complicities, Collective Futures. (Edited volume; expected submission: June 2019)


Escobedo, Luis. 2018. “Racist Discourse and the Denial of Racism in South American Football Journalism.” Journal of Latin American Studies or Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (Journal article; Expected submission: February 2019)


Escobedo, Luis. 2018. “Racist Discourse in ‘Football Lovers’ Vernacular’.” Journal of Latin American Studies or Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (Journal article; expected submission: December 2018)


Escobedo, Luis. 2018. “FIFA’s Discourse.” Social Semiotics or Discourse & Society (Journal article; re-submission: October 2018)


Escobedo, Luis. 2018. On Migration in Bloemfontein, South Africa (ethnographic research based on interviews; title to be determined). In Migration in Bloemfontein, edited by Jonatan Kurzwally et al. (Book chapter; first submission: August 2018)


Escobedo, Luis, and Maria-Luiza Lucescu. 2018. “The Intellectual and Diversity: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics in Post-Communist Romania.” In Diversity in Higher Education, edited by Andre Keet. (Book chapter; re-submission: May 2018)


Escobedo, Luis. 2017. “Africa and the Democratic Struggle in the FIFA Political Space.” In African Sports History, edited by Gerard A. Akindes, Todd Cleveland, and Tarminder Kaur. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. (Book chapter; re-submission: May 2018)


Research Presentations, Panels and Roundtables


Racist Discourse in “Football Lovers’ Vernacular,” International Political Science Association (IPSA/AISP) 25th World Congress of Political Science, IPSA, 21-25 July 2018, Brisbane, Australia. (Forthcoming)


IRSJ Critical Conversations. Conducting seminar series for the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice (IRSJ), UFS, 12 April 2018 – present, Bloemfontein, South Africa.


Africa and the Democratic Struggle in the FIFA Political Space, 12th Sports Africa Conference. Pan-African Sports Studies: Beyond Physical Education. University of Zambia and IRSJ. 26 to 28 March 2018, Lusaka, Zambia.


How Racial and Racist Objects Speak, TEDxUFS Conference, TEDx Community of Bloemfontein, UFS Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières, and UFS, 19 May 2017, Bloemfontein, South Africa.


A Critique of FIFA’s Ideology, Sporting Subalternities and Social Justice, Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice (IRSJ). University of the Free State (UFS), 10–12 April 2017, Bloemfontein, South Africa.


Social Innovators as Meaning-Makers, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, 21 November 2016, Queretaro, Mexico, and Cape Town, South Africa.


Building Sexual and Racial Antagonisms through Advertisements in Mexico, Nantli, 16 April 2016, Queretaro, Mexico.


Women and the street seen through a poststructuralist lens, “Mujeres en las Calles” Roundtable for the 2016 International Women’s Day, Mujeres en las Calles: Espacios Seguros para Todas 2016 Festival, Office of Civic Participation of the Queretaro City Hall and student group Gender Watch – Society for the Study of Gender, 8 March 2016, Queretaro, Mexico.


Objective and Systemic Violence, Prepa TEC Celaya Model United Nations (MUN), MUN, 25 November 2015, Celaya, Mexico.


FIFA seen through a postcolonial (and geopolitical) prism (with Tamir Bar-On), XXIX AMEI Annual Conference. Cultura, Governanza y Globalización: La Crisis de las Instituciones en un Mundo Complejo. Asociación Mexicana de Estudios Internacionales (AMEI), 15-17 October 2015, Cancun, Mexico.


Semiotics of Exclusion, 3rd Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods. International Political Science Association/National University of Singapore (IPSA-NUS), 7 July 2014, Singapore.


Ethnicity as an Entropy-Resistant Trait, 24th Annual ASEN Conference – Nationalism and Belonging. Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), London School of Economics (LSE), 1–3 April 2014, London, UK. 


The Pursuit of National Identity in Ethnically, Geographically and Culturally Diverse Postcolonial Societies, IV EUGEO Congress: Europe, What’s Next? Changing Geographies and Geographies of Change. Association of European Geographical Societies (EUGEO), La Sapienza, University of Rome, 5–7 September, 2013, Rome, Italy.


Ethnic Conflict and National Memory in Postcolonial Societies, ESA 11th Conference: Crisis, Critique and Change. European Sociological Association (ESA), University of Turin, 28–31 August 2013, Turin, Italy.


Mapping in Social Relations among Peruvians, European Masters in Conference Interpreting – EMCI Programme, Institute of Applied Linguistic (ILS), University of Warsaw, March 2013, Warsaw, Poland.


The Independence of Peru as a Historical Trauma, ‘19th- and 20th-Century Latin American History’ Seminar, Institute of Iberian and Iberian American Studies, University of Warsaw, December 2012, Warsaw, Poland.


Mapping in Social Relations among Peruvians, National Young Researchers Symposium: Indigenous Woman at the Threshold of the 21st Century. Institute of Iberian and Iberian American Studies, University of Warsaw, 21 November 2012, Warsaw, Poland.


First Impressions of Racism in Peru, ‘Habla con Ellos’ Conference Series, Puente Association, 29 March 2012, Warsaw, Poland.


Geographic and Ethnic Diversity on the Peruvian Pacific Coast, ‘Habla con Ellos’ Conference Series, Puente Association, 28 July 2011; and Spring Conference Series, ‘Sin Fronteras’ Spanish Language Institute, 19 March 2011, Warsaw, Poland.


Cultural Diversity and Racism in Peruvian Society, European Masters in Conference Interpreting – EMCI Programme, Institute of Applied Linguistic (ILS), University of Warsaw, Spring 2010, Warsaw, Poland.


The Colours of Peru, Spring Conference Series, ‘Salamanca’ Spanish Language Academy, March 2009, Szczecin, Poland.


Workshops and Seminars – Organized and Conducted


Violence, Truth and Reconciliation in Peru, Co-conducted seminar/training with Dr Komlan Agbedahin, UFS IRSJ, on human value, reconciliation, and transformation for the UFS Global Leadership Summit 2018 (GLS), 24 April 2018, Bloemfontein, South Africa.


Critical Tools for Social Change: Could impact evaluation and discourse analysis come together to address the most pressing global issues? Conducted seminar with Ricardo Morel, Country Director (Myanmar) at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Community Development Resource Association (CDRA), 24 August 2017, Cape Town, South Africa.


A Critique of FIFA’s Ideology: Exposing What Football Is Not, Postdoctoral Seminar Series, UFS Faculty of Education, 23 June 2017, Bloemfontein, South Africa.


Democratic Capabilities Research Workshop, conducted seminar/discussion on decolonization with Carmen Martínez and Marthinus Conradie (UFS), UFS, 3 June 2017, Bloemfontein, South Africa.


Ideological and Institutional Transition in Eastern Europe, organized seminar with Andrzej Rychard (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland), ITESM, 24 October 2016, Queretaro, Mexico.


Racial and Racist Structures, organized (main coordinator) and co-conducted workshop with Laurie Gaum (Centre of Christian Spirituality, South Africa), Anne-Marie Livingstone (Johns Hopkins University, USA), and Tarik Zeraoui (Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City), Semana i, ITESM, 26–30 September 2016, Queretaro, Mexico.


Systemic Violence and Migration, conducted seminar, Semana Cultural 2016, Plantel Jerecuaro, CECyTE Guanajuato, 24 August 2016, Jerecuaro, Mexico.  


Building Racial Antagonisms: State, Media & Society, conducted workshop, Social Change Practice Seminars, Community Development Resource Association (CDRA), 14 July 2016, Cape Town, South Africa.


Political Science and IR Workshops and Seminars, organized and co-conducted workshops and seminars with professors Tamir Bar-On, Robert Harmsen, Jan Rehak, Joel Bravo, and Mark Worthy on the modern state, genocide, social entrepreneurship as an ideology, racial structures, and cultural differences, respectively, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, ITESM, January 2015–June 2016, Queretaro, Mexico.


Tourism as an Ideology, organized seminar with Meera Sabaratnam (University of London, UK), ITESM, 12 April 2016, Queretaro, Mexico.


Turkish Nationalism, organized seminar with Rabia Polat (Işik University, Turkey), ITESM, 23 February 2016, Queretaro, Mexico.


Post-structuralism and Discourse Analysis, conducted seminar series. Tópico Prepa, Department of International Relations and Humanities, ITESM, 2015-2016, Queretaro, Mexico.


AIRE – The Association for Integration, Respect and Equality Seminars, organized and conducted seminar series for the LGBTIQ student group AIRE, ITESM, 2015–2016, Queretaro, Mexico.


Discourse Analysis, Feminist Theory and IR, organized workshop with Terrell Carver (University of Bristol, UK), ITESM, 7-9 December 2015, Queretaro, Mexico.


Post-colonialism, Gender and Literature, organized workshop with Gopika Jadeja (National University of Singapore, Singapore), ITESM, 16-22 October 2015, Queretaro, Mexico.


Proyecto43, organized and co-conducted workshops and seminars on violence and human rights, ITESM, 25 September–2 October 2015, Queretaro, Mexico.


Post-structuralism and Discourse Analysis, organized and conducted workshop, Semana i, ITESM, 21-23 September 2015, Queretaro, Mexico.


Feminism and IR, organized seminars with Anne Sisson Runyan (University of Cincinnati, USA), ITESM, 16-19 March 2015, Queretaro, Mexico.


The Aboriginal Question in Canada, organized seminars with Irvin Studin (University of Toronto, Canada), ITESM, 23-26 February 2015, Queretaro, Mexico.


Anti-racism and Respect for Diversity Workshops, organized (main coordinator, founder) and co-conducted workshops, Fuerza Perú and Peru4D, June 2010–January 2013, Warsaw, Poland.


Race and Racism Seminars, conducted seminars for Puente Association, Cervantes Institute in Warsaw, Sin Fronteras Spanish Language Institute, and Salamanca Spanish Language Academy, March 2009–March 2012, Szczecin and Warsaw, Poland.


Peer Reviews Provided for



EDUCATION AS CHANGE (Taylor & Francis)


FENNIA – International Journal of Geography (Geographical Society of Finland)

ITINERARIOS – Journal of linguistic, literary, historical, and anthropological studies (University of Warsaw)

RETOS – International Relations Journal (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education)


Membership in Organizations and Commissions





AFRO-PERUVIAN COMMISSION (Ministry of Education of Peru), Peru, 2014




Editorial Roles


LA YAPA (Your journal of Peruvian food, art, music and culture), collaborator, April 2018

LIVING IN PERU, collaborator, April 2017–April 2018

KONTYNENT WARSZAWA, columnist, June 2010–June 2013

NOWY TEATR, translator, Solidarnosc Camp (2011)

EMBASSY OF ECUADOR IN WARSAW, translator, Ostatnie Dzieci Bolera (Pérez Torres 2011)

FRYDERYK CHOPIN INSTITUTE, translator, La Polonia de Chopin (Albán-Juárez and Slawinska-Dahlig 2011)


Other Professional Activities


ADVISOR (ITESM, Queretaro, Mexico)

Student organization RestructuraTEC, a discussion group focused on issues around decolonization, 2016
LGBTIQ student group AIRE – Association for Integration, Respect and Equality, 2015–2016
Student group TEC Rugby Club, 2015–2016
Prepa TEC Model United Nations team, Harvard MUN 2016, 2015-2016



Student group TEC Rugby Club, ITESM, Queretaro, Mexico, 2015–2016
Human rights project Proyecto43, ITESM, Queretaro, Mexico, 2015
Non-profit organization Fuerza Perú (, and joint project Peru4D (, Warsaw, Poland, 2010–2013



Participant, “Decolonizing Knowledge” Seminars, Social Science Program, UFS, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2017–present
Spanish language teacher, Warsaw, Poland, October 2010–April 2014
Intern, Department of Public Participation, NGO MINKA, Trujillo, Peru, June-August 2003
Intern, Department of Student Affairs, AmeriSpan, Antigua, Guatemala, June 2003


Relevant Media Appearances and Collaboration with the Media


RADIO ROMANIA INTERNATIONAL, 7 & 14 August 2018, Bucharest, Romania 

HUMORAMA, 31 October 2016, Queretaro, Mexico

POLSKIE RADIO CZWÓRKA, 3 February 2013, Warsaw, Poland

EFE, 25 November 2011, Warsaw, Poland

TVN WARSZAWA, 25 November 2011, Warsaw, Poland

ONET.PL, July 2011, Cracow/Warsaw, Poland

GAZETA WYBORCZA, 30 July 2010, Warsaw, Poland

WPROST, 30 July 2010, Warsaw, Poland


Academic Awards and External Funding


Financial Aid, IPSA-NUS Methods School, International Political Science Association (IPSA), and SAGE Publications, 2014, Singapore
PhD scholarship, Institute of Iberian and Iberian American Studies, University of Warsaw (UW), 2009–2014, Poland
Honours, Zespól Szkól Gastronomicznych (ZSG Poznanska), 2011, Poland
Grant to organization Fuerza Perú, European Union (EU), and Fundacja Inna Przestrzeń, 2010, Poland
Master of Arts (MA) with Merit, University of Bradford (UK), and Kozminski University, 2009, Poland
Krupp X-treme Man Award, Krupp College Office, Jacobs University Bremen, 2004, Germany
Financial Aid, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2004, Germany
IUB Internship Stipend Fund, Jacobs University Bremen, 2003, Germany
Alfried Krupp College Commitment Award, Krupp College Office, Jacobs University Bremen, 2002, Germany
Undergraduate scholarship, Artur Schnitger, 2001–2004, Germany


Working Languages


Spanish (native), English (fluent), German, Polish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian (all advanced speaking and listening, reasonably good reading and writing).


Hobbies and Other Interests


Traveling, reading, football, cooking

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