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Dr Margarita Palacios

PhD Sociology (New School for Social Research, New York)
Senior Lecturer

Teaching and research


    My current research focuses on the intersection between aesthetics and the political; the study of affect, materiality, memory and possibilities of witnessing. More specifically, in my  research project  "The Aesthetics of Memory"  I focus on questions regarding the relation between ruins of violence and  the dynamics of  visibility and erasure that are involved in memorialisation efforts.

    I am starting a project on the study of "Populist Aesthetics" that deals with the aporias of representation as well as the affect, politics of space and securitisation that inform current political exclusionary imaginaries in a variety of contexts.

    I also have a long standing interest in critical theory, critical epistemology as well as in broader philosophical questions  such as  the influences of existential phenomenology and hermeneutics in contemporary social theory.


    Politics and Aesthetics; Social and Cultural Theory; Lacanian-Post-Lacanian Feminist Psychoanalytic Theory; Social Philosophy; Post-Coloniality; Studies on Violence and 'otherness'; Critical Epistemologies; Memory and Memorialisation; Cultural Sociology and Social Change; Latin America.



  • Palacios, Margarita (2013) Radical Sociality:  Studies on Violence, Disobedience and Belonging.  Palgrave.
  • Palacios, Margarita (2009) Fantasy and Political violence: The meanings of anti-communism in Chile. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden: Germany
  • Valdés, X., Palacios, M., Castelain-Meunier (2007) Masculine and Feminine in Contemporary Families  LOM , Chile.
  • Martinez, J., Palacios, M. (1996)The Culture of Decency. A Study on the Paradoxical Effects of Social Policies Against Poverty. Ediciones SUR, Chile.

Journal articles and book chapters

    -Palacios, Margarita “The Aesthetics of Memory: Ruins, Visibility and Witnessing” (under review)

    -Palacios, Margarita. "Decolonizing trauma and the ethics of anxious witnessing", in Shared Traumas: Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning, edited by Lene Auestad, Karnac Books, 2017

    -Palacios, Margarita “Death, Gaps and Events: Meaning and Time Interrupted”, in Psychosocial Imaginaries: Temporality and Activism”, edited by Stephen Frosh, Palgrave, 2015.

    - Palacios, Margarita “Distanciamiento, des-identificación y la posibilidad de la crítica“, in Estética, política, dialéctica: el debate contemporáneo (Emiliano Gambarotta, Tomas Borovinsky y Martín Plot, eds) , Editorial Prometeo, Buenos Aires, 2014

    -Palacios, Margarita. “Between Fantasy and Melancholia: Lack, Otherness and Violence”, in Nationalism and the Body Politic, edited by Lene Auestad. London: Karnac Books, 2014

    -Palacios, Margarita. "Hermeneutics and the Art of Disobedience: A Critical Reading of Ricoeur and Derrida", in Disobedience: Concept and Practice, ed. by Elena Loizidou, Routledge, 2013

    -Palacios, Margarita y Posocco, Silvia. “War and the politics of sexual violence”. In The New Sexuality Studies, edited by S. Seidman et al (eds.). London and New York: Routledge, 2011.

    -Palacios, Margarita. “A Psychosocial Interpretation of Political Violence: Chile 1970-1973”. Psychoanalysis,Culture and Society, 16, 3 (2011): 244–260.

    -Palacios, Margarita, y Rodrigo Cordero. “Social Ties, Youth and Normative Transgression: Conceptual and Methodological Issues in the Study of Social Cohesion in Latin America”, Latin American Research Review, 45, 2 (2010).

    -Palacios, Margarita, y Ana Cárdenas. “Empleabilidad juvenil y ambigüedad normativa”, Revista Observatorio de la Juventud(2009): 63-72.

    -Palacios, Margarita, y Ana Cárdenas. “Vínculo social e individualización: reflexiones en torno a las posibilidades del aprender”. Revista Chilena de Sociología (2008):65-85.

    -Palacios, Margarita, y J. Martínez. “Liberalism and Conservatism in Chile: Analysis of Women´s Attitudes and Opinions at the End of the 20th Century”, Journal of Latin American Studies 38 (2006): 1-34. London, Cambridge University Press.

    -Palacios, Margarita. “On Sacredness and Transgression: Understanding Social Antagonism”. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 9, 3 (2004): 284-297(14)

Contact details

Room 503a, 30 Russell Square
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
London  WC1B 5DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 3073 8016