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Alba Montes Sánchez

Alba Montes Sánchez

Postdoc

As a postdoc at the Center for Subjectivity Research I am affiliated with the project The Genomic History of Denmark. My previous recent work has taken place in the framework of the Marie Curie ITN programme TESIS (Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity), and it has focused on understanding the ethical role of shame from a broad philosophical (analytic and phenomenological) perspective. This work led to my PhD dissertation "Self-Consciousness, Caring, Relationality: an Investigation into the Experience of Shame and its Ethical Role" (click here for pdf). To that end I have done research into issues of selfhood, intersubjectivity and sociality, as well as into the phenomenological aspects of ethical sensibilities and behaviour. Now, in the framework of the project on The Genomic History of Denmark, I am addressing issues of personal identity and group membership as well as ethical questions arising in connection with population genetics and its findings about our “deep past.”

The guiding research questions are: (i) What is the relation between personal (self-)identity and social identity (group-membership)?; (ii) What kinds of group-memberships are mediated or determined by biological facts such as genetics?; (iii) Is it possible to integrate genetic findings in a system of group belonging without leaning towards a biological essentialism that leaves the door open to racism and related forms of xenophobia? How can genetic findings be presented so as to avoid that risk?

Primary fields of research

Philosophy of Mind, Phenomenology, Selfhood, Intersubjectivity, Sociality and Group Membership, Narrative Identity, Moral Psychology and Phenomenology, Emotion (especially self-conscious and moral emotions), Ethics and Emotion, Shame

Teaching

At the moment I do not teach any courses, but I am avilable to supervise MA or BA theses on topics related to my research and I welcome expressions of interest in this regard.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Pride, Shame and Group Identification

    Salice, A. & Montes Sanchez, A. 2016 In : Frontiers in Psychology. 7, 557

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Shame and the Internalized Other

    Montes Sanchez, A. 2015 In : Etica e Politica / Ethics and Politics. XVII, 1, p. 181-200 20 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Shame, recognition and love in Shakespeare’s 'King Lear'

    Montes Sanchez, A. 2014 In : Azafea. 16, p. 73-93 21 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Self-Consciousness, Caring, Relationality: An Investigation into the Experience of Shame and its Ethical Role

    Montes Sanchez, A. 18 Sep 2014 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. 176 p.

    Publication: ResearchPh.D. thesis

Selected activities

  1. CFS Workshop: Genomics, History and Identities

    Montes Sánchez, A. (Organizer)
    21 Jan 201622 Jan 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

  2. The Fourth Conference of the European Network on Social Ontology (ENSO IV)

    Montes Sánchez, A. (Speaker)
    24 Sep 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. 2nd Annual Conference of the European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions

    Montes Sánchez, A. (Speaker)
    17 Jul 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  4. Conference of the International Society for Research on Emotion

    Montes Sánchez, A. (Speaker)
    8 Jul 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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