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Rafael Hernández Westpfahl

Rafael Hernández Westpfahl is a doctoral student at the HCIAS and a member of the HCIAS Doctoral Research Group “Communication and Society in Ibero-America”. He is a scholarship holder of the Landesgraduiertenförderungsprogramm of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Rafael studied sociology and anthropology in Frankfurt am Main. During two stays in Mexico (Chiapas and Chihuahua) he worked in the field of human rights and gained insights into the socio-political structures of the country. He completed his master's degree in Freiburg in political science with a focus on (forced) displacement, postcolonial studies, poststructuralism, civil society organizations, social movements, and discourse analysis.

Rafael's doctoral project at the HCIAS focuses from a discourse analysis perspective on legitimation strategies of involved actors in large-scale energy projects implemented in Mexico in the wake of the global energy transition towards renewable energies. Within this context, he is also investigating in which ways new migration patterns are emerging. Rafael’s thesis is supervised by HCIAS Jun.-Prof. Dr. Rosa Lehmann.

Rafael Hernández Westpfahl

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Rafael Hernández Westpfahl

Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies - HCIAS
Brunnengasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg
Email: rafael.hernandez_westpfahl(at)uni-heidelberg.de