Camila Acosta Varela is a doctoral research fellow in the graduate school for Global Intellectual History at Freie Universität (FU) and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (HU). She holds a master’s degree in Global History from FU and HU, as well as a bachelor’s degree in History and International Development Studies from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Camila’s research looks at networks of South-South solidarity between members of Latin American Lefts and of African liberation organizations during the 1970s and 1980s, in the context of the global Cold War. Her project focuses on Uruguayan political activists who, exiled during the country’s military dictatorship, travelled to Angola alongside Cuban workers to support the Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA) with national reconstruction shortly after independence. The project
examines the personal and geographic trajectories that allowed these actors’ political struggles to meet in the 1970s-1980s, as well as the social and intellectual networks that were fostered by their joint work. Her research also reflects on the interplay between anti-imperial and anticolonial political thought as it converged through these actors, keeping in mind the varying geographies of Cold War political and economic interests often reflected through ‘international aid’ politics and policies.