She has engaged in polemical debates about freedom of expression and discrimination. Indeed, arguing that demeaning and stereotypical representation in the media (television, radio, press, advertising and the internet) is a form of discrimination that the law can address is a daring statement. However, such a statement is rigorously justified from various angles in her latest book. Her research calls for the acknowledgement of the harm in ‘everyday discrimination’ and to imagine new and more effective ways to contest bad speech with more speech.
At the core of her research is the ‘politicisation of culture’. This is, to actively challenge everyday images and messages by putting forward alternative views and definitions, not only amongst like-minded people but, crucially, in mainstream media, through the use and improvement of existing complaint mechanisms and right of reply.
Karla has worked for the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico; taught at the University of Strathclyde, Faculty of Education and at University College London, Faculty of Laws. She also has practical experience working with community groups in projects setting out to promote good relations and provide services that help people, across all protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation) to achieve their rights and challenge discrimination.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Multidimensional Theories of Justice, Consciousness Raising Processes, Politicisation of Culture, Cultural Imperialism.
She is currently expanding her research into the crucial, but problematic role, of the civil society (representing disadvantaged groups) in the 'regulation' of 'discriminatory media content'.