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Thursday August 10. 17 hours.


Modera: José Luis Escalona Victoria (CIESAS)

The colloquium revolves around the situation of Anthropology in the contemporary world, in Mexico, Spain, Iberoamerica and the rest of the world. We will talk about its historical and present situation, as a group of disciplines and as a node of diverse academic and political concerns. We will discuss its location in the present, facing the various challenges posed by the current situation. We will also review the more ubiquitous presence of Anthropology in today's everyday life and what it can still contribute to people. We will also ask ourselves about the prevailing forms of production of anthropological knowledge and the routes for its decentralization and its wider dissemination in society. All this will be discussed from the experience of each of the participants.



Anthropologist and Semiologist. Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences - UNAM and at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Specialist in Anthropology of consumption with more than 20 years of experience, she has developed anthropological tools for market research and project development for companies in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay. In Latin America he has worked with brands and companies such as Kimberly Clark, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Roche, Bayer, Molinos, Danone, Nestlé, SCJ, Johnson & Johnson, L'Oreal, Pepsico, Sony Ericsson, among others. He has generated anthropological research tools and coaching in companies such as: Ipsos; Ogilvy Latam; Millward Brown; BMC, GFK, Provokers, among others.

She has also published several works on anthropology of the body, transmedia consumption, intangible heritage and Mexican wrestling. Construction of the concept of Mexican wrestling as a creative industry in times of transmedia. A processual journey. For UNAM; and From the person to the character in Mexican Wrestling. Archaeology of the corporal staging of the wrestler for the University of Medellín.










He began doing fieldwork in Mexico thirty years ago, especially in the Port of Veracruz, and also in Spain and Bolivia. He teaches and researches at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), interested in ethnography and violence research. His publications deal with the anthropology of the body and emotions, violence, and new spiritual imaginaries -such as La Santa Muerte-. Co-director of the Group of Ethnography and Applied Social Studies (GEESA), Director of the journal AIBR (2017-2021). Distinguished with the Cátedra "Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán" (CIESAS-Universidad Veracruzana) in 2012. Portales de múcara (2004) is his main work.















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PhD in Anthropology. Professor-Researcher in the Department of Anthropology at UAM Iztapalapa. His research interests are culture and politics; participation and citizenship; electoral processes; democracy and culture; social and political movements. Director of the international journal Alteridades published by the Department of Anthropology at UAM-Iztapalapa. Author of ten scientific books and two dissemination books, and coordinator of thirteen more. He has also published more than a hundred articles and book chapters on politics, citizenship, and democracy, among other topics; presented more than a hundred papers in national and international academic spaces and has been a lecturer in half a hundred places. Research Award 2015 and Teaching Award 2012, both by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and "Dr. Salvador Nava" award from the Mexican Society of Electoral Studies (SOMEE) for the best doctoral thesis in political-cultural studies. His essays and articles have been awarded in various competitions. Member of several associations such as the International Sociological Association, the Mexican Society of Electoral Studies, and the Mexican Academy of Science.












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She is Professor-Researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) from 2001 to date. PhD. in Sociocultural Anthropology from The Johns Hopkins University, USA, M.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology from The Johns Hopkins University, USA, B.A. in Social Anthropology from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico and a pilot Diploma in Geographic Information Systems from the GEO Center, Mexico. Academic Specialties: Anthropology of Labor, Peasantry and Rural Societies, Gender and Violence, Anthropology of Intercultural Education. Regional Specialties: Southeast Asia, with emphasis on the Philippines and Latin America, with emphasis on Mexico. She was Director of the Mexico City Unit of CIESAS, 2016 to 2019, Deputy Director of Teaching at the Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology, Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana, President of the College of Ethnologists and Social Anthropologists, AC.

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JLEscalona 2022

Researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), Southeast Unit (Chiapas, Mexico). PhD in Anthropology from the University of Manchester, England. Author of the books Politics in contemporary rural Chiapas. An ethnographic approach to power (Mexico, UNAM, CIESAS, UIA, COLMEX, UAM-I CEA, 2009), and Etúcuaro, the reconstruction of the community. Social field, cultural production and State (Mexico, El Colegio de Michoacán, 1998). His research in Michoacán and Chiapas are linked by the development of a perspective he calls anthropology of power.





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