Issue 19

Of failure and frustration in field work —how to assume the ethics of representation in participatory research

Abstract: Collaborative research is back on the agenda these days. It has certainly become more accepted in mainstream academia than back in the 1970s, when Orlando Fals Borda and others developed what came to be known as Participatory Action-Research (PAR). Research councils are increasingly interested in funding collaborative research proposals, seemingly willing to listen to […]

An analysis of Geographic Information Systems (SIG) methodology in war mapping in Colombia

Abstract: This paper presents the methodology used to prepare an Atlas on armed conflict in Antioquia. Particularly, we focused on the analysis of quantitative map construction through Geographic Information Systems. This paper remarks that even though there is an emerging academic debate around the nature of databases on armed conflict, discussion on mapping methodologies usefulness, […]

Mediatic memory and identity construction

Abstract: This paper presents a theoretical framework for the study of relations between mass media and memory from a psycho-social and a communicative perspective. As it is well known, mediatic narratives play a fundamental role in the construction of shared memory. But, can media build a memory beyond subjects or collectives themselves? Our main pressuposition […]

Use of aesthetic modelants, as a body shaping process among transgender women

Abstract: Most research in Colombia regarding trans population health issues is related to sexually transmitted diseases. However, regarding body transformation has been scarcely studied despite its importance for the population. Therefore, this document describes the process of body formation from aesthetic modelants among some transgender women working in prostitution in Los Mártires neighborhood. Driven by social […]

Political wordings under pressure —Indigenous ethnic mobilization and impolitics in Argentine

Abstract: This paper groups together several reflections and analytical perspectives as a result of my PhD research, inquiring on the articulations between identity, economics and politics. Based on an ethnographic case study —the Huarpes— and the selection of a specific regional context — Mendoza province—, this work is an effort to inquire and analyze the […]

Through the paths of community self-government: debates and experiences from Kamsá’s handcraft self-government

Abstract: Within the bounds of the territorial self-government instruments in force in Colombia, such as indigenous reserves, afro-descendant collective lands, and peasant reserve areas, this text makes their boundaries evident face to new spoils, like a symbolic one, in the field of handcraft. To do that, this work refers to the experience of Kamsá indigenous […]

“May the afro be a part of the Argentinean nation”: state resignifications of black memories

Abstract: The questioning on national narrative by subaltern sectors has revealed its heterogeneous, conflictive and historical character, weakening the assumed legitimacy of the hegemonic narrative. This has made silenced narratives to be re-memorized and, therefore, “new” memories under dispute to emerge. This paper is therefore focused on the recent processes of visibilization and remembrance of […]

Cultural models in conflict: black groups and Augustinian missionaries in Colombian South Pacific (1896-1954)

Abstract: This paper analyzes the relations between black groups from the Colombian South Pacific and the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine in terms of strains between two different “cultural models”, during a period of transition for ethnic identities and State nationalism. The black group model is related to their ethnogenetic process, which is incubated as […]

Problematizing European residential tourism: government global technologies and ways of subjectivation

Abstract: This work gathers a set of reflections on residential tourism that emerge after finishing up a research project. Fundamentally, these are articulated in a critical sense, since they aim to point to theoretical gaps or constraints on the ways to approach this phenomenon from a social science perspective, especially in everything concerning its socio-political […]

Globalization and reconfiguring the public-private —Towards a global public sphere?

Abstract: This paper analyses the impacts in globalization processes on the way public-private relations developed in modernity. Specifically, this paper renders an account of political and institutional scenarios informing, privileging private and mercantile logics, thus displacing State and the idea that State used to represent the public interest, or that it served as an instrument […]

The notion of performance and its epistemological potential in contemporary social scientific work

Abstract: This paper accounts for the emergence and circulation of the notion of performance in social and human sciences, especially within the framework of ritual and performance anthropology, and its potential implications in the modes of social knowledge production. Firstly, the conceptualization of this notion is examined as an empirical object and a category of analysis, […]

Transculturation and cultural studies. A brief approach to Fernando Ortiz’ thinking

Abstract: Studies on culture in the 20th century have in Fernando Ortiz an excelling exponent. The methodological eclecticism in his work, from anthropology, history, and ethnography not only accounts for Cuban culture’s traits, but also offers analysis tools to understand the process of formation of Latin American culture. This paper covers Fernando Ortiz’ theoretical thinking, […]

The device: a grid of analysis for visibilizing subjectivities

Abstract: The present paper analyses the ways various authors present the concept of device; hence it is about invisibilizing several points of convergence and approach to this concept. Our proposal is to view a way of reading and/or analyzing reality that allows to think a «device» as a methodological element, and acknowledges Michel Foucault’s place […]

(De)colonial symptoms: Grosfoguel as a reader to Foucault

Abstract: This paper analyses the critique Ramón Grosfoguel does to the approach advanced by Michel Foucault to the notions of racism and colonialism in his course Defending Society (1975-1976). The author analyses the theoretical assumptions and the methodological criteria supporting Grosfoguel’s hermeneutics, based on a number of assumptions from Michel Foucault’s power and governmentality genealogy. […]

Epistemic Racism/Sexism, Westernized Universities and the Four Genocides/Epistemicides of the Long 16th Century

Abstract: This article discusses the epistemic racism/sexism that is foundational to the knowledge structures of the Westernized University. The article proposes that the epistemic priviledge of Western Man in Westenized Universities’ structures of knowledge, is the result of four genocides/epistemicides in the long 16th century (against Jewish and Muslim origin population in the conquest of […]