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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Alejandro M Flores Aguilar

Dipl.Soz, FU-Berlin. Ph.D. Student, UT Austin

" Anyhow, the machine is still working and it is still effective in itself. It is effective in itself even though it stands alone in this valley--F.K. "

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Biography

I studied sociology in my hometown, Guatemala City, at the Universidad de San Carlos (USAC). During those years I had the chance to work as research assistant at the Asociación para el Avance de las Ciencias Sociales en Guatemala (AVANCSO) in projects dealing with social imaginaries, and national identity. In 2001 I moved to Berlin and stayed there for almost seven years. I pursued a Diplom-Soziologe degree (M.A.) in cultural/political sociology at the Freie Universität-Berlin. After concluding my Diplom studies in 2007 I went back to Guatemala to work as a lecturer at Universidad Rafael Landívar (URL) and as researcher at the Asociación Para el Avance de las Ciencias Sociales en Guatemala (AVANCSO), where I got recruted to work with the Social Imaginaries Research Area. I also lectured eventually at USAC and Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), campus Guatemala. There I taught courses on the history of political thought, research methods, and the analysis of racism. Between 2009 and 2012 I coordinated a research team at AVANCSO, which was engaged in the study of the intersection of sex and race as a way of territoriazling the colonial body. Since 2010 I have coordinated a Central American working group about race and security with the Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO). In 2012 I started my Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Current Research

My dissertation research revolves around the infrastructural effects of counterinsurgency (post-genocide) and its dissemination in "securitized" Guatemala. In this moment I take “infrastructure” to mean the relatively stable sociopolitical production of space and the disposition of objects and composition of subjects within it. By researching the intersection of cultural, social, and political anthropology I wan to propose that “securitized” infrastructures have a tendency to re-insert and equalize in everyday life the friend-enemy relationship that is typical to affective states of war. I am interested in positioning this ethnographical research in the intersection of at lest three debates: a) given that most of sociopolitical research about post-conflict societies in Latin America focus on the textual dimension of legal and formal institutions, I think is relevant to explain how the study of infrastructure contributes to see historical continuities between war and democracy focusing on the material (pre-textual) dimension of the social world; b) given that counterinsurgency involved the production of an affective friend-enemy relation that disseminates from the-end-of-politics to everyday life, this research must provide lines of understanding about the role that infrastructure plays in the creation and continuation of this dichotomy and; c) to explain how these continuities impact on Guatemalan politics today, form the perspective of dissensus and proliferation of nodes of resistance.

Interests

Infrastructure; Space; Security; Post-genocide; Genealogies of Race and Sex; Desire, Power and Dissensus; the Body; the Sensible; Aesthetics; Social Activism and Social Imaginaries; Affect; Photography/Visual Anthropology; Continental Philosophy; Minor Literature/Ethnography; Political Anthropology; Latin America; Guatemala.
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