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Mariana Almaraz Reyes


International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future in Latin America'

PhD Candidate


Project: "Counter-archives of the future. Re-readings and re-activations of pre-Columbian pictographic archives 'by and from' the Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


Since 05/2022

PhD Candidate, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

10/2018 – 10/2021

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin 

07/2008 – 07/2013

Bachelor of Arts in Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, National School of Restoration, Conservation and Museology (ENCRyM), "Manuel del Castillo Negrete", (INAH), Mexico City.


Work experience

Since 05/2022

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

01/2019 – 02/2022

Student Assistent, Prof. Dr.Ingrid Kummels, Freie Universität Berlin



Coordinator of the Conservation and Restoration Department. Textile Museum of Oaxaca (MTO), Oaxaca.


Professor at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez Oaxaca (UABJO), Oaxaca.


Restorer at the Coordinación Nacional de Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural (CNCPC) Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), Mexico City.



"Fray Bernardino de Sahagún Prize", National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Mexico City

Award for the best master thesis in cultural and social anthropology: “Tejiendo archivos lat(i)entes: Tensiones entre patrimonio cultural y memoria comunitaria, Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca”.

"Paul Coremans Prize", National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Mexico City

Award for the best thesis in conservation and restoration: “Study and conservation of a feathered textile: the mantle of San Miguel Zinacantepec, XVIII. Jhd”.

"Student Poster Award", International Institute for the Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works (IIC), 24th International Biennale of Decorative Arts, Vienna, Austria.
Award for the project: "Revitalization of a collection of air fans"

Project: "Counter-archives of the future. Re-readings and re-activations of pre-Columbian pictographic archives "by and from" the Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca"

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stephanie Schütze, Freie Universität Berlin

From the anthropological perspective in this research Project I will explore alternatives where local memory reconnects with imagination in terms of local realities and current problems. The focus will be on the context of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, where I am interested in the different ways in which the Zapotec community rereads and reactivates its pre-Columbian pictographic archives; in addition to knowing the incidence and possible activist use that these new archives have within the community and in social networks.

Considering the staging of the local heritage, the strong dependence on tourism and intense commercialization that characterize Teotitlán del Valle, it is relevant to make visible new possibilities of revitalization of the local cultural heritage, as the case of the local pre-Hispanic archives that within the patrimonial conception, seemed inert and unprofitable. In spite of that, in recent years several local actors have been interested in reactivating and rereading those heritage objects that preceded them, creating "counter-archives of the future" in which it is possible to express aspirations and desires that mobilize the heir community, legitimizing again the possession of that heritage and symbolizing the claim against the epistemic violence that many times museums or official discourses cover to those objects. These new archives become powerful elements that, from the cultural sphere, have an important impact at the political level, since, being archives produced "from and by" the local community itself, they enable a natural appropriation that strengthens social cohesion and the identity ties necessary to sustain current processes of struggle against dispossession, deterritorialization, colonization and cultural imposition, anticipating future crises.


Almaraz Reyes, Mariana (2022). "Contra-archivos texturizados. Irrumpiendo el archivo colonial, una mirada a las prácticas textiles contemporáneas en Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, México”, Antropología Experimental 22: 15-26. https://revistaselectronicas.ujaen.es/index.php/rae/article/view/6570/6624


Almaraz Reyes, Mariana, Lanzagorta Cumming, Ana and Lara Barrera, Emmanuel (2013). “IIC Vienna Congress 2012: la experiencia internacional de restauradores mexicanos en formación.” Intervención 7: 45-52. https://revistaintervencion.inah.gob.mx/index.php/intervencion/article/view/98


Almaraz Reyes, Mariana, Lanzagorta Cumming, A., & Lara Barrera, E. (2013). “IIC Vienna Congress 2012. Our Experience as Students”, News in Conservation, International Institute for Conservation 34: 6-8 https://www.iiconservation.org/system/files/publications/journal/2013/b2013_1.pdf



Almaraz Reyes, Mariana (2014). "Estudio y conservación de un textil emplumado: El manto de San Miguel Zinacantepec del siglo XVIII". In: Conservación de arte plumario. Mexico City: INAH, CONACULTA, Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía. pp. 46-67 https://mediateca.inah.gob.mx/repositorio/islandora/object/libro%3A526

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