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Belén Díaz

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

Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation

PhD Candidate

Project "Struggles for Hegemony in the 21st Century: The Renewal of the Latin American Right"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


Since 05/2019

PhD student, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’, Berlin

Since 10/2018

PhD Candidate in Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin

10/2014 – 09/2017

Master in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, M.A. Thesis: „Struggles for hegemony in the 21st century. The renewal of the Latin American right during the “pink  tide”

10/2011 – 09/2014

Bachelor in Sociology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, B.A. Thesis: "Identity constructions and (de-)coloniality. The path of the Ecuadorian indigenous movement towards the Plurinational State"

Work Experience

Since 05/2019

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’, Berlin

10/2018 – 04/2019

Research Associate and Lecturer, Institute for Latin American Studies, Department of Sociology - Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa, Freie Universität Berlin

09/2015 – 11/2015

Internship at Department for Latin America and the Caribbean, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Berlin

03/2014 – 04/2014

Internship at Department for Interculturality, Ministry of Political Administration, Quito

Project: "Struggles for Hegemony in the 21st Century: The Renewal of the Latin American Right"

Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa, Freie Universität Berlin

This doctoral project investigates how right-wing actors in Latin America craft the future by engaging in the contemporary struggles for constructing hegemony through rejuvenated discourses and innovative mobilization mechanisms. I analyze how new protagonists such as right-leaning digital influencers and youth movements attempt to interpellate the “prosumers” of the digital age and to what extent they are successful in shaping individual and societal aspirations. Building upon the analysis of three paradigmatic cases in Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico, I delve into the hegemonic struggles over common-sense-making and into the novel subjectivation processes of the 21st century. Far from a classic comparative case study, I draw on a creative sociological perspective that overcomes methodological nationalism by focusing on the transnational, regional and global interconnections of the new right. Hence, this research project contributes to close the gap in the literature on Latin American politics since the turn of the century that has dealt mainly with the “pink-tide” governments, thereby neglecting the strategies of the right wing.

MA Thesis

Díaz, Belén (2017): Luchas por la hegemonía en el siglo XXI. La renovación de las derechas en tiempos de progresismo en América Latina. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. https://doi.org/10.17169/refubium-1730


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