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Felipe Fernández Lozano

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

Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation

PhD Candidate

Project: "Infrastructure, Aspirations and the Politics of Temporality in Buenaventura, Colombia"

Address
Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin

Education

Since 05/2019

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

Since 06/2018

PhD Candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

10/2015 – 05/2018

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, M.A Thesis: “The Liquid State. Governance Effects in Sabaletas, Colombia”

10/2011 – 09/2015

Bachelor in History at Freie Universität Berlin

10/2011 – 09/2015

Bachelor in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin

Work Experience

Since 05/2019

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

10/2018 – 02/2019

Visiting Scholar at FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador

04/2018

Visiting Scholar at Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina

09/2017 – 10/2018

Fellow Researcher at the Graduate School “Between Spaces”, Freie Universität, Berlin

02/2015 – 06/2015

Internship at NGO Vallenpaz, Cali, Colombia

10/2015 – 09/2017

Student Assistant in the Area of History at the Institute for Latin American Studies (Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke), Freie Universität Berlin

04/2013 – 09/2017

Student Assistant at the DFG-funded Research Project “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood”, SFB 700, Berlin

Project: "Infrastructure, Aspirations and the Politics of Temporality in Buenaventura, Colombia"


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


My PhD project explores urban infrastructure for the provision of utility services in the city of Buenaventura as a socio-temporal phenomenon. Located in the Pacific lowlands of southwestern Colombia, Buenaventura is the major port and one of the most unequal cities of the South American country. The precarious provision of utility services in marginal areas of Buenaventura represents a political site and it is, as I argue, intermingled with aspirations and projections into the future. The ubiquitous feeling and experiencing of an infrastructural emergency draws the attention of diverse forms of politics toward Buenaventura.  I conceptualize urban infrastructure as a complex assemblage where several actors, discourses and materialities converge.

State institutions, as well as non-governmental organizations and citizens operate simultaneously on a present which is subject to constant repairs, negotiations, and political mediations and which is suffused by all kinds of future projections and people’s aspirations. These aspirations and projections are materialized in forms of state-funded infrastructural projects, quotidian improvisations, political mobilizations and patronage networks. Steadily framed and reframed in paradigms of development, neoliberal urban planning, and biopolitics, the interaction with infrastructure constitutes a vantage point from which to explore urban politics at the (discursively constructed) margins of contemporary Colombia.

Infrastructure, aspirations and the politics of temporality in Buenaventura, Colombia

MA Thesis

Fernández, Felipe (2019): El Estado líquido. Efectos de gobernanza en Sabaletas, Colombia. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. https://refubium.fu-berlin.de/handle/fub188/24581

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