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José Francisco Hernández Reyes

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

Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation

PhD Candidate

Project: "Temporalities from the Near East: Visions of Future Progress from the Arab Diaspora in Latin America"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


Since 05/2019

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

10/2017 – 07/2018

Master of History from Europe to America - Powers, Societies, Cultures, University of Granada, M.A. Thesis: “Business Behavior and Legal Culture: A Study Case of Corporate Bankruptcies in Mexico, Nineteenth Century" (Prof. Dr. María Ángeles Gálvez Ruíz)

02/2012 – 06/2017

Bachelor of Economics | Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, B.A. Thesis: “Economic Growth and Corporate Bankruptcies in Mexico, Nineteenth Century” (Prof. Dr. José Antonio Ibarra Romero)

Work Experience

Since 05/2019

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

01/2016 – 05/2019

Student Assistant, Faculty of Economics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Méxco 

01/2017 – 06/2017

Scholarship holder, Project titled “The Daily Life of Missionaires in the northwest of New Spain“ (Prof. Dr. Bernd Hausberger), El Colegio de México

11/2013 – 11/2015

Scholarship holder, Project titled “The Latin American University: A Look through the Archive of the UDUAL“, Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe

Project: "Temporalities from the Near East: Visions of Future Progress from the Arab Diaspora in Latin America"

Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Stefan Rinke, Freie Universität Berlin

My PhD project aims to shed light on the mechanisms and effects of the Arabic temporalities immerse on Latin American social realities in order to increase the knowledge on the characteristic ‘temporal constellation’ and “cultural heterogeneity” on the region. We want to go beyond the Latin American temporalities already captured by previous investigations and create substantial contributions on the research of the future’s region.

The research will attempt to focuses on knowing how and which underlying global processes influenced the Arab anticipations and aspirations are related to the historical concepts of ‘progress’ and ‘modernization’ inside Latin America. The discussion about the Arab protagonists contributions into ‘doing the future’ and its relationship with the historical concept of ‘progress’ is still in its infancy, the research will use the methodological approach proposed by the IRTG combined with timekeeping records such as family stories, oral interviews and institutional documents will put on evidence the institutional mechanisms of social inclusion and/or exclusion that have played a significant role for the Arab diaspora’s capacity of development of their visions of future progress inside the region.

The collection of oral Arab testimonies about the tragic events occurred throughout the second half of the 20th Century have an inestimable value to both the construction of Near East modern history and the recreation of a collective Arab identity inside Latin American.

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