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Luis Kliche

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

Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation

PhD Candidate

Project: "Constructores del futuro, herederos de la paz: The Current State Centric Construction of Young Political Subjects in Nicaragua"

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Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin

Education

Since 05/2019

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

10/2014 – 07/2018

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

10/2015 – 02/2016

Graduate Program (Programa Profesional Avanzado) in Memory, Postmemory and Youth Cultures at Universidad Centroamericana, Managua

10/2009 – 19/2013

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration at Universität Potsdam

Work Experience

Since 05/2019

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

Since 03/2014

Coordination of Scholarship Program for University Students at Puente Nica e.V.

05/2015 – 12/2017

Student research assistant at the Project Police Building and transnational security fields in Latin America, Faculty of Social Sciences (Freie Universität Berlin)

09/2015 – 01/2016

Research Internship at the Nicaragua and Central America History Institute (Universidad Centroamericana, Managua).

Project: "Constructores del futuro, herederos de la paz: The Current Statecentric Construction of Young Political Subjects in Nicaragua"


Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig, Freie Universität Berlin


This research examines the statecentric construction of young political subjects in 21st century “neosandinista” Nicaragua, in a state administration which has been both rhetorically anti-neoliberal, and politically and economically pragmatic and well adjusted to market logics. In recent years, the bulk of academic work from social sciences regarding youth in Latin America has focused on sociocentric or "informal" expressions of public participation that encompass cultural collectives, social movements and artistic statements which are not directly linked with state initiatives. This approach is apprehensible as it is temporally framed in a general scenario of state retreat driven by the implementation of a neoliberal paradigm since the 1990s. On the other hand, few assessments have centered on the efforts carried by states to mobilize young activists in the neoliberal era. In these cases, state and government institutions attempt to form young political participants inside a role assign to them by a hegemony erecting project. Framed in a Laclauian perspective, the thesis aims at defining the articulations of identification, inclusion and participation arising in said construction, while highlighting the tensions and entanglements that youth have in relation with state structures and different projections of current and future collective endeavors as present and past ideas of future-building clash with the reality of the contradictions between discourse and political action.

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