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Alrik Schubotz

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

Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation

PhD Candidate

Project: "Contesting Identity Politics in Brazil: Transnational Culture Wars and Political Religion"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


Since 05/2019

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

10/2013 – 06/2016

M.A. in Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin

09/2012 – 09/2013

M.A. in International Studies, Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris

08/2010 – 10/2011

Year abroad at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City

10/2008 – 10/2012

B.A. in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Work Experience

Since 05/2019

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

09/2016 – 12/2017

Research assistant at Institut für die Geschichte und Zukunft der Arbeit, Berlin

03/2016 – 08/2016

Research assistant at Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung, Hamburg

07/2013 – 12/2015

Student assistant at MISEAL and G-NET projects at Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin

08/2011 – 10/2011

Intern at Secretaría de Educación Pública, Coordinación General de Educación Intercultural y Bilingüe, Mexico City

Project: "Contesting Identity Politics in Brazil: Transnational Culture Wars and Political Religion"

Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig, Freie Universität Berlin

When theorizing processes of norm diffusion, constructivist International Relations (IR) scholars have paid little attention to how normative change is resisted and contested, particularly in relation to the globalization of identity politics. Instead, empirical studies centering on compliance display a bias towards “good” global norms and the agentive capacities of Western liberal democracies. This thesis challenges constructivist understandings of norm diffusion by analyzing the contestation of identity politics in Brazil. Based on a genealogical account of moralisitic securitization, I begin by tracing the causal links that determine the prominent position through which identity politics in Brazil have come to feature on an agenda driven by political religion. Proceeding with a focus on the embeddedness of religious politics, I analyze relational configurations at the growing intersection of the political and religious fields that explain the increasing political influence of religious actors at the local, national and transnational level. In order to better explain the complexities and scope of the traditionalist dynamics unfolding in response to identity politics in Brazil, I then triangulate the previous two approaches with theoretical insights IR scholarship has recently gained from the norm contestation framework.


Schubotz, Alrik and Zapata Galindo, Marta (2017): "Conflictos armados", in: I. Pastor Gosálbez, L. Román Martín, and M. Zapata Galindo (eds.): Políticas de igualdad de género e integración en Europa y América Latina, Cizur Menor: Thomson Reuters, Aranzadi, pp. 309–337


Therborn, Göran (2016): "Klasse Im 21. Jahrhundert" in: H. Bude and P. Staab (Eds.), Kapitalismus und Ungleichheit: Die Neuen Verwerfungen, translated by Alrik Schubotz, Frankfurt/Main: Campus, pp. 285–315

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