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Felipe Fernández Lozano

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

Postdoctoral Fellow


Project: "Violent Flows. State and Water Infrastructures in the port city of Buenaventura, Colombia"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


 06/2018 – 09/2022

PhD Candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’, Freie Universität Berlin

10/2015 – 05/2018

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

10/2011 – 09/2015

Bachelor of Arts in History, Freie Universität Berlin

10/2011 – 09/2015

Bachelor of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

Work Experience

Since 11/2022

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

05/2019 – 10/2022

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

10/2018 – 02/2019

Visiting Scholar, FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador


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

09/2017 – 10/2018

Fellow Researcher, International Training Research School “Between Spaces”, Freie Universität Berlin

02/2015 – 06/2015

Internship, NGO Vallenpaz, Cali, Colombia

10/2015 – 09/2017

Student Assistant in the Area of History, 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: "Violent Flows. State and Water Infrastructures in the port city of Buenaventura, Colombia"

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.


Fernández, F. (2022). Coping with Extortion. On Violence, Parasites, and Water Infrastructures in Buenaventura, Colombia. Journal of Illicit Economies and Development [in Press]

Fernández, F. (2022). Construir y reparar frente al desabastecimiento: Estado, provisión de agua e infraestructura en Buenaventura, Colombia. Revista Colombiana De Antropología, 58(2), 105–129. https://doi.org/10.22380/2539472X.2125


Felipe Fernández (2021). "Under Construction: Technologies of Development in Urban Ethiopia, by Daniel Mains". In: Anthropologica, 63(1).

Felipe Fernández (2018). "Landscapes of Freedom. Building a Postemancipation Society in the Rainforests of Western Colombia, by Claudia Leal". In: H-Soz-Kult, 22.05.2018.

Felipe Fernández (2017). "Erinnerung und Intersektionalität. Frauen als Opfer der argentinischen Staatsrepression (1975-1983) von Verónica Ada Abrego". In: CROLAR Vol. 6, H. 2 (2017): 28-30

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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