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Carmen Ibáñez

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

Postdoctoral Fellow


Project: "Fragmented Future? Projections, Expectations and Imaginaries in the Popular Markets of the Andes"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


Since 05/2019 Postdoctoral project: "Fragmented Future? Projections, Expectations and Imaginaries in the Popular Markets of the Andes"
08/2008 – 12/2013 PhD in Political Science, Universität Rostock
02/1997 – 05/2005 Bachelor of Arts (Licenciatura) in Sociology, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz
08/1998 – 12/2004 Bachelor of Arts (Licenciatura) in Economics, Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz

Work Experience

Since 05/2019

Postdoctoral Fellow, International Research Training Group "Temporalities of Future"

10/2017 – 03/2019

Lecturer and Researcher, Annemarie-Schimmel-Fellow, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Universität Bonn

09/2016 Guest Researcher, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida
10/2013 – 09/2016 Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Iberian and Latin American History, Universität zu Köln
08/2013 – 12/2013

Fellow, Research Network for Latin America, Universität zu Köln, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Universität Bielefeld, Münster

08/2005 – 01/2006 Fellow, Department of Iberian and Latin American History, Universität zu Köln

Project: "Fragmented Future? Projections, Expectations, and Imaginaries in the Popular Markets of the Andes"

Through the study of the social structure and dynamics of popular markets, this project aims at analyzing the past and ongoing impact of multi-temporalities on the projections, expectations and aspirations of heterogeneous Latin American societies and their imaginaries of future — particularly in the Andean region. It does as well aim at contributing to the study of alternative forms of understanding reality from a multidisciplinary perspective (in this case: anthropology, sociology, and economics). By analyzing the longue durée of inequality and exclusion, but also the impact of Sumak kawsay (Good Living) on the imaginary of modernity, this study proposes an understanding of the market (as a physical space) as the materiality of the encounter of two different forms of understanding time, one spiral-shaped and the other linear and ascending. This leads up to the question: How can a society with imageries of time seemingly in contradiction construct a common vision of the future? In contrast to many Latin American countries, where the State tries to control the popular markets transforming them into tourist attractions or shopping malls, in some western societies discourses emerge as a  proposal to return to the practices of popular markets as a way of mitigating some of the consequences of a development model based on the individual, such as increasing isolation, loneliness and depression. In this sense, our research leads us to explore the flows, articulations and epistemes with which the logic of commerce acts within popular markets often dominated by indigenous women. We are interested in understanding the economic practices that include a logic of accumulation and circulation of capital, as well as the mechanisms and institutionalities which regulate the complex system of the market, and how they shape and influence projections of future. If the economy is truly at the heart of modernity and the level of consumption is the appropriate measure of well-being, it is worthwhile having a closer look at the indigenous episteme of the future of the popular markets.


Ibañez, Carmen (2018): "Consecuencias políticas de la migración interna en Bolivia", (PhD-Thesis) Madrid/Frankfurt, Ibero­ameri­cana/Vervuert.


Ibañez, Carmen (2017): "Politisierung von Indigenität in Bolivien", J. Kemner (ed.): Indigenitätsmappe: El mundo al revés: Pueblos Indígenas en América Latina. Unterrichtsmaterialienreihe "Wissen um globale Verflechtungen", Bielefeld: Kipu.

Ibañez, Carmen (2017): "Where is the development? Challenging the concept of development from the perspective of Buen Vivir", L. Rehm, J. Kemner, O. Kaltmeier (eds.): Politics of Entangle­ments in the Americas: Connecting Transnational Flows and Local Perspectives. Inter-American Studies / Estudios Interamericanos Vol. 19. Trier: Wissen­schaftlicher Verlag/ Bilingual Press.

Ibañez, Carmen (2017): "Reproduktion indigener Stereotypen in Bolivien", R. Steger et al. (eds.): Subalter­na­tiven. Postkoloniale Kritik und dekolonialer Widerstand in Lateinamerika. Münster: Edition Assemblage, pp. 125-138.

Ibañez, Carmen (2017): "La migración interna en la construcción de la identidad nacional", A. Saez-Arance et al. (eds.): Identidades nacionales en América Latina. Discursos, saberes y representa­cio­nes. Stuttgart: Heinz Verlag, pp. 241-251.

Ibañez, Carmen (2015): "Diversidad y heterogeneidad pero ante todo migrantes", B. Potthast et al. (eds.), Dinámicas de inclusión y exclusión en América Latina. Conceptos y prácticas de etnicidad, ciudadanía y pertenencia. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, pp. 203-216.


Ibañez, Carmen (2019): "La migración como estrategia política de resistencia", Bastos, Santiago (ed.), La etnicidad recreada. Desigualdad, diferencia y movilidad en la América Latina global, Mexico Citiy: CIESAS, pp. 387-418.

Ibañez, Carmen (2018): "El cuerpo como evidencia: etnicidad y género en los Andes" FIAR. Journal of the International Association of Inter-American Studies, 10, 2, pp. 66-84.

Other publications

Ibañez, Carmen. (2022). “Las nociones temporales del colonizado”. In Columnas del Futuro, Observatorio Latinoamericano OLA. New York: The new School.

Ibañez, Carmen. (2021). "Consecuencias políticas de la migración interna". In El Canto del Tordo. Nº5, El Alto: SJM.

Ibañez, Carmen. (2020). "El significado de la migración interna para los cambios políticos en Bolivia". In Matices. Zeitschrift zu Lateinamerika, Spanien und Portugal, No. 101.

Ibañez, Carmen. (2020). "Coronavirus in Zeiten des Pachakutik". In Boulletin Eirene e.V.

Ibañez, Carmen. (2020). "Viviendo como las sardinas". El País (Bolivien).

Ibañez, Carmen. (2020). "Was es bedeutet, „der Andere“ zu sein". In Boulletin Eirene e.V.

Ibañez, Carmen. (2020). "El amor en tiempos de coronavirus". El País (Bolivien).

Ibañez, Carmen (2018): "Interview with the Bolivian feminist Maria Galindo of Mujeres Creando. With: Britt Weyde", ILA, Zeitschrift der Informationsstelle Lateinamerika, No. 417, Bonn.

Ibañez, Carmen (2016): "Negociaciones de etnicidad y ciudadanía: Ayllu vs. Sindicato", KLA Working Paper Series No. 16.

Ibañez, Carmen (2015): "Movimientos sociales en Bolivia", Lobato Mirta, Barbara Potthast, Johanna Below, Débora Bendocchi, Carmen Ibáñez, Bea Wittger et al. (Eds.): Soziale Bewegungen in Latein­amerika. Kollektive Aktionen testen die Grenzen der Macht. Catálogo, Red de Investigación sobre América Latina.

Ibañez, Carmen (2008): "Bolivia: país de conflictos", Matices. Revista para América Latina, España y Portugal, 59, 4.

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