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Belén Díaz

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

PhD Candidate


Project "Struggles for Hegemony in the 21st Century: The Renewal of the Right in Latin America"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


Since 05/2019

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

Since 10/2018

PhD Candidate in Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin

10/2014 – 09/2017

Master in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

10/2011 – 09/2014

Bachelor in Sociology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Work Experience

Since 05/2019

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

10/2018 – 04/2019

Research Associate and Lecturer, Institute for Latin American Studies, Department of Sociology - Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa, Freie Universität Berlin

Since 03/2017

Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Journal "Theorein", Catholic University Ecuador

02/2015 – 01/2017

Student Representative, Council of the Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

09/2015 – 11/2015

Internship, Department for Latin America and the Caribbean, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Berlin

03/2014 – 04/2014

Internship, Department for Interculturality, Ministry of Political Administration, Quito

Project: "Struggles for Hegemony in the 21st Century: The Renewal of the Right in Latin America"

Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa, Freie Universität Berlin

This research addresses the aggiornamento of the right wing in Latin America, focusing on how actors of this political tendency engage in contemporary struggles for hegemony through innovative discourses and mobilization mechanisms. I am particularly interested in actors who are born outside traditional partisan spaces and shift between heterogeneous fields, thus generating political logics and practices that are to some extent sui generis. Specifically, I explore changes in the forms and processes of representation, mobilization and construction of right-wing political subjects. Therefore, I delve into the successful case of the Movimento Brasil Livre (Free Brazil Movement), an organization founded by young activists in 2014 that led the protests in favor of the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. Drawing on in-depth interviews and participant observation, I analyze how rejuvenated right-wing political cultures and multi-sited political grammars have been forged at the crossroads between social media and the streets. Hence, this research contributes to filling a gap in the literature on political change in Latin America, which at the beginning of the century dealt mainly with the "pink tide", thereby neglecting the strategies of the right wing. All in all, the case study of the MBL serves as a pivotal exponent for nourishing the debate on the transnational advance of right-wing actors in the region and the world from an interdisciplinary perspective mainly based on political sociology.


Baioni do Nascimento, Rafael; Díaz, Belén, & Maria Teixeira Amorim, Mônica (2022). Adoecimento docente, avanço das direitas e necropolítica no Brasil: Reflexões para a formação de professores. Formação Docente – Revista Brasileira de Pesquisa Sobre Formação de Professores, 14(31), 31–44. https://doi.org/10.31639/rbpfp.v14i31.643

Díaz, Belén (2020): La derecha latinoamericana contraataca: Más allá de los partidos políticos. Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, (126), 268-271. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.24241/rcai.2020.126.3.268

Díaz, Belén (2019): “Sí podemos vivir mejor”. Estrategias de la nueva derecha ecuatoriana para interpelar a las clases medias. trAndeS Working Paper Series, 9. Berlin: Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin. Retrieved from https://www.programa-trandes.net/Ressources/working_papers/WP9-Diaz-Online.pdf 

MA Thesis

Díaz, Belén (2017): Luchas por la hegemonía en el siglo XXI. La renovación de las derechas en tiempos de progresismo en América Latina. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. https://doi.org/10.17169/refubium-1730


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