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Isis Violeta Contreras Pastrana

Isis Violeta Contreras Pastrana





  • Master in Social Anthropology. Centre for Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology. 2011-2013.
  • Bachelor in Social Anthropology. Metropolitan Autonomous University, Iztapalapa. Mexico DF. 2005-2009.

Work Experience

  • Subject Senior and Community Education Master. Forming Readers and Writers in basic education- State Public Education Institute of Oaxaca. 2014-2015.
  • Intercultural Community University of Cempoaltepetl (UNICEM). Bachelor in Community Communication. 2012- 2014.
  • National Pedagogical University. Bachelor in Indigenous Education. Oaxaca, 2012.


  • Conacyt (2011-2013). Master Studies. CIESAS- Pacifico Sur.
  • Ambulante Beyond (2013). Studies in documentary filmmaking.
  • Culture Ministry of the State of Oaxaca. Program for Artistic and Cultural Strengthening “C14” (2014-2015). Photography workshops with children in situations of vulnerability in Oaxaca.
  • Culture Ministry of the State of Guerrero - Ambulante Beyond (2014). Documentary film production.
  • Ayuujk youth collectives: New ways of being and living in community. Master's thesis (2014).
  • Research and evaluation of  communication Opportunities program for indigenous. Coordinated by Dr. Lucia Bazan . Centre for Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology. CIESAS DF. 2010
  • Autonomy organization and community ownership in education in an Ayuujk community. Bachelor´s thesis (2009).
  • Research and evaluation of the impact of Manners and Customs Law. Chocholteco people. National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples. CDI DF. 2009.
  • Fieldwork Coordinator at UNICEF Initiative ". All girls and boys to school in Oaxaca" CIESAS Oaxaca. Coordinated by Dr. Paola Sesia Arcozzi-Masino. 2006.


Young Latin American indigenous, self-representation and insertion into Europe life and dynamic: identity and organizational processes in borders contexts.

With this proposal I analyse integration processes into Europe life and dynamic by young Latin American indigenous migrants, from mobilizing their identifications, speeches, practices and ways of life. Identities are not static, I understand it as ways to look and act in the world, and it emanates from the many experiences of life that mark to this young people. I want to analyse what happens with identity processes and self-representations, and how these can lead young people to engage in associational and organizational claims or not in the context of borders. The start point that brings these experiences is provided by the fact of coming from a family or indigenous or native community in Latin America, coupled with the experience of otherness and identification framed by migration. Therefore, these experiences are complemented with the confrontation with other identities involved in many cases in value constructions and therefore struggles and contradictions. It is essential part of this study the sense of life of the community that may or may not exist for these young people, that is, seeking to analyse their sense of belonging and community-based source identification. I am interested in rescuing their gaze community and origin culture, how is thought and imagined, debated and summoned and how is questioned since their representation within the current migration dynamics. These self-representations will be discussed directly with social practices that account their border identities. However, I am particularly interested in rescue practices that bring collective or collectivist outlook, a major axis in the organization and conception of indigenous peoples and communities of Latin America. Some of the initial questions I intend to answer are: How represent their self as Latin American indigenous migrants? , How experiencing their identification with the communities of origin? , Are there explicit identification ways with the origin culture? , What organizational experiences since young indigenous exist in the European Union and what are its prospects? , How they negotiate their identities in migration and multiculturalism context in which are inserted? To do this I will draw on participatory methodologies related to visual anthropology and the use of radio and photography tools.

  • y Aquino, A. (2016) “Comunidad, jóvenes y generación: disputando subjetividades en la Sierra Norte de Oaxaca”. Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud, vol. 14, No 1. Colombia: CINDE-Universidad de Manizales. ISSN:1692-715X.
  • (Directora) (2015) Diablitos, diablitas y almitas: danzando la vida y la muerte. (21’) México: Ambulante Más Allá-SECULTA Guerrero.
  • (Directora) (2014) Kutääy. Los jamás conquistados. (21’) México: Ambulante Más Allá.
  • y Vásquez, R. (Directores) (2009) Ö’jken: La muerte ayuujk hacia la transición de la vida eterna (19’) México: Pacmyc.
  • (2008) “Autonomías Indígenas y Comunalidad: Debates y propuestas para el estudio y la praxis de las autonomías en Oaxaca”. Revista etnias & política No. 7. Colombia: Observatorio étnico-CECOIN.