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Felipe Fernández

Freie Universität Berlin



Altamerikanistik/Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie

Rüdesheimer Straße 54-56
14197 Berlin


2018 - 2022

Ph.D in Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie | summa cum laude

Freie Universität Berlin

2015 - 2018

M.A in Interdisziplinäre Lateinamerikastudien

Freie Universität Berlin

2011 - 2014

B.A in Geschichtswissenschaft (Hauptfach) und Sozial und -Kultuanthropologie (nebenfach)

Freie Universität Berlin




2019 - 2023

wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

International Training Group “Temporalities of Future”

Freie Universität Berlin

2015 - 2017

Studentische Hilfskraft

Lehrstuhl für Geschichtswissenschaft (Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke)

Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Belrin

2013 - 2017

Studentische Hilfskraft

SFB 700 “Regieren in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit“

Freie Universität Berlin

Stipendien/ Auszeichnungen


The Roseberry-Nash Graduate Student Prize

"Designs for Scalable Infrastructure: On State Intervention in Buenaventura, Colombia"

Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA)

2018 - 2019

Research Fellow

International Graduate School (IGK) “Between Spaces”
(DFG-funded project)

Freie Universität Berlin


FUBright Fellow

Visiting scholar

Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM), Buenos Aires, Argentina


Erasmus + Fellow
Visiting researcher

FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador



Student Exchange

Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

November 2011:

Kursleiter: “Introducción a la antropología política de la infraestructura”, Departamento de Estudios Sociales, Flacso Ecuador

Forschungsschwerpunkte und –interessen:

  • Urbane und politische Anthropologie
  • Infrastruktur, Staat, Bürokratie
  • Lateinamerika (insbesondere Bolivien und Kolumbien), Westeuropa
  • Umwelt, Bergbau, Energiewende

Aktuelles Forschungsprojekt:

"Lithium, State and the Future in Bolivia. An Anthropology of the Underground"

As a key chemical in the contemporary era of energy transition, lithium (Li) has gained an enormous notoriety and it has been brought to the foreground by global politics. The Lithium Triangle (tríangulo del litio), a transnational region close to the Andes mountain range and shared by Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, is believed to contend more than 70% of the world’s lithium reserves. As part of the Triangle, the Salar de Uyuni, an enormous salt flat in the Bolivian highlands, is estimated to have around 21 million tons of lithium, turning the country into the biggest reservoirs of lithium worldwide. Although the state projects to produce and commercialize high amounts of the mineral, the current plant still extracts very low amounts of lithium due to techno-political, natural and managerial conundrums. Hitherto, the mineral still (merely) represents a promise for the future in Bolivia.

In this project, I address the calculations, anticipations, and imaginations around lithium extraction in Bolivia. Through the lens of what I call ‘technologies of anticipation’, I aim to shed light to the professional forecasters as experts in seeing, determining, and calculating underground wealth. By ‘technologies of anticipation’ I refer to technical and political tools such as calculations, mappings, and modellings, but also policy papers and development plans which aim to produce certainty and knowledge on the lithium’s wealth in the underground.


Artikel in Fachzeitschfriften


 Coping with Extortion. On Violence, Parasites, and Water Infrastructures in Buenaventura, Colombia. Journal of Illicit Economies and Development 4(3): 296- 309. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31389/jied.124


Construir y reparar frente al desabastecimiento: estado, provisión de agua e infraestructura en Buenaventura, Colombia. Revista Colombiana de Antropología 58 (2):105-129. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22380/2539472X.2125




 Reparieren im Globalen Süden am Beispiel der Wasserinfrastruktur von Buenaventura, Kolumbien. In: Reparieren. Stiftung Deutsches Technisches Museum [in Press]



 Under Construction. Technologies of Development in Urban Ethiopia (2019) von Daniel Mains Anthropologica 63(1): 1-5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18357/anthropologica6312021340


Landscapes of Freedom. Building a Postemancipation Society in the Rainforests of Western Colombia (2018). H-Soz-Kult, 22.05.2018

URL: https://www.hsozkult.de/review/id/reb-27062


Erinnerung und Intersektionalität. Frauen als Opfer der argentinischen Staatsrepression (1975-1983) (2017) von Verónica Ada Abrego. CROLAR 6 (2): 28-30.


Andere Publikationen




“Posconflicto” y narrativas del terror en el Pacífico colombiano

Kolumbien Blog: Frieden im Fokus




Diarios de Covid. Desigualdad e infraestructura en Colombia

Latin American Perspectives: