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Dr. Sabina Aguilera

Sabina Aguilera

Freie Universität Berlin

ZI Lateinamerikainstitut

Postdoktorandin

Altamerikanistik/Kulturanthropologie

Adresse
Rüdesheimer Straße 54-56
14197 Berlin

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

Studies

2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, Gerda Henkel Stiftung

2012: Associated PhD student at the International Research Training Group, Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2009-2012: PhD in Cultural Anthropology (Magna Cum Laude), Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Conacyt/DAAD Scholarship holder

2006-2008: MPhil in Amerindian Studies (grade: 9/Very good), Leiden University, The Netherlands.  Alban Scholarship holder.

May-July 2007: Textile Identification Course, coordinated by Dr. Gillian Vogelsang, Textile Research Centre, Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, The Netherlands.

2003-2005: Research Seminar “The ways of the Northwest: towards a systemic perspective within an American Indigenous macroregion”, Anthropology Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

1996-2002: BA in Ethnology (Honorary mention), National School of Anthropology and History, Mexico City.

Professional experience

2003-2004: Research assistant for the Seminar “The ways of the Northwest: towards a systemic perspective within an American Indigenous macroregion”, coordinated by Carlo Bonfiglioli, Arturo Gutiérrez, Marie-Areti Hers y María Eugenia Olavarría, Anthropology Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

May-November 1999: Intern and visiting researcher at the Smithsonian Institution to complete a research project focused on textile traditions of Indigenous societies of northern Mexico and Southwestern United States, Washington D.C

Fieldwork

1997-2004: Coyachique, Sierra Tarahumara, Chihuahua, México.

2007-2014: Tarahumara Settlement “Padre Carlos Díaz Infante, S. J.”, Chihuahua City, Mexico.

Awards

2008-2012: DAAD Scholarship to accomplish doctorate programme at the FU Berlin.

2005: Honorary mention, National Prize “Fray Bernardino de Sahagún” for the Best BA thesis in Ethnology given by the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico.

 

Forschungsschwerpunkte

Thematische Schwerpunkte:

  • Textilien
  • Ikonographie
  • Kosmovision

Regionaler Schwerpunkt:

  • Nordwesten Mexikos, Tarahumaras

Postdoktorandenprojekt

Arbeitstitel des Postdoktorandenprojekts

"Unraveling Tarahumara perceptions of landscape through historical documents”

Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kummels

Abstract

Landscape perceptions address matters related to identity, social memory and worldview. Based on an ethnohistorical methodological framework that recognizes the existence of a longue durée structure that encourages the analysis of thought systems and worldviews through time, the interest of this research project is to focus on those perceptions of the Tarahumara or Rarámuri (as they call themselves) people. This Native American people in northern Mexico were firstly mentioned in the 1600’s by the Jesuit missionaries who arrived as part of the Spanish conquest’s expansion project. They put down a considerable amount of detailed information concerning their lives, traditions and beliefs in writing. The aim of this research is to extract from these potentially rich sources (mainly Jesuit missionaries’ reports, accounts and grammars from the XVII and XVIII centuries) terminologies, stories, and oral narratives that voice Rarámuri’s landscape perceptions and practices. The proposal argues that this is possible by means of an ethnohistorical approach which integrates ethnographic research as part of the analytic tools and the inference that we are looking at long duration processes. The project aims at broadening our knowledge on Tarahumara worldview and cognition by exploring this people’s as well as the Jesuit’s landscape conceptions through time. 

Books

  • (2014), Textiles rarámuri: hilos, caminos y el tejido de la vida, Estudios Indiana (6), Berlin: Iberoamerikanisches Institut.

  • (2011), La faja ralámuli, un entramado cosmológico, Mexico, Anthropology Research Institute/Aesthetics Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico.

Articles

  • (accepted), Cruzando por los caminos ralámuli. En: Jansen, Maarten y Valentina Raffa (coords.),Tiempo y comunidad. Resistencias Socio-Culturales en Mesoamérica y Occidente.

  • (2014) “La trama de las fajas”. In: Artes de México (112), México.

  • (2013), “Tejiendo conocimiento y recreando el mundo. Un análisis comparativo de los textiles tarahumaras”, in Gutiérrez del Ángel, Arturo (ed.), Hilando el noroeste, San Luis College, Mexico, p. 47-84.

  • (2011), “De caminos, espejos y fajas. Un análisis comparativo de la iconografía textil tarahumara”, in Bonfiglioli, Carlo, Gutiérrez, Arturo, Olavarría, Ma. Eugenia (eds.) Las Vías del Noroeste 3. Propuesta para una perspectiva sistémica e interdisciplinaria, Anthropology Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico, p. 209-234.
  • (2007), “La greca escalonada en la tarahumara: Una interpretación comparativa”, in Bonfiglioli, Carlo, Gutiérrez, Arturo, Olavarría, Ma. Eugenia (eds.) Las Vías del Noroeste 2. Propuesta para una perspectiva sistémica e interdisciplinaria, Anthropology Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico, p. 461 - 474.
  • (2007), “Mirando a través del espejo, recordando el camino primigenio. Un análisis iconográfico a la luz de la mitología y el ritual de los tarahumaras”, in Indiana (24), Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut/Preussischer Kulturbesitz: Berlin, pp. 235-257.

Papers presented

  • (2014),  “The struggling reality of the Rarámuri People today”. Presented in: Roundtable “Heritage and Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, Leiden University, The Netherlands, June 12-14.

  • (2013), “Tejer el Espacio y el Tiempo. Una comparación de la cosmovisión andina, mesoamericana y norteamericana a través de los textiles”, Tagung “Die Amerikas”, Universität Bonn, 23.-26.05.2013
  • (2010), “Tejer, aprehender y recrear el mundo entre los tarahumara”, presented at the V Jornadas Internacionales sobre Textiles Precolombinos, Barcelona, November 29-December 2.
  • (2009),  “The making of textiles and its metaphors among the Tarahumara”, presented in the Workshop “Visualizing deep identity”, org. Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kummels, Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität, Berlin, May 15 - 16.
  • (2006), (joint paper with Carlo Bonfigioli), “Tarahumara rasping stick and the concept of the cosmic ladder”, presented in the 2nd International Colloquium: “Las vías del noroeste”, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, July.
  • (2001), “La greca escalonada en la iconografía tarahumara”, presented at the Seminario de Investigación “Proceos simbólicos en el noroeste de México”, Anthropology Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico, November.
  • (2001), “La greca escalonada: una primera interpretación de los diseños en los textiles tarahumaras”, SMA International Congress, Zacatecas, Mexico, August.
  • (2000), “El telar en la tarahumara: símbolos, funciones e historia”, presented at the Coloquio: Antropología y Semiótica, National School of Anthropology and History, Mexico City, September 11-14.