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Belén Díaz

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Freie Universität Berlin

ZI Lateinamerika-Institut

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

PhD Candidate - IRTG "Temporalities of Future in Latin America"

Adresse
ZI Lateinamerika-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin
Projekthaus Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin

Academic Positions  

 
Since 05.2019

Researcher

International Research Training Group "Temporalities of Future in Latin America: Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation"

Institute for Latin American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin)

10.2018 – 04.2019

Researcher and Lecturer

Institute for Latin American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin)

Department of Sociology - Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa

Education

 
Since 10.2018

PhD Candidate in Sociology (Freie Universität Berlin)

Working title: Struggles for Hegemony in the 21st Century. The Renewal of the Latin American Right

10.2014 – 09.2017 

M.A. in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin)

Area of specialization: "Transformation and Development" (Sociology)

Thesis: Struggles for Hegemony in the 21st Century. The Renewal of the Latin American Right during the "Pink Tide"

10.2011 – 09.2014

B.A. in Sociology (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

Minor: Social and Cultural Anthropology

Thesis: Identity Constructions and (De-)Coloniality. The Path of the Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement towards the Plurinational State

Academic Experience

 
Teaching   
10.2018 – 03.2019 Master’s course "Interdisciplinary Latin American Research" (Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)
Research stays  

07. – 12.2019

Universidade de São Paulo (USP) (São Paulo - Brazil)  

Presentations   
 22. – 25.10.2019

Opening Conference of the International Research Training Group "Temporalities of Future in Latin America: Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation" (Colegio de México)

Title: New Right in Plural, Social Media and Polarization. Reading the Latin American Political Situation from the Brazilian Experience

 15.06.2019

Panel Discussion "Turn to the Right in Latin America" at the "Long Night of the Sciences" (Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)

Title: Social Media and the New Right 

 05.06.2019

Master’s Lecture "The Latin American Future: Authoritarianism, Populism and the Struggle for Political Participation" (Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)

Title: The New Right in Plural in Latin America: Transnational Networks and Digital Media

07.05.2019

Second Research Conference on the Andean Region, Panel: Ecuador (trAndeS)

Presentation: Struggles for Hegemony in the 21st Century. The Renewal of the Right in Latin America

27. – 28.04.2018

Planning of the II International Colloquium "Thinking Ecuador from abroad, thinking about the world from Ecuador" (Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)

Title: Struggles for Hegemony in the 21st Century. The Renewal of the Latin American Right

12.07.2017

Master’s Lecture "Populism in Latin America: Continuities and Disruptions" (Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)

Title: New Right Wing, Political Campaigns and “the New Latin American Electorate”

23. – 24.06.2017

5th Interdisciplinary Conference of Young Academics of the German Working Group for Latin American Research (ADLAF)

Title: New Right and Political Campaigns. How Are "the New Latin American Voters" Being Interpellated?

Since 03.2017

Peer Reviewer of the Social Science Journal "Theorein" (Catholic University Ecuador, PUCE)

Internships

 
09. – 11.2015

Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Berlin - Germany)

Department for Latin America and the Caribbean

03. – 04.2014

Ministry of Political Administration (Secretaría Nacional de Gestión de la Política) (Quito - Ecuador)

Department for Interculturality 

Memberships

 
02.2015 – 01.2017 Student Representative at the Council of the Institute for Latin American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin)
10.2014 – 09.2017 Member of the Students Association of the Institute for Latin American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin)

Scholarships

 
09. – 12.2017 Predoctoral Scholarship of the International Research Training Group "Between Spaces. Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation" (Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin), granted by the German Research Association (DFG)
10.2011 – 09.2016 Scholarship of the "Program for Excellent Graduates of German Schools Abroad", granted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
01. – 02.2009 Scholarship of the "Support Initiative for Partner Schools and German Schools Abroad" (Universität des Saarlandes), granted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Language Skills

 
Spanish Mother Tongue
English Proficient
German Proficient
Portuguese Proficient

Winter term 2018/19

Interdisziplinäre Lateinamerikaforschung (Master’s course "Interdisciplinary Latin American Research”) 

Research fields

  • Political Sociology
  • Latin American Studies
  • New Right
  • Qualitative Research



PhD project "Struggles for Hegemony in the 21st Century: The Renewal of the Latin American Right"

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa

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. 



Proyecto doctoralLuchas por la hegemonía en el siglo XXI: La renovación de las derechas en América Latina”

Director de tesis: Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa

Este proyecto investiga el aggiornamento de las derechas en América Latina, poniendo énfasis en cómo los actores de esta tendencia política participan en las luchas por la hegemonía contemporáneas a través de discursos y mecanismos de movilización innovadores. Me interesan, sobre todo, aquellos actores que nacen fuera de espacios partidarios tradicionales y circulan entre campos heterogéneos, de modo que construyen lógicas y prácticas políticas hasta cierto punto sui generis. Específicamente, exploro los cambios en las formas y procesos de representación, movilización y construcción de sujetos políticos de derecha. Para ello, contemplo el exitoso caso del Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL), una organización de jóvenes activistas fundada en 2014 que lideró las protestas a favor de la destitución de Dilma Rousseff. Con base en entrevistas en profundidad y observación participante, analizo cómo han surgido culturas políticas rejuvenecidas y gramáticas políticas multilocalizadas entre las redes sociales y las calles. En este sentido, dicha investigación contribuye a llenar un vacío en la literatura sobre el cambio político en América Latina, la cual a principios de siglo se concentró en la "marea rosa", de tal forma que soslayó las estrategias de las derechas. En suma, el estudio de caso del MBL sirve como un exponente pivotante para aportar al debate sobre el avance transnacional de las derechas en la región y el mundo desde una perspectiva interdisciplinaria nutrida principalmente por la sociología política.