Dr Luis Angosto Ferrández

PhD Queen's University of Belfast, MPhil University College Cork, BA (Licenciatura) Universidad de Granada
Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, and the Department of Anthropology.

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2557

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Biographical details

After graduating from the University of Granada (Spain) in Political Science and holding an Erasmus studentship at University College Cork, I completed an MPhil in Folklore and Ethnology at this very Irish University. For my MPhil I conducted fieldwork in Jerez de la Frontera, while analysing the role of the flamenco tradition in contemporary processes of identity boundary demarcation between local and foreign populations. I then completed my PhD in Social Anthropology at Queen’s University of Belfast, with a thesis that, articulating scholarly enquiry around the concepts of ethnicity, citizenship and indigenous political organisation, examined the relations between the Venezuelan state and indigenous peoples in the context of the Bolivarian political process. For my doctoral research I conducted a year and a half of fieldwork in Venezuela, principally based in a Pemon community of the Gran Sabana. After doctoral graduation I returned to Venezuela and worked for five years at the Bolivarian University in Ciudad Bol'var, while also conducting further research in the country.

Research interests

My current research analyses, from a comparative perspective, the relationships between indigenous peoples and the state in Latin America, and particularly in countries where state reform is adopting socialist leanings (including Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua). In this research there is a concern with studying, from and anthropological perspective, individual and collective political agency in power struggles that are structured through discourses of ethnicity (particularly around the concept of ?indigeneity?) and race. Beyond scholarly enquiry, this analysis is also undertaken as the grounding of thought and discussion that, in applied terms, envisages ways of strengthening civic forms of cohabitation and democratic organisation in the contemporary polis.

  • Indigenous peoples and the state in Latin America (social movements, statecraft)
  • Ethnicity and race (notions, constructions and uses of ethnic and racial identities)
  • Multiculturalism and plurinationality (politics of recognition, politics of redistribution and citizenship)
  • Political agency and organisation (individual and group stratagems, social change, electoral processes)
  • Ethnographic and participatory research methods

Teaching and supervision

Current PhD projects and candidates

Project: The sexual and reproductive experiences of women living in the south of Costa Rica

Candidate: Carolina Quesada
Role: Associate Supervisor; Dr Cynthia Hunter, Principal Supervisor

Project:

Intercultural Health at the Frontier of Expanding Nation-States: The Contested Amazonian Border Region of Ecuador and Peru. This project examines the hybridisation between indigenous and western medical practice in communities experiencing the expansion of modernity from the nation-state centres of Ecuador and Peru into the remote, jungle regions of these nations' territories

Candidate: Christian Tym

Role: Associate Supervisor; Dr Vek Lewis, Principal Supervisor

Project:
Decentralisation of indigenous policy in cross-border regions (Chile, Bolivia and Peru)

Candidate: Dante Choque
Role: Associate Supervisor; Dr Fernanda Peñaloza, Principal Supervisor

Current MPhil projects and candidates
Project: Self-determination, colonialism and capitalism: an examination of Australian, Spanish (Basque country) and Bolivian cases
Candidate: Rachel Evans
Role: Co-supervisor (with Dr Barrie Wharton)

In the media

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Democracy, Revolution, and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent. New York, United States: Routledge.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L., Kradolfer, S. (2012). Everlasting Countdowns: Race, Ethnicity and National Censuses in Latin American States. Newcastle upon Tyne (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2014). Democracy, Revolution and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent. In Luis Angosto-Ferrandez (Eds.), Democracy, Revolution, and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent, (pp. 1-12). New York, United States: Routledge.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2014). Indigenous Peoples, Populist Logics and Polarization: Understanding the Pivotal Role of Indigeneity in Venezuelan Elections. In Luis Angosto-Ferrandez (Eds.), Democracy, Revolution, and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent, (pp. 119-146). New York, United States: Routledge.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2014). Ordering Discontent: Domestic and International Dynamics of the Bolivarian Revolution. In Luis Angosto-Ferrandez (Eds.), Democracy, Revolution, and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent, (pp. 177-194). New York, United States: Routledge.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). National Censuses and Indigeneity in Venezuela. In Luis Fernando Angosto Ferrandez and Sabine Kradolfer (Eds.), Everlasting Countdowns: Race, Ethnicity and National Censuses in Latin American States, (pp. 221-263). Newcastle upon Tyne (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L., Kradolfer, S. (2012). Race, Ethnicity and National Censuses in Latin American States: Comparative Perspectives. In Luis Fernando Angosto Ferrandez and Sabine Kradolfer (Eds.), Everlasting Countdowns: Race, Ethnicity and National Censuses in Latin American States, (pp. 1-40). Newcastle upon Tyne (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2007). Demarcacion de tierras y el concepto de territorio en el pueblo Pemon: efectos de un proceso de textualizacion. In Lino Meneses Pacheco, Gladys Gordones Rojas, Jacqueline Clarac (Eds.), Lecturas Antropologicas de Venezuela, (pp. 453-460). Merida, Venezuela: Editorial Venezolana C.A.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2007). Translating Territories: Mapping Codes of Power among the Pemon People, Venezuela. In Stephen Kelly, David Johnston (Eds.), Betwixt and Between: Place and Cultural Translation, (pp. 108-121). Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2007). Translating territories: mapping codes of power among the Pemon people, Venezuela. In Stephen Kelly, David Johnston (Eds.), Betwixt and Between: Place and Cultural Translation, (pp. 108-121). Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journals

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Anthropology, humanism and civic responsibilities: a conversation with Thomas Hylland Eriksen. AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (Journal of Iberoamerican Anthropology), 8(2), 1-20. [More Information]
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Mundo perdido, paraiso encontrado: lugar, identidad y produccion
en la Gran Sabana, Venezuela (Lost world, found paradise: Place, identity and production in Gran Sabana, Venezuela). Revista Colombiana de Antropologia, 49(1), 11-43.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Ways of living: Tim Ingold on culture, biology and the anthropological task. AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (Journal of Iberoamerican Anthropology), 8(3), 285-301.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Ways of living: Tim Ingold on culture, biology and the anthropological task. AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (Journal of Iberoamerican Anthropology), 8(3), 285-302. [More Information]
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Indigenous Participation and Representation in Venezuelan Electoral Processese (Participacion y representacion indigena en los procesos electorales venezolanos). America Latina Hoy, 60, 153-182.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). The omnivorous science: Jean and John Comaroff on the politics of anthropology, capitalism and contemporary states. AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (Journal of Iberoamerican Anthropology), 7(3), 272-296.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2011). La competencia por la representacion indigena en las elecciones venezolanas (2004- 2010). Cuestiones Politicas, 27(6), 13-54.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2010). Pueblos indigenas, multiculturalismo y la nueva geometria del poder en Venezuela. Cuadernos del CENDES, 27(73), 97-132.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2009). Bolívar, espejo de la revolución: los comicios regionales (2008) en Guayana. Revista Venezolana de Economía y Ciencias Sociales, 15(3), 13-35.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2009). Bolivar, espejo de la revolucion: los comicios regionales (2008) en Guayana. Revista Venezolana de Economia y Ciencias Sociales, 15(3), 13-35.
  • Angosto, L. (2009). Donde lo pemon se torna indigena: perspectivas etnograficas para el estudio de las politicas etnicas y la conciencia colectiva. Antropologica, Tomo LIII(111-112), 13-34.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2008). Pueblos indigenas, guaicaipurismo y socialismo del siglo XXI en Venezuela. Antropologica, Tomo LII(110), 9-33.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2002). On the relationship between anthropology and literature, with a brief examination of Mario Vargas Llosa's El Hablador. Beascna, 1(2002), 101-116.

Conferences

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Cosmopolitics, neoliberalism and capitalist earth-beings: some reflections before we go (even further away) beyond "modern politics". A post-human world? Rethinking Anthropology and the Human Condition, Australia: Anthropology Department, University of Sydney.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). From "cafe con leche" to "o cafe o leche": race, ethnicity and national identity in contemporary Venezuela. 31st International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington DC, USA.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Is there an indigenous movement in Venezuela? Civil society, the state and ideologically diverging political interest in indigenous activism. Xth AILASA Biennial Conference, Victoria University, Wellington.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Material and immaterial human mobility: the link between identity and material production as an argument against culturalism in the analysis of human conflict. Australian Anthropological Society Conference 2012, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Procesos productivos y diversificacion identitaria en la Gran Sabana, Venezuela:algunos problemas de la dicotomizacion "indigena" vs "non-indigena". 3rd Latin American Congress of Anthropology (ALA 2012), Santiago, Chile.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Race and ethnic categorisation in Latin American censuses (19th, 20th and 21st centuries): perspectives for comparative analysis. Sydney University Research Community for Latin America, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Towards a culture of materialism in human rights: arguments for socialising environments and their relation to human diversities. Culture and Rights: scepticism, hostility and mutuality Conference, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2011). Anthropology, politics and heritage: the relations between man and territory in defence of cultural heritage'. Seventh Cycle of Conferences Catedra Arzobispo Loazes, Sede Universitaria de Orihuela, Universidad de Alicante.

Other

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2010), Actores y estrategias en el movimiento indigena venezolano, 1998-2010: de la sociedad civil al aparato estatal.

2014

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2014). Democracy, Revolution and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent. In Luis Angosto-Ferrandez (Eds.), Democracy, Revolution, and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent, (pp. 1-12). New York, United States: Routledge.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2014). Indigenous Peoples, Populist Logics and Polarization: Understanding the Pivotal Role of Indigeneity in Venezuelan Elections. In Luis Angosto-Ferrandez (Eds.), Democracy, Revolution, and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent, (pp. 119-146). New York, United States: Routledge.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2014). Ordering Discontent: Domestic and International Dynamics of the Bolivarian Revolution. In Luis Angosto-Ferrandez (Eds.), Democracy, Revolution, and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent, (pp. 177-194). New York, United States: Routledge.

2013

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Anthropology, humanism and civic responsibilities: a conversation with Thomas Hylland Eriksen. AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (Journal of Iberoamerican Anthropology), 8(2), 1-20. [More Information]
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Cosmopolitics, neoliberalism and capitalist earth-beings: some reflections before we go (even further away) beyond "modern politics". A post-human world? Rethinking Anthropology and the Human Condition, Australia: Anthropology Department, University of Sydney.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Democracy, Revolution, and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent. New York, United States: Routledge.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). From "cafe con leche" to "o cafe o leche": race, ethnicity and national identity in contemporary Venezuela. 31st International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington DC, USA.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Mundo perdido, paraiso encontrado: lugar, identidad y produccion
en la Gran Sabana, Venezuela (Lost world, found paradise: Place, identity and production in Gran Sabana, Venezuela). Revista Colombiana de Antropologia, 49(1), 11-43.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Ways of living: Tim Ingold on culture, biology and the anthropological task. AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (Journal of Iberoamerican Anthropology), 8(3), 285-301.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2013). Ways of living: Tim Ingold on culture, biology and the anthropological task. AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (Journal of Iberoamerican Anthropology), 8(3), 285-302. [More Information]

2012

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L., Kradolfer, S. (2012). Everlasting Countdowns: Race, Ethnicity and National Censuses in Latin American States. Newcastle upon Tyne (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Indigenous Participation and Representation in Venezuelan Electoral Processese (Participacion y representacion indigena en los procesos electorales venezolanos). America Latina Hoy, 60, 153-182.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Is there an indigenous movement in Venezuela? Civil society, the state and ideologically diverging political interest in indigenous activism. Xth AILASA Biennial Conference, Victoria University, Wellington.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Material and immaterial human mobility: the link between identity and material production as an argument against culturalism in the analysis of human conflict. Australian Anthropological Society Conference 2012, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). National Censuses and Indigeneity in Venezuela. In Luis Fernando Angosto Ferrandez and Sabine Kradolfer (Eds.), Everlasting Countdowns: Race, Ethnicity and National Censuses in Latin American States, (pp. 221-263). Newcastle upon Tyne (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Procesos productivos y diversificacion identitaria en la Gran Sabana, Venezuela:algunos problemas de la dicotomizacion "indigena" vs "non-indigena". 3rd Latin American Congress of Anthropology (ALA 2012), Santiago, Chile.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Race and ethnic categorisation in Latin American censuses (19th, 20th and 21st centuries): perspectives for comparative analysis. Sydney University Research Community for Latin America, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L., Kradolfer, S. (2012). Race, Ethnicity and National Censuses in Latin American States: Comparative Perspectives. In Luis Fernando Angosto Ferrandez and Sabine Kradolfer (Eds.), Everlasting Countdowns: Race, Ethnicity and National Censuses in Latin American States, (pp. 1-40). Newcastle upon Tyne (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). The omnivorous science: Jean and John Comaroff on the politics of anthropology, capitalism and contemporary states. AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (Journal of Iberoamerican Anthropology), 7(3), 272-296.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2012). Towards a culture of materialism in human rights: arguments for socialising environments and their relation to human diversities. Culture and Rights: scepticism, hostility and mutuality Conference, University of Sydney, Australia.

2011

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2011). Anthropology, politics and heritage: the relations between man and territory in defence of cultural heritage'. Seventh Cycle of Conferences Catedra Arzobispo Loazes, Sede Universitaria de Orihuela, Universidad de Alicante.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2011). La competencia por la representacion indigena en las elecciones venezolanas (2004- 2010). Cuestiones Politicas, 27(6), 13-54.

2010

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2010), Actores y estrategias en el movimiento indigena venezolano, 1998-2010: de la sociedad civil al aparato estatal.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2010). Pueblos indigenas, multiculturalismo y la nueva geometria del poder en Venezuela. Cuadernos del CENDES, 27(73), 97-132.

2009

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2009). Bolívar, espejo de la revolución: los comicios regionales (2008) en Guayana. Revista Venezolana de Economía y Ciencias Sociales, 15(3), 13-35.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2009). Bolivar, espejo de la revolucion: los comicios regionales (2008) en Guayana. Revista Venezolana de Economia y Ciencias Sociales, 15(3), 13-35.
  • Angosto, L. (2009). Donde lo pemon se torna indigena: perspectivas etnograficas para el estudio de las politicas etnicas y la conciencia colectiva. Antropologica, Tomo LIII(111-112), 13-34.

2008

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2008). Pueblos indigenas, guaicaipurismo y socialismo del siglo XXI en Venezuela. Antropologica, Tomo LII(110), 9-33.

2007

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2007). Demarcacion de tierras y el concepto de territorio en el pueblo Pemon: efectos de un proceso de textualizacion. In Lino Meneses Pacheco, Gladys Gordones Rojas, Jacqueline Clarac (Eds.), Lecturas Antropologicas de Venezuela, (pp. 453-460). Merida, Venezuela: Editorial Venezolana C.A.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2007). Translating Territories: Mapping Codes of Power among the Pemon People, Venezuela. In Stephen Kelly, David Johnston (Eds.), Betwixt and Between: Place and Cultural Translation, (pp. 108-121). Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2007). Translating territories: mapping codes of power among the Pemon people, Venezuela. In Stephen Kelly, David Johnston (Eds.), Betwixt and Between: Place and Cultural Translation, (pp. 108-121). Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2002

  • Angosto Ferrandez, L. (2002). On the relationship between anthropology and literature, with a brief examination of Mario Vargas Llosa's El Hablador. Beascna, 1(2002), 101-116.

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