Dr Ainhoa Montoya

Contact details

Name:
Dr Ainhoa Montoya
Qualifications:
BA (hons) [Universidad Autónoma de Madrid]; MPhil [University of Cambridge]; PhD [University of Manchester]
Position:
Lecturer in Latin American Studies / ESRC Future Research Leader
Institute:
Institute of Latin American Studies
Phone:
020 7862 8875
Email address:
ainhoa.montoya@sas.ac.uk
Website:
https://sas.academia.edu/AinhoaMontoya

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Globalization & Development, Human rights, Politics
Research keywords:
The anthropology of violence and conflict, the anthropology of democracy, the ethnography of the state, legal anthropology, human rights, transitional justice and memory, extractive industries, political economy
Summary of research interests and expertise:

My research focuses on post-conflict violence and conflicts over natural resources.

My forthcoming book The Violence of Democracy: Unraveling Political Life in Post-War El Salvador explores ethnographically how Salvadorans have made sense of a violent peace and the political life of their country in the context of a liberal market democracy. Based on research coinciding with the 2009 elections, the book demonstrates how various forms of violence have become entangled with democracy-related imaginaries and practices in post-war El Salvador.

My current research, funded by an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship, examines the legal cultures at work in the realm of mineral governance in Central America. The goal of this research is to achieve an understanding of the relationship between the legal and the moral as it plays out in environmental politics. This project involves fieldwork with some of the actors in Central America, as well as Washington DC, Geneva and London, who are shaping these legal cultures.

I have also acted as an expert witness in asylum appeal cases in the UK involving Salvadorans.

 

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Dec-2015 The Turn of the Offended: Clientelism in the Wake of El Salvador’s 2009 Elections

Journal articles

 Social Analysis (Affective States: Entanglements, Suspensions, Suspicions) 59(4): 101–118.

01-Aug-2015 The Value of Open Access in Anthropology and Beyond

Journal articles

 Anthropology in Action, 22(2): 42–48.

 With Grégory Dallemagne, Víctor del Arco and Marta Pérez.

01-Oct-2014 FAQs about Open Access: The Political Economy of Knowledge in Anthropology and Beyond

Conference papers

Edited with Marta Pérez, Grégory Dallemagne and Víctor del Arco. 

01-Jan-2014 Introduction: Ethnographies of the Opportunities and Risks of Neoliberalisation

Articles

Anthropology Matters, 15(1), pp. 1–15.

01-Jan-2013 The Violence of Cold War Polarities and the Fostering of Hope: The 2009 Elections in Post-War El Salvador

Chapters

In Jennifer L. Burrel and Ellen Moodie, eds. Central America in the New Millennium: Living Transition and Reimagining Democracy. New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 49–63.

01-Jan-2011 Review: El Salvador in the Aftermath of Peace: Crime, Uncertainty and the Transition to Democracy, by Ellen Moodie

Review

The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 16(2), pp. 458–460.

Research Projects & Supervisions

Current PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
From: 01-Oct-2016
Until:
Lessons from Post-War El Salvador: What Lies in Store for Colombia in the Aftermath of the Peace Process?

 Tatiana Suárez. Co-supervised with Prof. Linda Newson.

From: 01-Oct-2015
Until:
Autodefensas in Latin America - 'Self-defence' Groups and the Contestation of Citizenship and State-Society Relations in Mexico and Colombia

 Alexander Curry (funded by a LAHP AHRC grant). Co-supervised with Prof. Linda Newson.

From: 01-May-2015
Until:
Historical Memory and Political Action: An Anthropological Perspective of Spain’s and Argentina’s Processes

 María Laura Martín Chiappe (funded by an FPU grant). Co-supervised with Prof. Francisco Ferrándiz.

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Member of staff of FLACSO España ("miembro titular")
Honorary Research Fellow - Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
20-May-2016 Resource Entanglements: Disparate Narratives on Natural Resource Extraction in Latin America

 Funded by the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London.

16-Oct-2014 FAQs about Open Access: The Political Economy of Knowledge in Anthropology and Beyond

Funded mainly by The Wenner-Gren Foundation: http://www.wennergren.org/grantees/montoya-bermejo-ainhoa

Funded also by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Medialab-Prado, Consorcio Madroño and Madrid Institute of Anthropology.

04-Jun-2013 The Right to Truth, Justice and Reparation in Latin America

Funded by the Human Rights Consortium and the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London.

Other editing/publishing activities:

Date Details
Anthropology Matters - Member of the editorial board / Former editor

El Faro Académico - Member of the editorial board

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