- Dr Ainhoa Montoya
- BA (hons) [Universidad Autónoma de Madrid]; MPhil [University of Cambridge]; PhD [University of Manchester]
- Lecturer in Latin American Studies / ESRC Future Research Leader
- Institute of Latin American Studies
- 020 7862 8875
- Email address:
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
Date Details 01-Dec-2015 The Turn of the Offended: Clientelism in the Wake of El Salvador’s 2009 Elections
Social Analysis (Affective States: Entanglements, Suspensions, Suspicions) 59(4): 101–118.
01-Aug-2015 The Value of Open Access in Anthropology and Beyond
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
Edited with Marta Pérez, Grégory Dallemagne and Víctor del Arco.
01-Jan-2014 Introduction: Ethnographies of the Opportunities and Risks of Neoliberalisation
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Name Activity Member of staff of FLACSO España ("miembro titular") Honorary Research Fellow - Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
- Relevant 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