Victor Gimenez Aliaga

Areas of Interest: 
Political and legal anthropology; activism and social movements; anthropology of ethics; economic anthropology; public space and the city; the political imagination; neoliberalism and globalization; digital media and infrastructures; Spain and Catalonia.

I am an Anthropology Ph.D. student at Rice University. Originally from Valencia, Spain, I hold Spanish degrees (Licenciatura) in Law, Humanities, and Anthropology. After graduating in Law at Universidad Cardenal Herrera–CEU (Valencia) in 2001, I worked as a lawyer for three years at the firm Uría Menéndez. In 2005 I was selected by ICEX (the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade) for its international training program, as a part of which I received a Master’s degree in International Business Administration and spent the next two years working as a market analyst in New York. Upon returning to Spain, I graduated from University of Valencia with a Master’s degree in Cooperation for Development (2009) and with a degree in Humanities (2011), which included academic exchanges at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). My Master’s thesis comparatively examined the policies of support of cooperativism in Latin America and Spain. After moving to Barcelona in 2010, I graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2012 and was subsequently awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct graduate studies in Anthropology in the United States.

With the support of a Fulbright grant, I joined Rice Anthropology in the Fall of 2013. In my current dissertation research, I am interested in the changes emerging in Spanish political culture since the 15M (or Indignados) movement in 2011 and the new horizons of possibility it opened. Specifically, while doing ethnographic research in Barcelona, I investigate the complex constellation of movements and initiatives that question and attempt to reinvent at the city scale what “the political” and “real democracy” are, both through self-organized, grassroots projects and practices—like the reappropriation of public spaces and the experimentation with cooperative and participative forms of organization and sociality—and through institutional politics.
Victor Gimenez Aliaga
Graduate Student