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Senior Fellows

2019

Daniel Cefaï

Daniel Cefaï is a PhD in Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences) where he is also a Professor. Besides his production on the field of sociology of public spaces and mobilizations, Prof. Cefaï has also a prominent role in introducing North-American pragmatism and the School of Chicago in the French intellectual debate. He also develops a noteworthy contribution regarding the theoretical and methodological discussion about ethnography in Brazil, in permanent dialogue with the Urban Ethnography Nucleus from the Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (Brazilian Centre of Analysis and Planning – Cebrap). Works from acknowledged authors such as Clifford Geertz, George Herbert Mead and Erving Goffman have their French translation by Prof. Cefaï.

At Mecila, Prof. Cefaï develops  an inquiry into the history of ideas through the lens of pragmatism, tracing the birth of the concept of pluralism in the United States. His interest is to clarify the different meanings – cultural, racial and political – that pluralism carries, while noting the context of their emergence and the consequences and controversies stemming from this notion. 

Main discipline: Anthropology

Research areas:
Sociology of the public space, collective mobilizations and public problems
Ethnography of associations and NGOs
Field research methodology
Social Sciences and phenomenology
History of Social Sciences in the USA

Selected publications:
. Books .

Cefaï Daniel; Gardella, Édouard. (2011): L’Urgence sociale en action. Ethnographie du Samusocial de Paris, Paris: La Découverte, (Collection Recherches).
Cefaï Daniel (2007): Pourquoi se mobilise-t-on ? Théories de l’action collective, Paris: La Découverte, 2007 (Collection Recherches).
Cefaï Daniel (2003): L’Enquête de terrain, Paris: La Découverte, (Collection Recherches).

. Edited books .
Cefaï Daniel; Terzi, Cédric (dir.) (2012): L’Expérience des problèmes publics, Paris: Éditions de l’EHESS, (collection Raisons Pratiques, 22).
Cefaï, Daniel; Berger, Mathieu; Gayet-Viaud, Carole (dir.) (2011): Du civil au politique. Ethnographies du vivre ensemble, Bruxelles: Peter Lang.
Cefaï Daniel; Mello, Marco Antônio da Silva; Berocan, Felipe; Veiga, Felipe, Mota, Fábio Reis (org.) (2011): Arenas públicas. Por uma etnografia da vida associativa, Niterói-Rio de Janeiro: EdUFF, 2011.

Raquel Gil Montero

Holds a PhD in History from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. Independent researcher from CONICET, in the Instituto de Historia Argentina y Americana Dr. E. Ravignani (Institute of Argentinian and American History / Universidad de Buenos Aires). Has been granted research fundings from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, María Elena Cassiet Fellowship, the National Geographic Association (USA), from Tyssen, Alexander von Humboldt and Gerda Henkel foudantions and from DAAD and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), among others. Is the director of the journal Población & Sociedad since 2009. Is the vice-president of the Asociación Argentina de Investigadores en Historia (Argentinian Association of History Researchers) since 2017. Has taken part and is part of different institutions and international groups, such as the Panel Científico de Demografía Histórica (Scientific Panel of Historic Demography) of IUSSP (International Union for the Scientific Study of Population) and the Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations 1500-2000 (Amsterdam).

At Mecila prof. Gil Montero is developing her study on labor relations in the colonial context of Latin America, exploring the different forms forced labor acquired, and how “race or “ethnicity” played a role in such organization . She particularly addresses the region of Chacras, present-day Bolivia, in the 17th century, observing the organization of the forced mining labour . 

Main Discipline: History

Research areas:
Colonial labour world
Mining history
History of indigenous population of today’s Bolivia and north  of Argentina between 16th and 19th Centuries.

Recent publications:
Gil Montero, Raquel (2018): “Entre el trabajo libre y forzado: los yanaconas rurales de Charcas (Bolivia) en el siglo XVII”, Colonial Latin American Review, 27 (3).
Gil Montero, Raquel (2018): “Migración y minería en el corregimiento de Carangas (actual Bolivia), siglo XVII”, Jahrbuch für Geschichte Lateinamerikas, vol. 55.
Gil Montero, Raquel (2017): “Regional Impact of Mining Activity during Colonial Times in the Highlands of Southern Bolivia”, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 21 (2).
Gil Montero, Raquel (2015): Ciudades efímeras. El ciclo minero de la plata en Lípez (Bolivia), siglos XVI-XIX. La Paz (2015).

Gabriel Kessler

Gabriel Kessler holds a Doctorate in Sociology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris. He is a Professor at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Argentina and a researcher at CONICET. Prof. Kessler was awarded a Konex prize in Sociology due to his trajectory along the decade of 2004-2015. His research field comprises the social question, inequality and violence. Among his books are “La Nueva Pobreza en la Argentina” (con A. Minujin), “La Experiencia escolar fragmentada”; “Sociología del delito amateur”, “Neoliberalism and National Imagination (con A. Grimson), “El sentimiento de Inseguridad. Sociología del temor al delito, Individuación, precariedad y riesgo” (con R. Castel), “Controversias sobre la desigualdad” and “Muertes que Importan. Una mirada sociohistórica sobre los casos que marcaron la Argentina receinte” (2018, Siglo XXI).

At Mecila Prof. Kessler develops an investigation about micro social relations in Argentina in comparison with Latin America and the Global South. In this context, he addresses themes such as the differences among social networks across different social groups; the understanding of the concept of social capital; and the forms of sociability where neither capital nor exchange are at stake.

Main Discipline: Sociology

Research areas:
Changes in the social structure of Latin America and social-political reactions

Recent Publications:
Gayol, Sandra; Kessler, Gabriel (2018). Muertes que Importan. Una mirada sociohistórica sobre los casos que marcaron la Argentina reciente. Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI editores.
Kessler, Gabriel; Núñez, Pedro (2017). “La jeunesse rurale en Amérique latine”, in: Problemes d’Amerique Latine. vol. 105, p. 43 – 56.
Kessler, Gabriel (Ed.) (2016). La Sociedad Argentina Hoy. Radiografía de una nueva estructura. Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI editores.
Kessler, Gabriel (2016). “Ideas y acciones en un contexto de cambio constante”, in: Faur, Eleonor (Org.). Repensar la inclusión social. Buenos Aires: Capital Intelectual, p. 49 – 62.

Alejandra Mailhe

Dr. Alejandra Mailhe is an investigator from CONICET and a graduation and undergraduation  professor of the Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Argentina, in the area of “History of social ideas in Argentina and Latin America”.  Her postdoctoral research has been realized at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro) and at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (México D.F.).  She has been awarded the first place in the Scientific Trajectory Awards, granted by the UNLP in 2010. Among other institutions,  Dr. Mailhe is a member of the Instituto de Investigaciones en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (UNLP / CONICET). Her investigation interests are centred in the conceptions projected by intellectuals upon popular cultures in Argentina and Latin America between the end of the 19th Century and the 1950s.

Main Discipline: History

Research areas:
History of social ideas in Argentina and Latin America in the first half of the 20th century
Comparative Latin American studies: Argentina/Brazil/Mexico/Peru
Indigenisms and African-Americanisms
History of Latin American Anthropology
Epistemological paradigm changes: from positivism to culturalism
Aesthetic tensions regarding the ascescion  of avant-garde movements

Selected publications:
Mailhe, Alejandra. “Tópicos discursivos y debates en torno al alcance del concepto de ‘autonomía’ en la Reforma Universitaria” en Cuadernos Americanos. Segunda época, vol. 167, CIALC, UNAM, México, junio de 2019.
Mailhe, Alejandra. “La colección ‘Humanior’ y la formación de un lectorado americanista” en Prismas, Bernal, UNQ, n° 22, 2018.
Mailhe, Alejandra. “El mestizaje indo-hispánico en la educación estética de las masas” en Estudios del ISHIR, Rosario, UNR/CONICET; n° 22, noviembre de 2018.
Mailhe, Alejandra. “Ricardo Rojas: viaje al interior, la cultura popular y el inconsciente” en Anclajes, La Pampa, Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, n° 21, 2017.
Mailhe, Alejandra. Archivos de psiquiatría y criminología (1902-1912): concepciones del sujeto femenino y de la alteridad social. En colección digital “Biblioteca Orbis Tertius”, La Plata, FAHCE, UNLP. bibliotecaorbistertius.fahce.unlp.edu.ar, 2017.

João Reis

João Reis is Full Professor of the History Department of the Federal University of Bahia (Universidade Federal da Bahia). He was a visiting professor at the universities of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Princeton, Brandeis, Texas (Austin), Harvard and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris-France) . He was also a visiting researcher at various institutions: University of London, Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), National Humanities Center (North Carolina-USA), Harvard University, Humboldt Universität (Berlin), among others. He is a Lifetime Foreign Honorary Member of the American Historical Association. He has been a member of the History Advisory Committee of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Brasil (CNPq) on several occasions, of which he is a researcher on the highest level (1A). Among his awards and distinctions, he received in 2014 the Joint Works Prize of the Bahia Academy of Letters (Academia de Letras da Bahia) and in 2017 the Machado de Assis Award of the Brazilian Academy of Letters for his body of work.

At Mecila Prof. Reis works on the subject of slaves who owned slaves on the city of Salvador Bahia in 19th century Salvador, the capital of Bahia province in Brazil. In such context, he analyzes which circumstances allowed the mobility of these slaves to the point of becoming masters.

Main discipline: History

Research areas:
History of the EMpire of Brazil and Atlantic History
Social and culturak history of Africa, slavery and traffic
Slave resistance
Social movements
Attitudes before death

Selected publications:
. Books .
Reis, João (2019): Ganhadores: a greve negra de 1857 na Bahia. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2019.
Reis, João (2015): Divining Slavery and Freedom: The Story of Domingos Sodré, an African Priest in Nineteenth-Century Brazil. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Reis, João; Gomes, Flavio dos Santos ; Carvalho, Marcus (2010): O alufá Rufino: tráfico, escravidão e liberdade no Atlântico negro (c. 1823 – c. 1853). São Paulo: Companhia das Letras.
Reis, João (2008): Domingos Sodré, um sacerdote africano: escravidão, liberdade e candomblé na Bahia do século XIX. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2008.
Reis, João (2003): Death is a Festival: Funeral Rites and Rebellion in Nineteenth-Century Brazil. North Carolina University Press, 2003.
Reis, João (2003): Rebelião Escrava no Brasil: A História do Levante dos Malês em 1835 (Edição revista e ampliada). São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2003.