Miriam Boyer

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Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut

Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz

desiguALdades.net: Postdoctoral Researcher (01/09/2014 - 30/04/2016)

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Potsdamer Str. 37
10785 Berlin, Germany

September 2014 - present

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (IAI), Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz

Research project in desiguALdades.net Research Cluster 3: Global Valorization of Nature

2009-2013

Ph.D. (summa cum laude), Sociology and Social Sciences, Columbia University und Freie Universität Berlin

2007-2009

M.Phil., Sociology, Columbia University

2006-2009

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Fellowship in Globalization and Development, US National Science Foundation

2005-2007

M.A., Sociology, Columbia University

2001-2002

Fulbright Fellow, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

1997-2001

B.A., Sociology and Latin American Studies, Princeton University

The desiguALdades.net Research Cluster 3: Global Valorization of Nature at the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (IAI) is currently studying (together with the Deutsches Institute für Entwicklungsforschung, DIE) the transformations in nature-society relations from the perspective of how the valorization of nature is reconfiguring multiple social inequalities in various contexts in Latin America. In the second phase of the research network, a synthesis publication titled ‘Global Valorization of Nature, Inequalities and Limits of Redistribution’ is being carried out. My research in the synthesis effort focuses on the valorization process from the perspective of material dimensions of nature and their reconfiguration of various social relations, including the labor process and production, social conflicts, and the changing role of the state. This work builds upon previous research on molecular biotechnologies and the relationship between production and reproduction in the history of agriculture.

  • Boyer, Miriam (forthcoming, 2015), “Revisiting Accounts of Agricultural Industrialization in the Social Sciences. Insights from the Perspective of Plant Reproduction”, in: Environment and Society: Advances in Research 6, New York and Oxford: Berghahn.
  • Boyer, Miriam 2014 (in press), “Molecular Biotechnologies and Agriculture: Insights on Production through the Lens of Reproduction,” in: van der Pijl, Kees (ed.): International Political Economy of Production, London: Elgar, 473-789
  • Boyer, Miriam (2014): “La privatización de las semillas a través de las leyes y su defensa. Una perspectiva transatlántica”, Study written for Brot für die Welt, Berlin.
  • Boyer, Miriam (2011): “Productive Forces in Agriculture: Political Economy and Political Ecology”, in: Das Argument. Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften (Besprechung) 293, 2011.
  • Boyer, Miriam (2009): “Widersprüchliche Entbettung historischer Naturverhältnisse: Saatgut, Klimawandel und bäuerlicher Widerstand”, in: Das Argument. Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften 283, 475-557.
  • Boyer, Miriam (2006): “Solidarische Vergesellschaftung indigener Gemeinden in Chiapas, Mexiko”,  in: Altvater, Elmar und Sekler, Nicola (eds.): Solidarische Ökonomie, Hamburg: VSA.
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