Edgar Zavala Pelayo
Freie Universität Berlin
Dahlem Research School POINT Fellow
D-14195 Berlin, Germany
|2014-present||Freie Universität Berlin, Lateinamerika-Institut, DRS POINT Fellow|
|2009-2013||(Phd) The University of Edinburgh|
|2007-2008||(MSc) The University of Edinburgh|
|2005-2006||Universidad Pública de Navarra|
|2000-2004||(BA) Universidad de Guanajuato|
Tutor in undergraduate courses, School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh.
"Religion and Politics in Mexico: Foucauldian pastoralism/s and the elite political youth"
In Foucault's view one of the genealogical elements of the modern governmentality in Europe is the set of logics and techniques for the governing of individuals and communities crafted and implemented by the Catholic church from the 4th century on -from the pervasive and intimate control of the individual to a constant surveillance of 'the flock' as a whole.
After an exploratory analysis of the religious and political thoughts of young politicians in Mexico, my research is currently aimed at analysing the presence of a Foucauldian pastoralism, or pastoralisms, among young politicians in Mexico. The research includes a genealogical analysis of the pastoralism/s forged and enforced during the (pervasively religious) colonisation of Mexico and an empirical analysis of potential pastoralism/s in the political rationality of high-ranking members of leftist, centrist and rightist political parties' youth wings in Mexico. The project overall seeks to contribute to the discussions on politics and religions in contemporary societies and the debates on modern and progressive rationality/ies.
Publications (Monographs, Articles, etc.)
(Forthcoming) ‘Nominal openness and epistemic endogamy in ‘global’ and ‘provincialised’ sociologies’. Sociology.
2014, ‘Pastoral Power outside Foucault's Europe: public education and the 'epistemic authority' of social scientists in Mexico’. Journal of Political Power, vol. 7, num. 1, p. 87-106.
2013, ‘Unearthing Durkheim’s buried thesis: religions and scientific classifications’, Estudios en Ciencias Sociales y Administrativas, num. 3, p. 65-85.
2011, ‘Teorías, teorizaciones, tiempo y contextos: un esquema conceptual para analizar teorías sociológicas y lo que hay detrás’ [Theories, theorisations, time and contexts: a conceptual frame to analyse sociological theories and what lies behind], Estudios Sociológicos, El Colegio, de México, Vol. XXIX, num. 85, p. 33-59.
2013, ‘Is benevolence enough? Professional sociologies in México and the issue of epistemic provincialization in global and postcolonial sociologies’. British Sociological Association Early Career Theorists’ Symposium, King’s College London.
2012, 'Are social sciences really secular? The non-secular discourses of secular sociologists in México'. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds.
Invited presentations and workshops
2014, Presentation of doctoral research’s final results, Universidad de Guanajuato
2014, Presentation: ‘How secular, actually, are social science? Sociological discourses and Catholicisms in Mexico’, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes
2012, Presentation: ‘Qualitative research: limitations and suggestions’, Universidad de Celaya
2010, Presentation of doctoral work in progress, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, ITESO
2010, Presentation of doctoral work in progress, Colegio de Estudios Sociales del Estado de Aguascalientes
2008, Workshop: ‘Social Network Analysis: social networks beyond the internet’, Universidad de Guanajuato