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Future Perspectives: Research on decolonization or decolonizing research?

Dr. Genner Llanes OrtizGenner Llanes

Universidad Leiden, Países Bajos

Genner Llanes Ortiz from Yucatán, Mexico, is currently assistant professor at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Indigenous epistemologies and different forms of using indigenous heritage are his main research areas. He is also known for studying the connection between indigenous artistic expressions and digital activism (anti-racism, decolonization and language revitalization). Genner Llanes Ortiz combines academic research about current endeavours of decolonization with an explicit decolonizing methodology.


Dr. Xóchitl Leyva SolanoXLeyva

CIESAS, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México

Xóchitl Leyva Solano from Chiapas, Mexico is a political activist and academic researcher, who studies power relations and social movements through the lens of political anthropology. Within recent years she dedicated special attention to the indigenous Zapatista-movement, following a collaborative approach with marginalized groups, revealing “otros conocimientos” (‘other knowledge’) and at the same time questioning language, theories and paradigms of western academia.


The ambivalent future of European ethnographic museums: between critical studies of provenience
and the struggle for legitimization

Dr. Maike PowroznikMPowroznik

Museo de Antropología, Universidad Zürich, Suiza

Working at the Museum of Anthropology of the University of Zurich, Maike Powroznik’s main focus lies among anthropology of movement, anthropology of photography, material culture and practical knowledge. She curated the exhibition “Trinkkultur – Kultgetränk” (approximate translation: ʽCulture of drinking – cult drink‘).



Dr. Juan Villanueva CrialesJVillanueva

UMSA, Museo Nacional de Etnografía y Folklore, La Paz, Bolivia

Juan Villanueva leads the research section of the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (Museo Nacional de Etnografía y Folklore, MUSEF) and teaches at the University of San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia. The Andes are his geographical research focus, while thematically discussing the material culture and (archaeological) construction of ethnicity.



Indigenous imaginaries of the future

Dr. habil. Justyna OlkoJOlko

Universidad Varsovia, Polonia

Justyna Olko is professor at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw; director of the Center for Research and Practice in Cultural Continuity. She specializes in the ethnohistory, anthropology and sociolinguistics of pre-Hispanic and colonial Mesoamerica, with a special focus on participatory and decolonizing research practices. Justyna Olko is also involved in the revitalisation of the Nahuatl language and works with researchers and activists committed to revitalizing endangered languages of ethnic minorities in Poland.


New approaches in the study of the past: “Future” as a broader topic for the understanding of past’s presents?

Dr. Nicholas Dunning

Cincinnaty University, Ohio, EEUU

Nicholas Dunning teaches and investigates as a geographer and environmental archeologist with the main focus on the Maya Classic epoch. His special concern is about the question of human adaptation to environmental change. Among his central research are studies about water management in Maya centers during the late classic as well as geo-archeological studies.

Dr. Eduardo NevesENeves

Museo de Arqueología y Antropología de la Universidad São Paulo, Center for Amerindian Studies

The systematic research of Eduardo Neves between 1990 and the years 2000 about the highly productive terra preta soils in the Amazon region changed fundamentally our perspective on human settlements of this region before the European colonization. Furthermore, he amplified the source spectrum and the frame of interpretation of Amazonian archeology by documenting the oral tradition of indigenous Tukanoan and indigenous Palikur people, which proved a permanent presence over many centuries and thus rewrote the history of the colonization of the Amazon.


Future worth living: Reclaiming social, political, economic and human rights in urban and rural contexts in the Americas

Dr. Iván Velásquez GómezIVG

CICIG, Guatemala

Iván Velásquez Gómez is a highly appreciated and honored consultant in terms of the fight against corruption in Guatemala and Colombia. Among many other awards, he recently received the Right Livelihood Award, known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize” in 2018. Since 2013 he has been directing the Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala, dismantling corrupt structures lead by members of the highest level of politicians in Guatemala.