Josemaria Becerril Aceves | Contract PhD student

School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Member of the Laboratory of Social Anthropology (LAS).

A graduate of the International Selection in Letters and a graduate in political science from El Colegio de México, Josemaría Becerril Aceves is currently pursuing ethnographic investigations on the daily reports of the Mayan peasantry to the national government, to global markets and to forest entities in the tropical confines of the Yucatán Peninsula (Quintana Roo, Mexico). On this frontier of capitalist extraction, materialized in particular by the recent expansion of state infrastructure, mass tourism and monocultures, he is particularly interested in the role of indigenous peoples in the political, economic and technical arrangements that are ravaging or heal the forest while making the bodies of humans and non-humans work together. Previously, during his bachelor's and master's degrees, he conducted ethnographic research on the state and forensic management of mass deaths during the war on drugs in Mexico. All of his work has led him to consider anthropology as a scientific and political practice at the same time, because it makes it possible to understand situations of conflict, violence or domination and can thus help to transform them.


Biopolitics / Necropolitics / Human and non-human work / Amerindians facing the State / Mexico and the Caribbean space