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Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

Professor of Political Sociology and Critical Theory, University of Bath

I am a professor of political sociology and critical theory, in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. I am the author of several books & edited volumes, along with many academic and media articles, and have opened a new interdisciplinary area of critical research: The global politics of hope, which creates a synergy between social movement studies, Marxism, critical and decolonial theory, feminism and social reproduction theory, Bloch’s philosophy and current forms of understanding and deploying hope and utopia. My notion of ‘the art of organizing hope, that is the resistance and organizing processes that give form to alternative realities, horizons, and practices, inspired artists, NGOs, and radical pedagogues’ projects in Europe and Latin America. I am the founder and convenor of the activist-scholar network Women on the Verge and the ESRC SWDTP Standing Seminar in Critical Theory (UK) and more recently the Centre for Decolonising Knowledge in Teaching, Research, and Practice (DECkNO), Bath. I am a core member of the international Network Global Tapestry of Alternatives My publications (in English, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and French) include The Labour Debate (ed. 2002, Routledge, with Mike Neary), The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope (2015, Palgrave), Social Sciences for An Other Politics: Women Theorising without Parachutes (ed. 2016, Palgrave)Macmillan, Open Marxism 4: Against a closing world (co-ed. 2019, Pluto Press) and A world beyond work? Labor, Money and the Capitalist State: Beyond Crisis and Utopia ', Emerald, (2019, co-authored with F.H.Pitts)


The Global Politics of Hope. The San Francisco Lectures, PM Kairos (2021)
Decolonisng Marxism, Pluto Press (2021)


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Political Sociology, University of Bath


  • 2002 
    University of Warwick, PhD Sociology