I am a critical theorist. I was born in Buenos Aires where I studied Architecture and Urbanism (3 years), I became a trade union representative in the public sector and GAs and the Telephone & Communications state-owned companies. During the Dictatorship 1976-1982 I attended Drama School until the Politics degree was re-opened with the return of democracy to Argentina. I studied Politics (BA) while working full time, and did an MSc in Public Administration (MSc) with a scholarship awarded by the Department of Economics at the University of Buenos Aires. In England, and I did an MA in Comparative Labour Studies (University of Warwick, funded by British Council Chevening Scholarship) and a PhD in Sociology supervised by Profesor Simon Clarke (URS scholarship, University of Warwick).
I taught Political Sociology and sociology of work in Department of Sociology, at Warwick University and Politics, Media Studies and Public Administration at the University of Buenos Aires. At Bath, I am the pathway lead for the ESRC MREs Global Political Economy and I teach classical theory and contemporary political sociology, critical/Marxist theory, social movements and social justice, feminist and de-colonial theory and the politics of the global south, especially Latin America, social justice and sustainability.
My research is transdisciplinary and international. My method of enquiry combines a critique of political economy with the philosophy of hope, politics, critical feminism, political sociology and decolonial approaches. My work has opened a new interdisciplinary areas of critical research such as the radical politics of hope and the prefigurative critique of political economy, which I termed THE GLOBAL POLITICS OF HOPE. I am dedicated to theoretical innovation that has significant policy implications. At the centre of my research is the analysis of the contradictory processes of societal transformation led by social, labour, indigenous, urban and rural movements mainly in the Global South but not exclusively. I explore how their ‘concrete utopias’, i.e. the innovative forms of production and social reproduction that they are bringing about contest patriarchal, colonial and capitalist powers, how they are ‘translated’ by the state into the law and policy, and how they can move beyond the limits imposed to human flourishing by capital and such powers, at a time when alternatives are urgently needed.
I am founder and convenor of the international research network 'WOMEN ON THE VERGE', https://www.anaceciliadinerstein.com/women-on-the-verge-1/, and of the 'STANDING SEMINAR IN CRITICAL THEORY (ESRC-SWDTP-BATH-BRISTOL-EXETER): https://www.bath.ac.uk/projects/standing-seminar-of-critical-theory/
I am actively engaged with audiences and end-users outside academia, and welcome opportunities to work with social movement activists, artists and communities. I have been invited to become part of an European project titled – The Art of Organising Hope (TAOH) http://theartoforganisinghope.eu/about/, – after the subtitle of my book The politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope , where I connect social movements’ activity with the category of hope, and explore the process of resistance and creation of alternative practices and discourses in Latin America. TAOH project led by the artist organisation 'Victoria Deluxe', https://www.victoriadeluxe.be, Ghent, Belgium, and its European partners, produced an inventory of innovative practices and original initiatives breaking with the capitalistic logic of the market and neoliberalism. In their words: “Under the name The Art of Organising Hope, we want to start up a mobilization project. A project arising from the desire to search Europe for discourses and practices that embody alternatives for the existing world order”
VIDEO on The Art of Organising Hope: https://vimeo.com/300540585
I published extensively on Argentine and Latin American politics, autonomy, subjectivity, labour, social and indigenous movements, emancipatory struggles and the politics of policy. My main publications include 'The Labour Debate' (2002, co-edited with Mike Neary), translated into Turkish (2006) and Spanish (2009), 'La Ruta de los Piqueteros. Luchas y Legados' (2010), 'The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope' (2015) and the edited collection 'Social Sciences for An Other Politics: Women Theorising without Parachutes' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). See https://www.anaceciliadinerstein.com/books
'Open Marxism Against a closing world', Open Marxism Vol. 4, Pluto Press - London New York (edited with John Holloway, Edith González and Alfonso García Vela, from the University of Puebla). Nov 2019.
A world beyond work? Automation, basic income and bad utopias', Emerald, 2019, co-authored with F.H.Pitts, diversity of Bristol
'From probability to possibility: A hopeful journey', Kairos-PM, 2020, co-authored with Sarah Amsler, UNiversity of Nottingham.