Cristina Flesher Fominaya: Sociologist, Scholar & Keynote Speaker at the Why the World Needs Anthropologists, Mobilizing the Planet 10-12 Sept 2021





We are happy to have Cristina with us speaking to her background and current work. Cristina shares her views and relationship to activism and, as a scholar, the importance of balancing sympathy with a critical, analytical and self-reflexive research lens. What can an ethnographic perspective bring different than other research methods? What is the difference of applying ethnographic research to activist spaces vs others? What is the value of a conference space and why should you invest in physical attendance? Lastly as a key note of the Why the World needs Anthropologists, Mobilizing the planet – she shares how she will be contributing to the theme as well as her advice and thoughts to those considering to attend. Listen to the episode to hear more about it.

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Cristina Flesher Fominaya is a co-founder of the open-access social movements journal Interface and Editor-in-Chief of Social Movement Studies. She holds an MA and a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Cristina publishes widely on politics, social movements and democracy in both academic and media outlets.

Her three most recent books are:


Why the World needs Anthropology, Mobilizing the Planet


Check Cristina Flesher Fominaya’s profile at and Google Scholar Profile
Recommended reading – all open-access PDF:
Collective Identity in Social Movements: Central Concepts and Debates
Feminism, women´s movements and women in movement
Redefining the Crisis/ Redefining Democracy: Mobilising for the Right to Housing in Spain’s PAH Movement
Creating Cohesion from Diversity: The Challenge of Collective Identity Formation in the Global Justice Movement

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