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Alessandro Zagato

Postdoctoral fellow, Egalitarianism Project

Alessandro Zagato was born in Bolzano, Italy, in 1979. He is a sociologist with an international and cross-disciplinary research background. Prior to joining the University of Bergen, Alessandro was a fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences “Alfonso Vélez Pliego” in Puebla, Mexico, where he developed a research project on the egalitarian politics of autonomous indigenous organisations and social movements in the states of Guerrero and Chiapas, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and supervised by Prof. John Holloway. Alessandro obtained his PhD from the National University of Ireland Maynooth. His doctoral thesis: “Community Development in Dublin. Political Subjectivity and State Cooption” (supervised by Prof. Mary P. Corcoran) investigated the historical evolution of the politics of Community Development in the city of Dublin from the 1960s to the present. His research focused on the contradictions between the novelties that this emancipatory politics initially introduced, and its progressive adaptation/submission to the logics of neoliberal governance. Alessandro has published articles in English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, and the results of his research have been presented at international congresses and conferences. He is a founding member of GIAP (Grupo de Investigación en Arte y Politica), an independent research group investigating the role of art and aesthetics in the politics of the EZLN (Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) and other contemporary social and revolutionary movements.

 

Currently he is developing a research project on “Aesthetics, poetics, and politics of equality in the contemporary Zapatista movement of Mexico” as part of the ERC-funded Egalitarianism Project hosted by the University of Bergen

Books
  • Zagato, Alessandro. 2015. The Event of Charlie Hebdo. Imaginaries of Freedom and Control. Berghahn Books. 114 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78533-075-9.
Journal articles
  • Zagato, Alessandro. 2016. Teachers struggles and low intensity warfare in the south of Mexico. Focaalblog. Published 2016-07-25.
  • Zagato, Alessandro. 2016. After Ayotzinapa: building autonomy in a civil war. Roaramag.org. Published 2016-01-05.
  • Zagato, Alessandro. 2016. Unterstützung für Vorschlag der Zapatisten, an Präsidentschaftswahl in Mexiko teilzunehmen. Amerika21. Published 2016-10-19.
  • Zagato, Alessandro. 2015. Poetics and Aesthetics in Zapatismo. The Farewell of Subcomandante Marcos. Seismopolite. 11.
  • Zagato, Alessandro; Arcos, Natalia. 2014. Dialogo Número 1. Notas sobre estética y política en el movimiento zapatista. Rufián Revista. 17: 12-27.
Book sections
  • Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge; Zagato, Alessandro. 2015. Introduction: The Event of Charlie Hebdo—Imaginaries of Freedom and Control. Kapittel, pages 1-11. In:
    • Zagato, Alessandro. 2015. The Event of Charlie Hebdo. Imaginaries of Freedom and Control. Berghahn Books. 114 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78533-075-9.
  • Zagato, Alessandro. 2015. Imaginaries of Violence and Surrogates for Politics. Kapittel, pages 43-54. In:
    • Zagato, Alessandro. 2015. The Event of Charlie Hebdo. Imaginaries of Freedom and Control. Berghahn Books. 114 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78533-075-9.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

2014 Editor of the January issue of Rufián Revista (Latin American politics journal) Vol. 17 (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/74636947/17_estetica_de_la_autonomia.pdf)

2014 (With Natalia Arcos), “Dialogo Número 1. Notas sobre estética y política en el movimiento zapatista” (Dialogue nr. 1. Notes on aesthetics and politics in the Zapatista movement), Rufián Revista, Number 17, January 2014 (http://rufianrevista.org/?page_id=1595)

2013 “The Occupy Movement as a politics for all”. Cyborg Subjects. Discourses on digital cultures, Shoe String editions. (http://www.amazon.com/Cyborg-Subjects-Discourses-Digital-Culture/dp/1491271515/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381479568&sr=8-1)

2013 “Le milizie popolari in Messico, tra autodifesa e autonomía” (People’s militias in Mexico. Self-defense and autonomy), Loop, Number 20, May 2013, pp. 14-18 (http://www.calameo.com/books/000484495c3bdf3a1c32f

2013 “La Scuola Zapatista per la Libertà. Un report dalle montagne del Chiapas” (The Zapatista School for Freedom. A report from the mountains of Chiapas), Loop, number 22, September 2013, pp. 14-18 (http://it.calameo.com/books/000484495d870b909f8d3)

 2009 (With Michael O’Broin and Patrick Bresnihan) “On the University”, Provisional University official Blog (http://provisionaluniversity.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/ontheuniversity.pdf)

 2007 “O Acontecimento como Fronteira de uma Situação Histórico-Social”. Arquivos da Memória, 2 pp. 5-21. (http://www.ceep.fcsh.unl.pt/ArtPDF/06_Alessandro_%20Zagato%5B1%5D.pdf

 

Some presentations:

2013 “La Autonomía Zapatista”. Presentation at the “School of Autonomy” organised by sections of the Mapuche movement in the Council of All Lands (CTT), Temuco, Chile, 14 of October. (http://elblogdegiap.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/de-la-autonomia-zapatista-a-la-autonomia-mapuche-un-camino-libertario-que-une-el-sur-de-mexico-con-el-sur-de-chile/)  

2013 “Leer un video”. In the “Biennale of Video and New Media”. 3 of October – 15th of November, Santiago de Chile. (http://www.bienaldeartesmediales.cl/artista/giap-natalia-arcos-y-alessandro-zagato/)  

(2011) “The politics of Community Development in the inner city of Dublin”. In “European Sociological Association Conference”. University of Geneva, CH, 07-10/09/2011 (http://imatis.unige.ch/conference/abstractbooks/abstract.php?aID=3084)  

(2011) “Political Subjectivity and State Cooption in Community Development Organisations in Dublin”. In “Spaces of Alterity: Conceptualising Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives”, University of Nottingham, UK, 27-28/04/2011 (http://spacesofalterity.wordpress.com/programme/

(2010). “Overcoming the impasse. Depoliticisation and unstructured youth opposition in underprivileged neighbourhoods”. In “American Sociological Association annual convention”, Atlanta, USA, 14-17/08/2010 (http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/4/1/0/6/8/p410682_index.html)  

 

(2010). “Normalizing youth. Unstructured opposition and depoliticisation in Dublin’s underprivileged neighbourhoods”. In  “International Sociological Association World Congress”, Goteborg, Sweden, 11-17/07/2010 (http://isa2010.aimit.se/145568/Paper

AESTHETICS, POETICS, AND POLITICS OF EQUALITY IN THE CONTEMPORARY ZAPATISTA MOVEMENT OF MEXICO.

Fields of competence