Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights

Faculty and Staff

Ana Laura Lobo, Acting Academic Director

Ana Laura Lobo, Acting Academic Director
By training, Ana Laura Lobo is a sociologist. She has a master’s degree in social investigation from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Through scholarships from UBA and CONICET she has also completed doctoral work in social sciences at UBA, and will defend her thesis in the coming months. Her postgraduate research was completed at the Gino Germani Research Institute, which is part of UBA’s Social Sciences Faculty. Ana Laura’s research interests include sociology, social justice and human rights, and identifying resources related to the process of social transformation using art and culture, especially dance, theater, and photography. In addition to her role as academic director, she is an adjunct professor for UNICEF and the Judicial Power of the province of Buenos Aires. She has been lecturing at UBA in the fields of sociology and political science and has taught a variety of courses, from methodology to Social Construction of Collective Memory.

Much of her past professional experiences have centered on teaching, lecturing, and advising; she was a postgraduate lecturer at the Walter Benjamin Foundation in the fields of communication and sociology, and she has also taught online thesis seminars at FLACSO. Additionally, Ana Laura had the opportunity to work as an external advisor to the Argentine Ministry of Industry and Production in the area of small and medium enterprise and regional development. In her role as advisor, Ana Laura worked on the design and assessment of projects related to social and local economic development. She also serves as a technical consultant for Programa de Inclusión Social Envión, an educational and social inclusion program administered by the municipality of Avellaneda.

Ana Laura began her tenure with SIT in 2010 when she became the academic coordinator of another SIT program based in Buenos Aires entitled Regional Integration, Development, and Social Change, which is still in operation today. Shortly thereafter, in January of 2011, she joined the Social Movement and Human Rights Program as the associate director.

Eliana Ferradás, Program Assistant
Eliana is a history teacher and received her degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She specializes in Argentine history and human rights, focusing on Argentina’s last dictatorship. Currently, she is pursuing her MA in journalism and social communication from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Eliana has done volunteer work in a shantytown, and has been collaborating for several years with Fundación La Alameda, an organization focused on human trafficking. Her background also includes working with and studying the phenomenon of migration in Argentina, and she has taken several courses and seminars related to gender and human rights. She has worked for SIT since 2011, broadening her knowledge on social movements and human rights.

Faculty and lecturers typically include:

Pablo Vommaro, PhD, Historian
Dr. Vommaro is a historian whose main area of teaching and research is the recent history of social movements in Argentina. He holds a PhD in social sciences and a BA in history from Universidad de Buenos Aires. His dissertation was entitled “Politics, territory and community: Urban social organizations in the southern area of Buenos Aires (1970–2000).” Dr. Vommaro is also a researcher at the Oral History Program at Universidad de Buenos Aires, a member of the Foundation for Political and Social Research, and part of the Study Group on Social Protest and Collective Action, Instituto Gino Germani, Universidad de Buenos Aires. He coordinates the CLACSO work group “Youth and new political practices in Latin America” and is involved with the Latin American Program of Distance Learning in Social Sciences. He is the author of several articles published in collections, as well as national and international journals. His areas of research are the history of urban social organizations with a territorial base, the political participation and practices of youth, oral history, and recent Argentine history.

Juan Wahren, PhD, Sociologist
Dr. Wahren is a sociologist whose main area of teaching and research is theory and struggles of social movements. He holds a PhD in social sciences, a master’s degree in social science research and a BA in sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. His thesis was entitled “Social Movements and Struggles for Territory and Natural Resources in Latin America. The Union of Unemployed Workers of Gral. Mosconi (Argentina) and the Pueblo Guaraní Assembly (Bolivia): 1995–2010.” Dr. Wahren is also a researcher at the rural studies and the Latin American social movements groups at Instituto Gino Germani and the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is a member of the work group entitled Rural Development: Territorial Struggles, Peasants, and Decolonialidad at Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO), and directs investigations within the group of Social Movements and Popular Education. Additionally, he has authored several articles published in collections as well as national and international journals. His areas of research include social movements, natural resources struggles, alternative development, territorial struggles, Latin American movements, and popular education.

Paula Boniolo, PhD, Sociologist
Paula Boniolo received her PhD in social sciences from the University of Buenos Aires and l' École des Hautes Études in Social Sciences (EHESS-France). She has held positions as a research assistant at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) at the Institute Gino Germani, UBA, a sociologist and master of research in social sciences at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and obtained a DAAD scholarship to complete her academic education in Germany.

Dr. Boniolo has taught at a number of institutions, including the School of Sociology at UBA, the National University of Mar del Plata, and in the high school (Bachillerato Popular) Simon Rodriguez. Additionally, Paula is active in her field of research and has published many books and articles. She was the author of the book The social and territorial bases of corruption (2013) and co-author of  Methodology handbook: The theoretical framework, formulation of objectives and choice of methodology (2005) and the author of many other international articles, including “The web of corruption: A study in the middle class and the working class of Buenos Aires” in the Mexican Journal of Sociology (2010) and some items in the Catalog of Corrupt Practices (2004) and Research Practice (2007). Along with Mercedes Di Virgilio and Pia Maria Otero, Paula worked to publish Transformations in policies to combat poverty: Design North and South alternatives and urban poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean (2011). Her areas of interest are social structure, class, territory, corrupt practices, and research methodology.

Matías Triguboff, PhD, Anthropologist
Dr. Triguboff is a researcher who has focused his work on the formation of neighborhood assemblies and the process of decentralization of the local government of the city of Buenos Aires. He holds a PhD in social anthropology from Universidad de Buenos Aires and a postdoctoral scholarship from CONICET at the Institute of Anthropological Sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires. His current research project is entitled “Communes in the city of Buenos Aires: An analysis of a complex relationship between state and civil society.” He is a lecturer at the School of Political Science, Department of Anthropological Sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires. His research areas include political anthropology, the state, collective action, social movements, and citizen participation.Ernesto Cussianovich, MA, Economic History
Mr. Cussianovich holds an MA in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in history from Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is a history lecturer at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and Universidad Palermo and has also been a history lecturer at Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is currently a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme. Mr. Cussianovich has worked and studied in France, the United Kingdom, and Japan. His teaching and research areas include Argentine and Latin American history, state theory, and public policy.

Andrés Ruggeri, Anthropologist
Mr. Ruggeri is an anthropologist who has been involved with the recuperated factories movement and coordinates programs at Universidad de Buenos Aires that provide different resources to these social movements. He is the director of the Continuing Studies Program, Universidad Abierta, at Universidad de Buenos Aires, which is related to the Documentation Center of Recuperated Factories. Mr. Ruggeri coordinates the research team Recuperated Factories and Self-Management Processes and directs the training team for workers of the Argentina Federation of Energy Workers (FETERA-CTA). He also participates in a research program on scientific-technological transference to recuperated factories. He is the author of several articles on recuperated factories and self-management and the co-author of the book Recuperated Factories in Argentina.

Valeria Barbuto, Anthropologist and Human Rights Researcher
Ms. Barbuto has worked for ten years at the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), one of the most important Argentine human rights organizations. As part of CELS, she is a human rights researcher for the Program of Memory and the Fight Against Impunity of State Terrorism. Her research is focused on justice processes, reparation, and the memory politics of serious human rights violations. Ms. Barbuto is a member of the political and legal anthropology research team at the School of Anthropology, Universidad de Buenos Aires. This group includes researchers and professors focused on institutional violence, human rights, and democracy.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Buenos Aires

Language Study: Spanish

Prerequisites: 3 semesters Spanish and relevant coursework.


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