BA summa cum laude (International Relations, University of Minnesota) , MA, Ph.D (Sociology, University of California, Berkeley)
Cristina Flesher Fominaya has an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA summa cum laude in International Relations from the University of Minnesota. She has won numerous international scholarships and prizes including the National Science Foundation Fellowship, the German Marshall Fellowship and the Leo Lowenthal Prize for Outstanding Paper in Culture and Critical Theory awarded by the University of California, Berkeley. She was Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Political Science in the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University before joining the Department of Sociology as Lecturer in 2009. Her work has been published in Contemporary Social Science, Sociological Inquiry, Sociology Compass, International Review of Social History, South European Society and Politics, Mediterráneo Económico, and International Feminist Journal of Politics.
She is co-founder and co-editor of Interface: a journal for and about social movements, an academic/practitioner journal with a current global readership of over 30,000 people and is a member of the Editorial Board of Sociological Research Online. She is also co-founder and co-chair of the Council for European Studies (Columbia University) Research Network on European Social Movements, with Dr. Laurence Cox.
Dr. Flesher Fominaya has served as an expert evaluator (panel member) for the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation 2010 National Research Plan, and as an expert reviewer for the Government of Ireland's Postdoctoral Fellowship Peer Review Process 2010/2011, the Icelandic National Research Fund 2011, the Economic and Social Research Council (ORA) Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences 2012, and the National Funding Council of Portugal 2012.
She has two books forthcoming in the area of social movements, Social Movements and Globalization: Challenges, Possibilities and Dynamics, from Palgrave MacMillan, and Understanding European movements: New social movements, global justice struggles, anti-austerity protests (co-edited with Laurence Cox),from Routledge.
Dr. Flesher Fominaya's long term interest in alternative social movements has led to ethnographic research on the Spanish Green Parties, the British Anti-Roads Movement, and Anti-globalization Networks in western Europe. She has a particular interest in autonomous social movement groups, and the possibilities and challenges of autonomous movement. Her work analyzes, among other things, the dynamics of participatory democracy within movement groups, collective identity formation, and tensions within the Global Justice Movement between institutional left and autonomous actors. Dr. Flesher Fominaya also studies the impact of ICTs on social movement groups, highlighting some of the more negative or challenging aspects of their use.
Research in progress: a comparative study of victims of terrorism in Madrid and New York following the 11M and S11 terrorist attacks with Dr. Rosemary Barberet, CUNY, New York.
Culture, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Collective Identity, Globalization/Anti-Globalization, Qualitative Methods, Sociological Theory, Gender, Comparative Feminist Theory, Participatory Democracy, Environmental Sociology, European Union, Collective Memory and Cultural Trauma
Recent publications include "The Madrid Bombings and Popular Protest: Misinformation, Counter-information, Mobilization and Elections after 11-M’". Contemporary Social Science, 6 (3),2011."Collective Identity in Social Movements: Central Concepts and Debates." Sociology Compass, Vol 4, 6, 2010; "Creating Cohesion from Diversity: The Challenge of Collective Identity Formation in the Global Justice Movement", Sociological Inquiry, Vol 80, 3, 2010; “Autonomous Movement and the Institutional Left: Two Approaches in Tension in Madrid's Anti-globalization Network”, in John Karamichas (ed.) New and Alternative Social Movements in Spain: Identity, the Left and Globalising Processes, South European Society & Politics, Vol. 12, 3, 2007; “The Role of Humour in the Process of Collective Identity Formation in Autonomous Social Movement Groups in Contemporary Madrid.” International Review of Social History, Humour and Social Protest, 52, 2007, pp.243-258; and “Nuevas tecnologías de la comunicación, democracia y participación política” in Victor Perez Díaz (coord) Mediterráneo Económico, Vol 14: Modernidad, crisis y globalización: problemas de política y cultura, 2008, pp. 229-242. (with Roberto Garvía).
I am principal investigator of research on victims of terrorism post 9/11 and 11-M, with Rosemary Barberet,
Associate Professor of Sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
2012 Principal's Excellence Fund, University of Aberdeen
2011 Principal's Excellence Fund, University of Aberdeen
2010 British Academy Research Grant (Analyzing the Needs of Victims of Terrorism)
2010 British Academy Overseas Conference Travel Grant
2009 Universidad Carlos III Madrid Grant for Research Stay at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
2003-2004 John L. Simpson Foundation Fellowship
2002-2003 German Marshall Foundation Fellowship
1999-2002 National Science Foundation Fellowship
2000 Leo Lowenthal Prize for Outstanding Paper in Culture and Critical Theory, University of California, Berkeley
1998-1999 Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
1997-1998 National Science Foundation Fellowship
1998 Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship (declined)
Programme Director, MSc in Sociology
Course Coordinator, SO5014 Advanced Social Theory Class (MSc and MRes programmes) (Post graduate level)
Course Coordinator, SO3066, Thinking Sociologically (2010-2012)
Course Coordinator, Contemporary European Social Movements SO 4042 (UG Level 4).
I supervise MSc, MRes, and PhD students.
Currently I supervise PhD students working in these areas:
Political Violence, Historical Memory, Post-Franco Spain
Religion, Political Violence and Transitional Justice in Colombia
Portrayals of Political Violence, Memory and Spain
Gender and Violence
I am also interested in supervising research in the areas of social movements, gender, culture and European Studies
Founding Co-Chair, Council For European Studies (Columbia University) Social Movements Research Network
Founding Co-Editor, Interface: a journal for and about social movements
Expert Evaluator,Committee member, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, National Research Plan 2010
Expert Evaluator, Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Government of Ireland CARA Mobility Fellowship Scheme 2010/11
Expert Evaluator, National Funding Council of Iceland
Expert Evaluator The Open Research Area (ORA) in Europe for the Social Sciences
Member, Editorial Board, Sociological Research Online
Referee, Social Movement Studies, Mobilization, Sociological Forum, Sociological Research Online, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, European Political Science Review, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, British Politics
Section Organizer/Chair (European Social Movements, 4 panels and professional workshop) Council for European Studies Annual Conference, March 22-25, 2012, Boston
Co-convenor, "Understanding the new movement wave: Arab Spring, European summer, American fall? Revolutions, anti-austerity and commons movements and the Occupy movement 2008- 12" Research Networking Event, March 21, 2012, Berkman Center, Harvard University
Section Convenor, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Violence and Politics, European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, (Five panels) Reykjavik 2011
Panel co-chair, Memory and Political Violence, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Violence and Politics, European Consortium for Political Research General Conference Reykjavik 2011
Session co-chair, International criminal justice policymaking: The relevance of socio-criminological research session, International Sociological Association General Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 13, 2010
Ethics Officer, School of Social Science
Media contact, Department of Sociology
Member, Department Exams Board
Member, School of Social Sciences Post Graduate Committee
Member, Department Post Graduate Committee
Coordinator/Director, MSc in Sociology
Editor, Department webzine 2009-2012
Invited Expert Speaker, “Autonomous Social Movements and the Paradox of Anti-identitarian Collective Identity”, Social Movements and Contested Identities Symposium, University of Brighton, September 28, 2012
Keynote speaker, “Social movements in Europe: how do young people create political opportunities and react to political, cultural and economic crisis?” for Arab Spring: Youth participation for the promotion of peace, human rights and fundamental freedoms symposium under the auspices of President of the Republic of Tunisia, Dr. Mancef Marzouki and organized by League of Arab States, the UNFPA, the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Tunisia, and the Youth Partnership of the European Union and the Council of Europe, in Tunis, Tunisia on August 28, 2012.
“Human Rights, Transnational terrorism , State-led Commemoration and “Ideal victims”: Exploring the puzzle of victim dissatisfaction post 9/11 and 3/11”, The Centre for Global Security and Governance, University of Aberdeen, April 20, 2012
Invited Speaker, “Feminist Culture Jamming”, International Women´s Day Public Event, Belmont Cinema, Aberdeen, UK, March 10, 2012
Keynote Address, “New Agendas for Social Movement Studies” New Agendas in Social Movement Conference, University of Ireland, Maynooth, November 26, 2011.
“Commemoration of Victims of Terrorism as a Human Right? Human Rights and Victim Realities after 9/11 and 3/11” Politics And International Relations Departmental Seminar Series, University of Aberdeen, October 19, 2011.
"Remembering and forgetting the victims of the 2004 11-M Madrid Bombings: National Traumas and the Politics of Commemoration" Department of Hispanic Studies Seminar Series, October 21, 2010.
"Remembering the dead and forgetting the survivors: How political conflicts and cultural narratives shape victim commemoration post 9/11 and 11-M", Sociology Seminar Series, University of Aberdeen, March 17, 2010
Plenary Speaker, "Reflexión crítica sobre el proyecto Interface: retos y logros", Dialogos entre Ciencias Sociales y Movimientos Sociales, Miradas, Preguntas, (Des) encuentros, University of Granada, Spain, March 4-5, 2010
"The political and cultural aftermath of terrorist attacks: central conflicts around victim commemoration post S11 New York and 11M Madrid", Department of Humanities, University of Hull, Seminar Series on 'Violence and War in Culture and the Media', February 16, 2010
"The Politics of Commemorating Victims of Terrorism: New York City (9/11/01) and Madrid (3/11/04)" Public lecture, Georgetown University, Washington DC, July 9, 2009
"Is Ideology still relevant in Global Political Movements?" Invited Speaker, Kalevi Sorsa Research and Policy Days Conference, Helsinki, Finland, November 23-24, 2007
"El movimiento anti-globalización en España: divisiones, tensiones e interdependencias entre autónomos y la izquierda institucional" Universidad Complutense de Madrid, April 27, 2006
International Workshop "Global Change - a Challenge to Environmental Sociology: The case of Spain and Germany", University Carlos III, Madrid, December 14-16, 2006
Action Concertée Incitative, Colloque – Réunion de travail du réseau européen "Les mobilisations contre la mondialisation néo-libérale", International meeting to discuss methodological issues related to research on anti-globalization mobilizations. Florence, September 9-11, 2004
DEMOS (Democracy in Europe and the Mobilization of Society) Conference, European University Institute, Florence. Collaborated on the development of research instruments and strategies for the DEMOS project, September 9-11, 2004
"Civil Disobedience and Anti-Militarism" (in Spanish) CGT Conference, Faculty of Geography and History. University of Salamanca. May 17, 2004
Guest Lecturer, Environmental Sociology (Hsem 190.1), University of California, Berkeley, "Synergistic Protest Strategies in the British Anti-Roads Movement", 1998-99
“Culture, Internal Movement Dynamics and Collective Identity” Paper presented at Council for European Studies, Nineteenth International Conference of Europeanists, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, March 22-25, 2012
"Cultural Barriers to Transnational Networking" Paper presented at Council for European Studies, Eighteenth International Conference of Europeanists 2011, Barcelona, Spain, June 20-22, 2011
"Cultural Barriers to Transnational Networking: Autonomous Anti-Capitalist Encounters" Paper presented at Alternative Futures and Popular Protest Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, April 19-21, 2011
"Cultural Barriers to Transnational Networking" Paper presented at the Joint ESA/ECPR Conference "Transnational Democracy: mobilization, organisation and communication", European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy, January 20-21, 2011
"Cultural trauma, memory, international rights of victims and commemoration" paper presented at the International criminal justice policymaking: The relevance of socio-criminological research session, International Sociological Association General Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 13, 2010
"Cultural trauma and Collective Memory: Comparing 9/11 in New York City and 3/11 in Madrid" Paper presented at the Sociology of War, Security and Terror Panel of the European Consortium for Political Research Conference (ECPR), Potsdam, Germany, September 10-12, 2009
"Remembering the victims of terrorism: A comparative analysis of the commemorative anniversaries of 9/11 in New York City and 3/11 in Madrid." Paper presented at the European Sociological Association General Conference (ESA), Lisbon, Portugal, September 2-5, 2009
"The Shaping of Memory of Terrorism Victims from 9/11 in New York City and 3/11 in Madrid" Paper presented at the European Sociological Association Art, Culture, and Public Sphere Conference, Venice, Italy, November 4-8, 2008
"Do New Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Always Transform Social Movements for the Better?" Paper presented at Marie Curie Conference Confronting Cold War Conformity: Peace and Protest Cultures in Europe, 1945-1989, Prague, Czech Republic, August 18-25, 2008
"What, if Anything, is New About the Autonomous Anti-globalization Movement?"Paper presented to American Sociological Association Annual Conference, New York, USA, August 11-14, 2007
“What a Difference a Day Makes: Manipulation, Mobilization, and Elections after 11-M” Paper presented to Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England, UK, April 2-4, 2007
"The Process of Collective Identity in Autonomous Anti-Capitalist Groups", Paper presented at European Sociological Association Conference, Changing Cultures, Ghent, Belgium, November 15-17, 2006
"Ideology and Culture in the British Anti-Roads Movement" Paper presented to American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C., USA, August 12-16, 2000,
"Ideology and Culture in the British Anti-Roads Movement" Paper presented to Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England, UK, April 25-27, 2000
"Los Verdes in Context: A History and Analysis of the Spanish Green Parties" Paper presented to Sociological Research Institute Conference, University of Minnesota, 1994
The Logic of Autonomy: Principles, Praxis and Challenges of Autonomous Anti-Capitalist Movement, University of California, Berkeley, PhD Dissertation. ISBN 978-0-542-293504, 2005
"Ideology and Culture in the British Anti-Roads Movement" In Colin Barker and Mike Tyldesley (eds.) Sixth International Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest. Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Vol 1, 2000, pp. 1-18.
"Ideology and Culture in the British Anti-Roads Movement" Required Course Material for Honors 190.1 (Society and Environment: Environmental Movements and the Struggle for Sustainability), University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology, 1999
John J. Macionis and Ken Plummer Sociología (3ed.) Madrid, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006 (From English to Spanish)
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