Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

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Critical Research on the Global Politics of Hope.

Ana Cecilia Dinerstein teaches political sociology, classical sociological theory, and critical, decolonial, Marxist, and feminist theory. She has created a new intersectoral and post-disciplinary field for research and social transformation: the global politics of hope, connecting Bloch’s materialist philosophy with social and grassroots communities and movements’ autonomous praxis.

She is a member of the Global Tapestry of Alternatives' core group and the founder and convenor of Women on the Verge, the Standing Seminar in Critical theory and the  Decolonizing Knowledge in Teaching, Research and Practice Research Hub/Centre.  Her publications include: The Labour debate (co-editor and author, 2002),  The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope (Palgrave Macmillan 2015), Social Sciences for An Other Politics: Women Theorising without Parachutes (Palgrave Macmillan, editor and author,  2016); Open Marxism 4; Against a Closing World (Pluto Press, editor and author, 2019) and World Beyond Work? Labour, Money and the Capitalist State between Crisis and Utopia (Emerald, co-author, 2021). Her book is titled The Global Politics of HopeThe San Francisco Lectures (Kairos, PM) and A Decolonising Marxism (Pluto Press) are forthcoming in 2022.

Research interests


Ana Cecilia Dinerstein (PhD Sociology Warwick University) is a critical theorist, political sociologist and scholar activist.  Her research interest as work, social movements, critical sociology and theory, Bloch’s philosophy, open Marxism, feminism, decolonial horizons and contemporary forms of utopia.  She has created a new transdisciplinary research field: ‘the Global Politics of Hope’, the focus of which is the contradictory processes of transformation led by social, labour, indigenous, urban and rural movements mainly in the Global South but not exclusively. Her notion of The art of organising hope, that is the collective resistance and organising processes that give form to alternative realities, horizons and practices, has inspired artists, NGOs and radical pedagogues’ projects in Europeand Latin America

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Research interests

Research Interests 

  • The politics of Latin America and Argentina
  • Critique of Political Economy
  • Marxism and Critical Theory
  • Feminism
  • Philosophy of Hope
  • postcolonial and decolonial theory
  • Global South
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology of Work: Class, work, labour and labour subjectivity
  • Social movements - Urban, rural and indigenous movements
  • Social and Solidarity Economy
  • The Commons, collective action and pre-figurative politics
  • Ernst Bloch
  • Contemporary forms of Utopia

Research networks

Editorial and Advisory Roles

Engaged Social Movements,  Book Series, Advisory board, Lead: Laurence Cox

Futures of Work, Bristol University Press. Advisory Board, 2018-present. 

Work, Employment & Society (BSA). Editorial board 2018-2019

Sociology, Associate Board, 2013-2015 - Guest Editor 2014

Capital & Class. Editor. 2001-2005

Fuegia, Revista de Ciencias Sociales, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, Advisory Board

Latin American and Caribbean Observatory, IEALC. International Advisory Board, 2014-present

Trabajo y Sociedad, Argentina, Advisory board

Sociology of Work Journal, Madrid. International Advisory Board, 2017-present

Knowledge Exchange and Public/Media engagement

  • Carving out new politics of hope (by A.Dune)
  • The Art of Organising Hope: About progressive movements and movements for change across Latin America and the rest of the world,University of Bath,  Video:  
  • TAOH Ghent, video: 
  • TAOH Ghent video 2:
  • Interview by Victoria Deluxe:Hope is an invitation to work together 
  • Expert comment and interview ‘Recent British Politics after BREXIT and the elections’, Channel 8 Metro, TV Buenos Aires, 15 June, 
  • Expert comment and interview ‘Why BREXIT?’, Asuntos Públicos, Channel 8 Metro, 23/6,
  • Expert comment and interview ‘The English Riots and the crisis in Europe’, Asuntos Públicos, Channel 8 Metro TV Cable Vision, Buenos Aires, 15/9
  • Public Seminar ‘Concrete Utopia’, New School for Social Research, New York.
  • Interview: ‘Reorganizar la esperanza. Por un Marxismo abierto y decolonial’, Alejandro Mantilla, La Siniestra,, 15/11/17 .
  • One day Debate with Bristol Social Movements: Marx in the key of Hope: Bristol Social Movements and Initiatives’, SWDTP Academic-led collaboration, with F.H. Pitts, January 29.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Global political economy, class, work and crisis
Urban, rural and indigenous movements in Latin America and the Global South
Social and solidarity economy
Alternative forms of social reproduction and new forms of understanding utopia
The Commons, collective action and pre-figurative politics
Marxism and new critical theory
Decolonial theory and social reproduction feminism
Political philosophy and epistemology surrounding social emancipation
Marxism and the new critical theory
Decolonial theory

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, University of Bath

Award Date: 8 Dec 2017

Doctor of Philosophy, The Transformation of the Subjectivity of Labour in Argentina (1912-2001), University of Warwick

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Master of Arts, Global capital, labour conflict and state restructuring in Argentina in the 1990s: conceptualising trade unions, University of Warwick

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996

Bachelor of Philosophy, University of Buenos Aires

Award Date: 1 Jan 1990

External positions

PhD Thesis, Mehmet Erols, University of York

24 Mar 2016

Appointed Member of the International Panel for the Evaluation of Working Groups 2016-2-17, , Latin American Council for Social Sciences (CLACSO)


Appointed Member of the International Panel for the Evaluation of Research Proposal CLACSO-TNI: Disputing the Public Space in Latin America, Latin American Council for Social Sciences (CLACSO)


PhD Thesis, Thomas Henderson, School of Oriental and African Studies

19 Oct 201521 Oct 2015

PhD by publication, Joss Winn, University of Lincoln

21 Jun 2015

PhD thesis, Juuso Miettunen:, University of Kent

10 Feb 201511 Feb 2015

Member of the Committee of the Society for Latin American Studies , Society for Latin American Studies


PhD Thesis, Watcharabon Buddharaska, University of York

9 May 2014

External Examiner PhD thesis, Miguel Rivera Quinone, University of Sussex

13 Jan 201314 Jan 2013

External Programme Examiner MA Sociology and Global Change, Manchester Metropolitan University


External Examiner PhD thesis, Mr Kenji Hosano, , University of East Anglia

27 Jan 201128 Jan 2011

External Examiner for PhD thesis, University of Buenos Aires

15 Aug 201016 Aug 2010

External Examiner MRes Programmes, Department of Politics, University of York


External Programme Examiner MSc in Comparative Politics, Department of Politics, University of York



  • Political Sociology
  • Global Political Economy
  • Open Marxism
  • post colonial and de-colonial theory
  • Political philosophy
  • critical theory
  • social movements
  • rural and indigenous movements
  • theories of the state
  • The politics of policy
  • Latin America
  • Argentina
  • concrete utopia
  • work and social reproduction
  • economic sociology


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