Nicolas Espinosa Menendez

About Nicolas Espinosa Menendez

I am both a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology, and a humble person. I was raised as a weberian sociologist, but because of the nature of the fieldwork I was conducting in a region from my country, Colombia, -La Sierra de La Macarena- the dark side of the force tempted me. Hence, I am a a sort of anthropological-convert, a born-again marxist (on the structural streets), and pre-modern foucoltdian (in the social sheets).   

Since the year of our Lord of 1998, I have been working in La Macarena on issues like legal pluralism, political mobilization, everyday forms of violence and social responces to the civil war. Nowdays I am interest in the study of the intimate spaces of political violence, time and spaces of exclussion, and excemptionalism as the main ghost in the state machine.   

Since I cannot deny neither my Christian past, nor my positivist formation, I am 93% a rational atheist. Thanks to the non-human entitites that live around me, I have a very nice 7% of a non-modern way of thinking. Because of that, there are many superstitions that allow me to conduct a more creative ethnographical experience around the political violence of my country. Among those superstitions are fictions like the statistical inferences of social processes, and the cartographic representation of human will.  


Areas of Study

Legal pluralism

Peasant Societies

Political Violence 

Political Ecology


Past and present projects, in here

Research Interests

Political anthropology. Ethnography of the state. Violence and Power.

Peasant societies and territories. Cartography and cartographic representations.  

Legal pluralism, spaces of exclussion and times of excemption. 

Zombies, aliens, or those postmodern metaphors about concrete realities. 

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Sociology (1997-2003). Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Master in Anthropology (2006-2008) Universidad Nacional de Colombia

PhD candidacy. University of Arizona (2014)

Dissertation Title

Intimate Spaces of Political Violence