Spain, Open University of Catalonia
Esther Oliver is an anthropologist. She joined FESTSPACE team in January 2020 as a research assistant. She is finishing her PhD about genocides judgments on Mayan Ixil people in Guatemala at the UAB. She started to develop anthropological research in 2009 about urban issues in Barcelona, back on the project Rethink the Great Barcelona. 150 years of annexation expansion in the Barcelona Plan: urban change, conflict and city models.
During her studies she participated in several financed research such as Responses by civil society to the “drama” of evictions, the case of the PAH Barcelona; Reducing Early School Leaving in the Eu; Cultural frontiers in a global world: comparative anthropology of cultural boundaries and their socio-political consequences, among others.
Her research interests are mainly in two areas: contemporary events participation (as cultural activities) on the framework of traditional and popular culture in Spain and indigenous peoples and human rights. As a member of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya research team, she focuses her work on cultural studies, participating in a research about festive events and popular culture in Barcelona.