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Name : Lourdes ARIZPE

Nationality : Mexican

Current position : Professor-Researcher, National University

of Mexico.

Address : Centro Regional de Investigaciones

Multidisciplinarias - Unam

Av. Universidad s/n

Col Chamilpa

Cuernavaca, Mexico

Fax : (52-777) 3-17-51-89


Certificat d’ Études Français, Université de Genève, Switzerland, 1964; M. A. Social Anthropology, Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, 1970; Ph.D. Social Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1975.


Researcher-Lecturer, El Colegio de México, 1972-85; Academic Co-ordinator, Department of Sociology, El Colegio de México, 1975-77; Researcher-Consultant, International Labour Organization, 1979-81; Visiting Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, 1982; Director, National Museum of Popular Cultures, 1985-88; Professor-Researcher, Regional Centre for Multidisciplinary Research (CRIM), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 1988-91; Director, Institute of Anthropological Research, (UNAM), 1991-94; Secretary, Mexican Academy of Science, 1992-94; Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO, 1994-98; Researcher-Professor, Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias, National University of Mexico, 1999- .


Founder, Rural Women Promoter Network, 1988; Member, Joint Latin-American Committee, Social Science Research Council (U.S.A.), 1987-90; Steering Committee, Development Alternatives for Women in a New Era (DAWN), 1985-89; Secretary, Mexican Academy of Science, 1992-94; President, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), 1988-93; Steering Committee "Overcoming Hunger in the 1990's", 1990-93; Executive Committee, Society for International Development, 1991-92; Vice-President, ISSC, 1992-94; Board of Trustees, CIESIN, 1993-96; Member of Executive Committee, Latin American Studies Association-LASA 1994-96; Advisory Board, Human Development Report, UNDP, 1997-2004 ; Member of Board on Sustainable Development, (BSD) of National Research Council, USA 1996-2000; Advisory Committee on the Environment, International Council of Scientific Unions (ACE-ICSU) 1996-2001; Member of the Advisory Group on Social Affairs for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank, 1997; Member of Jury for Prize on International Scientific Cooperation, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1998-to date; Vice-President for Science, International Social Science Council, 1998-2000; Member of UNDP Advisory Group on Global Initiatives 1999 ; Member of International Advisory Council for the United Nations History Project 2000-; Chair, Committee on Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Mexican Council for the Reform of the State, 2001; Member of Advisory Council, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, 2002- ; Member of Expert Group for the International Convention for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2001-2003; Consultant for the Program “World Cultures” of the American Museum of Natural History, New York, 2004; Coordinator, Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship Program on “Mexican Transition: culture, migration, gender and violence” 2003-2006 at the Regional Centre for Multidisciplinary Research; Advisory Board, UNDP Human Development Report 2004 on “Cultural Freedom in a World of Diversity”; Member, Governing Board, Mexican Council to Prevent Discrimination, 2002- ; Coordinator, research project on intangible cultural heritage in a region of the state of Morelos, Mexico, 2002-2004; Coordinator, Manual on Social Practices, Rituals and Festivities for UNESCO, 2003-2004; Coordinator, anthropology research project on “Cultural Interactions and Migration in Four Mexican Communities”, 2005- ; Member of the International Association of Cultural Diversity, 2006; Coordinator, International Social Science Council “Social Sciences and Cultural Diversity” meeting held at the Library of Alexandria, November 12, 2006; Organizer, Joint meeting of the International Social Science Council and the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences, held at the Library of Alexandria, 13-16 November, 2006; Member, Scientific Committee, Unesco Report on Cultural Diversity, 2006- ; Sabbatical semester, École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Maison des Sciences de l´Homme, Paris, France, sept-jan 2007.


Research books in Spanish:

Kinship and economy in a Nahua Society (1972);

Indians in the city: the case of the Marias (1975);

Migration, ethnicity and economic change (1978);

Peasants and migration (1986);

Culture and development: an ethnographic study of a Mexican community (1990);

Women and development in Mexico and Latin America (1990);

Cultural Interactivity and Global Processes. Mexico: Senate of the Republic and National University of Mexico (2006).

Intangible Cultural Heritage: Conviviality, Barter and Festivities in a Region of the State of Morelos (2009).

Research books in Spanish and English:

Cultura y Cambio Global: Percepciones Sociales de la Desforestación en la Selva Lacandona. México: CRIM/Porrúa (1994)

Culture and Global Change: Social Perceptions of Deforestation in the Lacandona Rain Forest, Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Press. (1995)

Editor, books in Spanish:

Current Anthropology in Mexico. National University of Mexico (1993).

State of the Art in Anthropology in Latin America. Mexico: National University of Mexico (1993).

The Cultural Challenges of Mexico. Mexico: Senate of the Republic and National University

of Mexico (2004).

The Cultural Challenges of Mexico in the Context of Globalization. Accepted to be published by the House of Representatives, Mexican Congress and the National University (in press).

Editor, book in Spanish, English and Portuguese:

The Cultural Dimensions of Global Change, Paris, UNESCO (1997);

Other publications:

Publication as a member of U.N. World Commission on Culture and Development: Our Creative Diversity. 1995. Paris: UNESCO (L. Arizpe was responsible for its Secretariat).

Publications as Chair of Scientific Committee, World Culture Reports (1998; 2001) Paris: UNESCO.

Publication as a member of the Group of Eminent Persons for a Dialogue of Civilizations, Repo: Crossing the Divide: a Dialogue of Civilizations, 2002.


Fulbright-Hays scholarship, 1978; John D. Guggenheim scholarship, 1982; Award for Service to Indigenous Peoples, Instituto Nacional Indigenista, 1978; member, Mexican Academy of Sciences, 1986; National System of Researchers, Mexico, Level III, 1989-2002; Fray Bernardino de Sahagun Prize for Best Anthropological Book, National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico,1990; Benigno Aquino Award for Distinguish Service to Developing Countries, William and Mary College, USA, 1992; Gorjanovic-Krambergeri Prize of the Croatian Anthropological Society, Zagreb, Croatia, 1993; Member and Director of Secretariat for the U.N. World Commission on Culture and Development, 1992-95; Commissioner of the World Commission on Culture and Development, Director of its Secretariat, 1992-94; Award for Distinguished Service in Culture, Ministry of Culture, Pakistan, 1996; Honorary Member, Royal Anthropology Institute, United Kingdom, 1997; Guest speaker, American Anthropological Association Conference, Chicago, 1999; Member of Group of Eminent Persons for the U.N. Dialogue of Civilizations, 2000-01; Chair, Committee on Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Mexican Council for the Reform of the State, 2001; Chair, Committee on Principles, Mexican Citizen´s Council against Discrimination; Visiting Fellow, Andres Bello Chair, New York University, 2002; Member of the International Advisory Council for the United Nations History Project. Ralph Bunch Institute for International Studies, 2002- ; Member of the Academic Faculty, Global Economic Forum at Davos, 2002-2005; Award of the Municipal Government of Zacualpan, Morelos for activities aimed at revitalizing intangible cultural heritage, October 2004; President, International Social Science Council, 2002-2004, reelected 2005-2008; Lourdes Arizpe Award on Political and Environmental Studies awarded every two years by the American Anthropological Association, November 2004; Member of the Academic Faculty of the Economic Global Forum of Davos, Switzerland 2003- ; member, Board of Trustees of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt; President, Board of the United Nations Research on Social Development Institute (UNRISD); Member, Committee on Development Policies, Economic and Social Council, United Nations, 2004, renewed 2009; Keynote speaker, session to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policy held in Mexico City, at the Chamber of Representatives of the National Congress, august 8, 2007; awarded the National Order of Palmes Academiques, France, 2007; Honorary Doctorate, University of Florida at Gainesville, Florida, USA.


President, Association of Ethnologists and Social Anthropologists, Mexico, 1985-88;

President, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 1988-93

Vice-president, International Society for Development, Rome, 1991-94;

Vice-president, International Social Science Council, 1992-94;

President of the XIII International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 1993;

Coordinator of regional consultations for the World Commission on Culture and Development in Manila, New York, Tokio and Praetoria, South Africa, 1994-95;

Coordinator, presentations of Our Creative Diversity, in 22 countries of Europe, North America and South America, 1996-98.

Coordinator of seven expert meetings for the elaboration of the World Culture Report of UNESCO, 1996-2001.

President, Organizing Committee, World Conference on the Status of the Artist, 1997.

President, Organizing Committee, Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development, UNESCO, in Stockholm, Sweden, March, 1998.

Coordinator. World Culture Reports, UNESCO, 1998-2001.

President, International Social Science Council, Paris, 2003-2005; 2005-2008.

Coordinator, Research Planning Committee, International Program on Social Global Change of the International Social Science Council, 2004- .

President, Board, United Nations Research on Social Development Institute, 2006- .


Founder Nueva Antropología, 1978, (Mexico); founder Revista Fem, 1975, (Mexico); On editorial boards of: Revista de Estudios Rurales Latinoamericanos, 1977-82, (Colombia); Signs: Women in Culture and Society, 1978-80(University of Chicago, U.S.A.); Latin American Research Review, 1980-82, (U.S.A.); Journal of Latin American Studies, 1980-84 (U.K.); Nexos, 1982- (Mexico); México Indígena, 1985-89, (Mexico); Journal of Urban Anthropology, 1984- (U.S.A.); Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 1984-88, (U.S.A.); Publication Committee, UNESCO Publishing, 1994-98; Advisory Committee, Anuario Social Político de América Latina y el Caribe, FLACSO, 1997-1998; Advisory Committee, U.N. History Project, 2002- ; Advisory Committee, United Nations Development Program, Human Development Report, 1992-2004; Editorial Board, Development (Sage Publications), 1998- ; International Journal of Human Development (UNDP) 2003- .


  • “Culture, Diversity and Globalization” Ph.D. Program, El Colegio de Mexico, 2001.
  • “Culture, Economy and Logos” Master´s Degree Program, New York University, 2002.
  • “The Cultural Impact of Mexican Migration to the United States” in National University of Mexico, 2002.
  • “Culture, Politics and Globalization”, Ph.D Program, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences Faculty, National University of Mexico. 2002-2003.
  • Diploma Course on “Cultural Interactivity and Global Processes”. (Coordinator) National University of Mexico, 2003-2004.
  • “Anthropology, culture and globalization”, Ph.D. Program, Institute of Anthropological Research, National University of Mexico, 2005-.
  • “Culture, international relations and globalization”, Ph.D. Program, School of Political and Social Science, National Autonomous University of Mexico, 2007-08.


-Paper Culture and Development in the Asia-Pacific Region” at the seminar on The Future of Culture in the Asia-Pacific region sponsored by the Toyota Foundation, Japan, January 1995.

-Participant in the Fourth World Conference on Women, organized by the United Nations, 2-3 September 1995, Beijing.

-Moderator in Roundtable The Responsibility of Artists, organized by The World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting, 1-6 February, 1996, Davos, Switzerland.

-Presentation of the Report of the World Commission for Culture and Development before the General Assembly of the United Nations, 30 October 1996, New York, USA.

-Paper “Research agenda in the field of social sciences and culture”, European Conference on Research Partnerships for Sustainable Development, organized by the European Commission and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 11-13 March 1997, Leiden, Netherlands.

-Keynote speaker, Proposals of the World Comission on Culture and Development, IX Foro de Ministros Responsables de Políticas Culturales de América Latina y el Caribe, 29-30 May 1997, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

-Conference "Poverty, Culture and Social Capital" at the World Bank, April 28, 2000.

-Speaker, United Nations General Assembly, on the occasion of the presentation of the report of the Group of Eminent Persons on a Dialogue of Civilizations: Crossing the Divide.

-Member of the International Advisory Council for the United Nations History Project. Ralph Bunch Institute for International Studies. City University of New York, 13-14 December 2001.

-Co-coordinator, “Culture, Diversity and the Internet Workshop, sponsored by the National University of Mexico and the Social Science Research Council, USA. Jan 10-14, 2002.

-Speaker, “International Policy Dialogue on the Cultures of Development, House of World Cultures, Berlin 4-5 March 2002.

-ParticipantInternational Meeting of Experts on Intangible Cultural Heritage”. UNESCO, París. March 20-22, 2002.

-Conference “Culture and Development Theories and Research at Centre for Migration and Development, Princeton University, April 4, 2002.

-Paper “Intellectual History of Culture and Development Institutions at the World Bank Meeting “Culture and Public Action”, July 1-4, 2002.

-PaperCulture and Science presented in the Pontifical Academy for Science, Vatican City, November 8-10, 2002.

-Paper Social Sciences and Globalization in the World Conference of Science, Budapest, Hungary, November 10 to 4, 2003.

-Speaker in the session “Preventing collateral Damage to Cultural Heritage” in the World Economic Forum, Davos, January,2004.

-Paper The Value of Ritualpresented during the seminal “The Value and Valorization of Art” in Rockefeller Foundation Study Centre in Bellagio, Italy, February 15-20, 2004.

-Speaker, Latin-American Regional meeting on Women and Development of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLA) México, June 6 to 8, 2004.

-Coordinator, Seminar “A Fair Globalization: an analysis of the Report of the World Commission on Social Dimensions of Globalization” held jointly by the International Social Science Council, Mexican Academy for Scientific Research and National University of Mexico, June 9, 2004.

-Speaker during the launching of the Human Development Report 2004, held in the venue of European Union in Brussels, Belgium on July 19, 2004.

-Speaker during the presentation of the Human Development Report 2004 in UNESCO, with UNESCO’s Director Sr. Koichiro Matsuura and the Administrator of United Nations Program for Development Sr. Mark Malloch-Brown, July 2004.

-Coordinator, Workshop on the Report of the International Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalization held at UNESCO, july 2004.

-Co-coordinator and keynote speaker at the seminar “Cultures, Knowledge and the Internet” held jointly with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences, in Beijing, China, November 18-19, 2004.

-Paper on “Mexican migration patterns” in the Seminar Problemas y Desafíos de la Migración y el Desarrollo en América, organizador por la Red Internacional de Migración y Desarrollo, el Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias-UNAM y el Center for Research on Latin America and The Caribbean (CERLAC), Cuernavaca Morelos, 7 al 9 de Abril 2005.

-Paper on “Human Rights in Mexico at the seminar of the National Association for the Reform of the State, Mexico, February 3, 2006.

-Paper “Cultural Heritage in Induced Development” sponsored by the World Bank and held at the Library of Alexandria, April 20, 2005.

-Keynote speaker in Unesco International Forum on the Social Sciences-Social Policy Nexus, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 2006.

-Keynote speaker, Plenary session on Development Policies, in the International Congress of the Society for International Development, held in the Hague, Netherlands, on June 25, 2007.

Selected published articles:

-With Wolfgang Lutz “Population and Natural Resources", an Agenda for Science on Environment and Development . Cambridge: University of Cambridge.1992.

-With Fernanda Paz. "Culture et Durabilite" en Revue Tiers-Monde: Environnement et developpement, tomo XXXIII, no. 130, abril-junio 1992: 338-355.

"Culture and Knowledge in Development" in Change: Threat or Opportunity for Human Progress? Vol. IV: Changes in the Human Dimensions of Development, Ethics and Values, Uner Kirdar, ed. Nueva York: United Nations. 1992: 117-125.

-“Chiapas: los problemas básicos”. México: CRIM-UNAM, 1994. Also published in English, “Chiapas: The Basic Problems” in Identities, pp. 219-233, OPA, 1996.

-“On Culture and Social Sustainability”, in Development, 1997: 110-117. Reprint of article published in the same journal in 1989.

-“Sustainable Development in Forest Areas” en Encuentros Antropológicos: Power, Identity and Mobility in Mexican Society, V. Napolitano y Xochitl Leyva, comps. Londres: London University. 1998.

- “Cultural Heritage and Globalization” in Conservation, Los Angeles:Getty Conservation Institute. 2001.

-With Guiomar Alonso “Culture, Trade and Globalization”. Human Development Report Working Papers. Nueva York:UNDP. 2000. Published in Spanish in “Políticas culturales y desarrollo latinoamericano” in Cultura y Globalización, Daniel Mato, ed. Buenos Aires:Latin American Social Science Council. 2002.

-“Diversity and Integration: Towards a Research Agenda in Latin American Social Sciences”, in Jaime Behar, ed. Inequality, Democracy and Sustainable Development in Latin America. Stockholm: Institute of Latin American Studies. Dicember 2000. p. 155-164.

-“Cultura, Creatividad y Gobernabilidad” en Mato, Daniel, ed. Estudios Latinoamericanos sobre cultura y transformaciones sociales en tiempos de globalización. Caracas:Venezuela. 2001: 31-48.

-With Elizabeth Jelin, Mohan Rao y Paul Streeten. 2001. "Cultural Diversity, Conflicts and Pluralism" in the World Culture Report, vol II. Paris: UNESCO.

-“No Alternatives without Diversity” in Development, June 2002.

-“The Intellectual History of Culture and Development Institutions” in Culture and Public Action. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press (World Bank), 2002:163-185.

-With Enrique Nalda. “Patrimonio Cultural” in Cultura y Desarrollo, Néstor García Canclini, ed. México: Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos. 2003.

-“Migration and culture: symbolic networks of the future” in The Cultural Challenges of Mexico, L. Arizpe, ed. México: Miguel Ángel Porrúa. 2004.

-“Migración, diásporas y globalización” en Los Retos de la Cultura en México frente a la globalización, L. Arizpe, coord. Mexico: Nacional Congreso and Miguel Angel Porrùa. 2006.

-Culturas en Movimiento: interactividad cultural y procesos globales (Cultures in Movement: Cultural Interactivity and Global Processes). Mexico: National Congress and M.A. Porrua.2006.

-El Patrimonio cultural intangible: Convivencia, trueque y festividades. National University of Mexico, forthcoming.

-“The Value of Ritual: Aesthetics and Commitment” in Beyond Price: In Search of Cultural Value, M.Hutter and D. Throsby. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

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