Abeyami [ Abeyamí ] Ortega Domínguez

Abeyami [ Abeyamí ] Ortega Domínguez


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I am an anthropologist and interdisciplinary scholar specialising in visual culture and social justice, with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality. My work is grounded in social and visual anthropological frameworks and ethnographic methods in conversation with visual and cultural studies, art history, and media perspectives from intersectional queer, critical race, feminist, and decolonial approaches.

Focusing on Latin America and the Global South, my research and teaching engage how visual and material cultures, art and media practices, social movements, and the creative industries relate to the production and countering of inequalities as ever-changing relational fields.

I am currently researching racialization and digital and printed visual cultures in Argentina, Peru, and Colombia. I have conducted research on public art and antiracism, and on visuality, race, citizenship and mediatization in Mexico; on art for social justice collaborations between South African, Turkish, and Burundian trans and intersex activists; and on migration, cultural heritage, masculinities, and embodied art practices (performance, tattoos) in the US and Mexican borderlands.

An integral interest in my work is to engage academic practices with social justice issues. This has led me to co-convene collaborative projects linking scholarly, activist, and artistic work through creative methods in different settings and with diverse collaborators in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. For example, Creaction: Creative Critical Interventions For Social Justice, a forthcoming edited volume under contract with UCL Press, and series of workshops I co-convened with Dr Natasha Tanna and Dr hakan Sandal-Wilson, from the universities of York and Cambridge, at UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies.

My teaching has also been guided by the interest to promote social justice awareness through critical thinking, and with this focus, I have taught to UG students in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Sociology on representation, visual culture, race, gender, and sexuality supervision topics, and lectured at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH).

I am a researcher in the AHRC-funded project Comics and Race in Latin America (Dr James Scorer, PI; Prof. Peter Wade, Co-I). I did a PhD at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University London, was Associate PhD student at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge, and hold degrees in Mesoamerican Studies from UNAM and in Anthropology from ENAH.

Email: maria.ortegadominguez@manchester.ac.uk 

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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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Loughborough University

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • race and ethnicity
  • visual culture
  • visual communication
  • Visual anthropology
  • F1201 Latin America (General)
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • GN Anthropology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities


  • Visual Culture
  • anti-racism
  • Social Justice
  • art-activism
  • critical transfeminism


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