Erica Michelle Lagalisse is an anthropologist and writer, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE), and board member at The Sociological Review. She is the author of Occult Features of Anarchism – With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples (2019).
Lagalisse’s doctoral thesis,“Good Politics”: Property, Intersectionality, and the Making of the Anarchist Self, explores anarchist networks that cross Québec, the United States and Mexico to examine contradictions within indigenous solidarity activism and settler “anarchoindigenism”. The comparative work also throws into relief the idiosyncracies of university-educated Anglo-American leftists, and draws on anthropological, feminist and critical race theory to show how they have preempted the black feminist challenge of “intersectionality” by recuperating its praxis within the logic of neoliberal self-making projects and property relations.
Under the supervision of Dr. Beverley Skeggs, her first postdoctoral research project is a multi-sited ethnography studying the social dynamics surrounding “conspiracy theory” in left social movement spaces. Her book Occult Features of Anarchism (2019) is a popular intervention that examines the gender of modern revolutionism while illustrating its actual relationship with the clandestine fraternity and occult philosophy. Her work-in-progress explores frictions between educated activists who denounce “conspiracy theories” and lay activists who defend them.
Other developing research interests concern the political economy of marijuana legalization: Like all constructions of “health”, the medicalized legalization of marijuana is a political, class-making device that establishes the respectability of some at the expense of others.
While completing her PhD at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Lagalisse also held a visiting researcher appointment at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social (CIESAS) in Oaxaca, Mexico, and a U.S.-Canada Fulbright Fellowship at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as doctoral scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FRQSC). Further writing may be found in Signs – Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the Journal of Ethnobiology, Essays on Anarchism and Religion Vol. II, and Contesting Publics: Feminism, Activism, Ethnography, co-authored with Sally Cole, Lynne Phillips and Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan at Pluto Press.
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Information and writings in Spanish found here.