I was born into a modern and conventional Mexican family. I was raised in Cancún -tropical hell, fleeting paradise- away from my main cultural roots. My parents, native from Chiapas and Veracruz, two different corners of the “Deep South”, pursued the dream of several mestizo families from 80’s middle class, moved to the city due to industrial modernization, and finally arrived at such atypical corner in national space in 1992.
Like many, a constant questioning on my identity led me to anthropology. I studied a bachelor degree in Social Anthropology at the Universidad Veracruzana (2005-2010). The vibrant college life in Xalapa meant an important turning point in my early independence. During this period, I held grants from two study abroad programs at the Department of Sociology of the Université de Nantes, France (2008- 2009) and at the Faculty of Anthropological Sciences of the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (2010), where I respectively attended specialized seminars in comparative cultural sociology and contemporary regional studies.
I obtained my diploma (Suma Cum Laude) presenting a research entitled “Cartografías de un sueño: retrazando el espacio turístico como marcador de identidad en Cancún, Quintana Roo”, which was awarded with an “honorable mention” and recommended for publication for its solid and pioneering contribution to the study of spatial semiotics on tourist contexts such as Mexican Caribbean. Soon afterwards, I was luckily allowed to enter into the teaching field, a task for which I had ever been passionate.
Currently, I’m an Erasmus Mundus grantee at the TEMA Masters Course, assigned to the Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem and to the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Broadly speaking, my main knowledge branch focuses on anthropological analysis of emergent social geographies within littoral tourist regions. I’m deeply devoted to spatial justice to promote social/cultural management of public space face to financial speculation of soil in developing spots like Mexican Caribbean. My research project is entitled “Vers une justice spatiale de l’eternel paradis éphémère. Approche géocritique au réaménagement territorial d’un coin néocolonial du Caraïbe mexicain nord (2001- 2011)”.
This is the path whereby I long to turn into a lifetime traveler
Luis Alberto Velasco Ruiz