Themes: Our Creativy Diversity
A new global ethics
A commitment to pluralism
Challenges of a media-rich world
recasting cultural policies

Speakers on the conference
The Power of Culture
Lourdes Arizpe
Biographical Information


Current Position: Assistent Director-General for Culture, UNESCO


Certificat d'Etudes Francaises, Université de Genčve, Switzerland, 1964;
M.A. in Antropology, Escuela Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, 1907;
Ph. D. in Social Antropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1975.

Professional Positions

Researcher-Lecturer, El Colegio de Mexico, 1972-85;
Academic Coordinator, Department of Sociology, El Colegio de Mexico, 1975-77;
Researcher-Consultant, International Labour Organisation, 1979-81;
Visiting Fellow, Institute of development Studies, Sussex University, 1982;
Director, National Museum of Popular Cultures, 1985-88;
Researcher, Regional Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, National University of Mexico, 1991-94;
Secretary, Mexican Academy of Science, 1992-94.

International Positions

President of the International Union of Antropological and Ethnological Sciences, 1988-93;
Steerling Committee, Development Alternatives for Women in a New Era (DAWN), 1985-98;
Vice-President, Society for International Development, 1991-94;
Steering Committee 'Overcoming Hunger in the 1990's', 1990-93;
Executive Committee, International Social Science Council (ISSC), 1991-92; Vice-President, ISSC, 1992-94.

Professioinal Memberships and awards

Fullbright-Hayes Award, 1978;
John D. Guggenheim Award, 1982;
President, Mexican Association of Antropologists and Ethnologists, 1985-88;
Joint Latin-American Committee, Social Science Research Council (U.S.A.), 1987-90;
Secretary-General, Mexican Society of Antropology, 1992-94.

Selected Publications

Numerous research articles and chapters of books.

    Main 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 (1988)

    Women and Development in Mexico and Latin America (1989)

"Culture and Knowledge in Development" in Change:Threat or opportunity for Human Progress?
Uner Kirdar (ed.) New York, 1992;

"Culture and Sustainability" in Revue du Tiers Monde (1992) (with F. Paz)

"Rethinking the population Environment debate" in Population and Environment: Rethinking the Debate Arizpe, Stone and Major (Ed), 1994

Culture and Social Change: Social Perceptions of Deforestation in the Lacandona Rain Forest (with F. Paz and M. Valesquez), 1995

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General Introduction
pijltje_beneden.gif (179 bytes) Speakers
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Lourdez Arizpe
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Adriaan van Dis
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Josette Feral
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Riffat Hassan
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Dragan Klaic
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Hans Küng
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Flora Lewis
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Madala Mphahlele
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Bert Mulder
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) David Nostbakken
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Herman Philpse
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Anil Ramdas
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Allister Sparks
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Horst Stipp
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Nasr Zaid
our creative diversity