The Mexican anthropologist and feminist died Mercedes Olivera Bustamante (1934-2022), reported the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
Diego Prieto Hernandez, general director of INAH, recalled on his Twitter account who was a professor at various universities in Mexico, Central America and Spain: “I learn, with great sadness, of the death of Mercedes Olivera. Dear and admired colleague and friend, committed to the rights, dignity and culture of the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Guatemala”.
I learn, with great sadness, of the death of Mercedes Olivera. Dear and admired colleague and friend, committed to the rights, dignity and culture of the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Guatemala. We will meet you at Xibalbá. See you always 😭 pic.twitter.com/P8lzVAU8Do
– Diego Prieto (@dprieto_) August 7, 2022
Researcher and academic at the Center for Higher Studies in Mexico and Central America (Cesmeca) and the University of Sciences and Arts of Chiapas (Unicach), Mercedes Olivera began her studies in anthropology at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH), in 1956; He received his doctorate in the same discipline from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1977. He was part of the National System of Researchers (SNI), level III.
He participated in the founding of organizations such as the Center for Research and Action for Latin American Women (CIAM), the Chiapas Women’s Rights Center (Cdmch), as well as the Mercedes Olivera y Bustamante Feminist Collective, AC (Cofemo), from where she dedicated herself to working for the human and labor rights of indigenous women.
She was also the forerunner of the postgraduate studies in Feminist Studies and Intervention at Cesmeca-Unicach, an institution in which, until her last days, led the Academic Body of Gender and Feminism Studies.
In 2016 she was distinguished with the Martin Diskin Memorial Dissertation Awardat the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), in addition to having been awarded the CLACSO 2018 Award for human rights and solidarity among peoples.
She was the author and coordinator of innumerable articles and books such as the volume Popular feminism and revolution. Between militancy and anthropology. essential anthology (Montserrat Bosch, ed. 2019).