Erica Michelle Lagalisse is a postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) International Inequalities Institute, under the supervision of Dr. Beverley Skeggs, and with the support of a fellowship from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture. She is engaged in multi-sited ethnographic research on the social dynamics surrounding “conspiracy theory” in social movement spaces. The research seeks to contribute constructive pedagogy around “conspiracy theory” as both a theoretical object and practical political problematic.
Lagalisse’s doctoral thesis in Anthropology, “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 solidarity activism and settler ‘anarchoindigenism’. The work throws into relief the particular practices 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.
Erica Lagalisse completed her PhD at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, during which time she 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 and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture. Beyond her PhD dissertation, her best known academic work may be found in Signs – Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Contesting Publics: Feminism, Activism, Ethnography, co-authored with Sally Cole, Lynne Phillips and Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan at Pluto Press. Her first monograph, Occult Features of Anarchism - With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples, was published by PM Press in January 2019.