Dr. Olga Galanova


Since April 2016

Lecturer at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum


September 2011 - February 2016

Young Fellow of the research network in the Center of Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at the University of Bielefeld with the AG Project Distrust


October 2010 - April 2014

PostDoc-Fellowship at the Bielefeld Graduate School of History and Sociology


November 2006 - November 2008

PhD thesis entitled „Unzufriedenheit. Zur Irritierbarkeit sozialer Ordnung“

Research areas

Creative users and visual online-communication multimediality Distrust in police practice historical social research and interpretative methods


Dr. Abigail Nieves Delgado


Abigail Nieves Delgado works as a researcher at the Centre for Anthropological Knowledge of Scientific and Technological Cultures (CAST), Ruhr University Bochum. She received her PhD from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2016 (thesis titled ‘The dominion of the face: A critical and historical analysis of the study of the human face’, Spanish title). Her research focuses on the history of physical anthropology and on the role of race in contemporary forensic sciences and biometric identification. Her current project “Collecting and Categorizing Faces for Security: Facial Recognition in the Era of Big Data” is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. It investigates how societal threats influence technological development in biometrics. Besides this she is interested in daily security practices of internet users, and in the configurations of identity in human-computer interactions.

Recent academic positions

Since January 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Anthropological Knowledge in Scientific and Technological Cultures (CAST), Ruhr University Bochum


June 2016 - December 2016

Visiting PhD Student and Postdoctoral Researcher (since 10/2016) of Mercator Research Group ‘Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge’, Ruhr University Bochum


October 2016

PhD, Philosophy of Sciende, National Autonomous University of Mexico (graduation with honors¸ ‘Mención Honorífica’) 

Dissertation: ‘El dominio del rostro: un análisis histórico y crítico del estudio de la cara humana’ [The dominion of the face: A critical and historical analysis of the study of the human face] (Advisor: Carlos López Beltrán).

Selected recent publications

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Science, Politics and the Production of Biological Knowledge: New Trends and Old Challenges. In: Journal of General Philosophy of Science (2018) https://doi.org/10.1007/s10838-018-9406-3.
  • ¿De qué me ves cara? Narrativas de herencia genética e identidad inscritas en la apariencia. [What do I look like? Narratives of origin, heredity and identity written on the face] (co-author: Vivette García Deister, Carlos López Beltrán). In: AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana 12(3): 313-337 (2017). http://www.aibr.org/antropologia/netesp/numeros/1203/120303.pdf

  • Life in a neoliberal era: The OECD and the development of bioeconomy in Mexico. In: Metatheoria, 5(1): 187-202 (2014).

Books and editions

  • Special issue ‘Filosofía de las ciencias de la vida: Fronteras difusas’ [Philosophy of the life sciences: Blurred borders] In: Metatheoria, 5(1) (2014). [Co-editors: X. Arteaga-Villamil, X.A. González Grandón].  

Book chapters

  • The history of the ‘Red-Man’: William Bollaert and the indigenous people of the Americas. In: Efram Sera-Shriar (ed.): Historicizing Humans: Deep Time, Evolution and Race in Nineteenth Century British sciences, University of Pittsburgh Press (History and Philosophy of Science Series). (Co-author: M. Esposito; 2018).

Reviews and others

  • Facelessness: A relational politics (book review of J. Edkins: Face Politics. Routledge, 2015). In: Cultural Politics, 12(3): 391-393 (2016).