Andres Barera-Gonzales je profesor socijalne antropologije na Univerzitetu u Madridu (Complutense, koji je jedan od najstarijih univerziteta u svijetu i jedan je od najcjenjenijih u Španiji). Fulbrajtov je stipendista i gostujuci profesor na najpoznatijim svjetskim univerzitetima: Harvard, Berkli, UCLA, Evropski univerzitet u Firenzi.
Istraživački interesi dr Barera je protežu se u rasponu od antropologije srodstva i porodice do seljačkih društava i obreda obrezivanja; kulturni i nacionalni identiteti; jezičke ideologije, politika; i antropologija Evrope. Među njegovim publikacijama su: La dialectica de Identidad en Cataluna (CIS, 1985); Casa, herencia y familia en la Cataluña rural (Alianza, 1990); „Jezik, kolektivni identiteti i nacionalizam u Kataloniji, i Španija uopšte“ (EUI – EF, Firenca, 1995); „Porodično nasljeđivanje, prenos nekretnina i porodični sistemi u agrarnim društavima savremene Španije“ (JFH 3.2 1998). U ovom trenutku uređuje (sa Monikom Heinz, Anna Horolets, i Peter Skalnik) tri toma koji će otvoriti seriju knjiga sa LIT: Evropske studije u socio-kulturnoj antropologiji i etnologiji. Takođe radi na knjizi čiji je tema: Jezik ideologija, politika u Španiji i njene autonomne zajednice, 1878-2008.
Autor je brojnih naučno-istraživačkih radova i knjiga posvećenih proučavanju španske i evropske kulture. Ugledan je gost velikog broja međunarodnih konferencija i foruma.
Andrés Barrera-González earned his doctoral degree from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and carried out post-doctoral studies at the University of Chicago as a Fulbright scholar. He was visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley; visiting lecturer at the University of Kent in Canterbury; and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. He is presently tenured profesor titular at Universidad Complutense, where he has been teaching socio-cultural anthropology for over twenty five years.
Dr Barrera’s research interests range from the anthropology of kinship and the family to peasant societies and sharecropping; cultural and national identities; language ideologies, politics and policies; and the anthropology of Europe. Among his publications are: La dialéctica de la identidad en Cataluña (CIS, 1985); Casa, herencia y familia en la Cataluña rural (Alianza, 1990); “Language, Collective Identities and Nationalism in Catalonia, and Spain in general” (EUI-EF, Florence, 1995); “Domestic Succession, Property Transmission and Family Systems in the Agrarian Societies of Contemporary Spain” (JFH 3.2 1998). He is at present editing (with Monica Heinz, Anna Horolets, and Peter Skalník) the three volumes which will open the book series with LIT: Europeanist Studies in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology (proceedings of the Litomysl 2004, Paris 2007, and Madrid 2008 conferences on the Anthropology of Europe (http://www.ucm.es/info/antrosim). He is also working on a book whose theme is: Language Ideologies, Politics and Policies in Spain and its Autonomous Communities, 1878-2008.
While at Harvard University on a sabbatical leave and a visiting scholarship, May 2010 through January 2011, and July through September 2011, Professor Barrera is doing primarily archival and library research on a new field of academic endeavor: “Scientific Expeditions and their Contribution to Theoretical Development in Anthropology: The Harvard Irish Survey and Kalahari Projects”. The main focus is on the Harvard-Smithsonian Marshall Family Expeditions to South West Africa/Namibia carried out in the 1950s.
Furthermore, during the said sabbatical leave at Harvard University, on a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education (PR2009-0399), Dr Barrera has had the opportunity to carry out a series of interviews with scholars and administrators, who are associated with the division of the Humanities within Higher Education in the USA, at: Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University; Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University; Council of the Humanities, Princeton University. He has also conducted a number of visits and interviews with relevant officials at the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington D.C.; and at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Commission on Humanities and Social Sciences, in Cambridge MA. This is an inquiry which aims at documenting significant contrasts in the organization of higher education in Europe and the USA, particularly in what regards the status of the Humanities. All this work is related to a project in which Dr Barrera has been involved over the last three years:“The Humanities in Spain and Europe. Challenges and Opportunities of the European Convergence in Higher Education and Research.