Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social


The Center of Research and Higher Studies on Social Anthropology (CIESAS by its initials in Spanish) is a public research institution of CONACyT’s Public Centers System. It was created in 1973 as Center of Higher Research of the National Anthropology and History Institute (CIS-INAH) by three prominent anthropologists: Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán, Guillermo Bonfil Batalla and Ángel Palerm Vich; in 1980 it was reorganized to become today’s CIESAS. Social research takes place within this institution, as well as educational programs specialized in Anthropology, Ethnology, History, Linguistics, Geography, Sociology and Political Sciences. All this is carried out with strict scientific rigour and with full academic freedom and seeking to contribute to a better understanding of Mexico’s social and cultural phenomena. Since its creation, CIESAS has published the outcome of its investigations, as well as documents fundamental for teaching areas. CIESAS’s editorial catalogue includes more than 1,000 titles classified into collections based on their research lines. Some of our books are considered classic Anthropology works, other as true benchmarks of the cutting-edge Social Sciences. CIESAS also has periodical publications such as Desacatos (Disregard). Revista de Antropología Social (Social Anthropology Magazine), a four-monthly magazine that provides a central space to discuss about relevant anthropological and social issues. 

Contact information

  • Name: Mario Brito Barrios
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  • Phone: +52 (55) 5487-3570, Ext. 1336