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Hojarasca: Selva and Decomposition
Join this virtual session of Botanical Speculations led by Alejandro Ponce de León (Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Davis), Paloma Mayorga (Artist, Austin TX), Kristina Lyons (Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania), and Daniel Jiménez Quiroz (M.A. Arts Administration & Policy, SAIC), members of the Latin American platform Humanidades Ambientales.
Thinking through the vitality, impermanence, and fragility of South America's selvas, this session hopes to complicate modernist bifurcations between life and death, form and function, materiality and politics, amongst others. As we speculate through the selection of literature and images curated for this session, the invitation is also to muddle idyllic interpretations of natural landscapes by carefully attending to re-and-de-composition processes that make and unmake places.
Thursday, December 3, 5 pm CST
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Join this virtual conversation: Why does conflict persist in Colombia? Lessons from the nexus: environment, territory and health
Organized by the PazAltoCauca Project of the Universidad del Valle and Loughborough University, with a special invitation by the Truth Commission (Group on Work in Health and Drugs and Armed Conflict Team CEV)
Thursday, November 12, 10:00 -12:00 (Colombian hour)
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Conversations on field issues
Join this conversation on multidisciplinary and public social science hosted by the Departament of Anthropology and Sociology at the Universidad de Caldas and the Semillero on Field Issues and Anthropologcial Writing.
Wednesday, October 21 from 2-4 pm (Colombian hour)
Link to join: https://meet.google.com/jio-dytd-zwm
Rights of Nature for Bodies of Water
Join this conversation on the granting of legal rights to the Atrato River in Colombia from legal, social scientific, and community water guardian perspectives.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Latin American Panel on Water Justice
Join this panel on Hydric Justice in Latin America: Water Situated in Territorial and Cultural Perspectives. The event is organized by the Bogotá City Council member Ati Quigua Izquierdo.
Monday, October 12 at 5 pm Colombia hour.
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WEBINAR: Vital Decomposition Book Talk
Environmental Humanities Lecture
Oct. 8, 2020
10:15 AM-12:00 PM EST
4:15 PM–6:00 PM Oslo hour
Knowledge for whom and for what?
Join this conversation on the role of public social sciences in critical times. Hosted by the Laboratory of Social Transformations and the Ph.D. in Social Sciences at the Universidad Diego Portales of Chile.
Friday, September 25 at 4:30 pm
Recipe Book of Far Away Flavors
Recipe Book of Far Away Flavors is a comic documentary that gathers together eight histories that explore the relationship between socio-environmental conflicts and food, which communities produce and consume and that are affected by these conflicts in different regions of Colombia.
Conversing about Amazonia
Radio Program on the Colombian Amazon. What is the Amazon Basin? Which countries form part of it? Who or what is damaging this great ecosystem? How can solutions be built from the territory?
Research: it is a problem?
Conversation with the Political Science Program at the Surcolombiana University about trajectories of research as vital experience.
Is Colombia living a postconflict?
Radio Program on the Colombian peace process. Post-conflict or post-Peace accord?: A debate on the complexities of the peace process in Colombia and some lessons for Mexico.
Entangling Ecologies, Knowledges and Kinships
Public conversation between Donna Haraway and Brigette Baptiste moderated by Kristina Lyons in the Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Theater in Bogotá, Colombia. August 6, 2019
Timeline of the socio-environmental memories of the Mandur River created in collaboration with the artist, Marco Pinto, December 19, 2018.
Pop-up book pages created by students at the Rural Educative Institute, Las Perlas, Puerto Guzmán with the artist group, Mundos de Papel. November 2018. "Imagining a recovered Mandur"
Workshop with the community Buena Esperanza in the upper area of the watershed. October 2019.
Drawings of the socio-environmental memories of the fish of the Mandur created by Marco Pinto, December 19, 2018.
On October 28th, the 16th and 22nd of December 2018, we organized three community dialogues in Puerto Guzmán, Galilea and Santa Lucia with social leaders from the upper, middle and lower areas of the Mandur River watershed. We sought to create a propositional atmosphere instead of only denouncing the contamination of the river and the degradation of the territory in order to discuss the potential recovery of the watershed through community agreements. During the dialogues, community members expressed that: “the watershed is our home”, “we are brothers and sisters”, and “we should search to build solidarity between everyone.” Relationships of solidarity between the communities is very important because a watershed is connected in all of its dimensions. What happens upstream affects life downstream and vice versa. During the series of dialogues, the different sectors inhabiting the watershed committed to the implementation of action plans to begin to recover the Mandur.
March 2018-January 2020
Rivers and Reconciliation
Community Ordinance, Recovery and Conservation of the Mandur River Watershed, Puerto Guzmán, Putumayo
Participatory action-research project in collaboration with Fundación ItarKa, Marco Pinto, Mundos de Papel, and the rural communities of the Mandur River watershed.
On March 23rd, 24th, 31st, October 20th and November 3rd 2018, we organized workshops in the communities of Buenos Aires del Mandur, Las Perlas, Galilea, and with the Association of Women Gold Panners in Santa Lucia to begin to reconstruct the socio-ecological memory of the Mandur River watershed. Our goal was to reconstruct the socio-environmental history of the territory, engage in a popular diagnosis of the state of the flora and fauna, and support community actions to recover and conserve the watershed. We sought to create spaces for community dialogue to discuss the problems affecting the watershed: gold mining, oil exploration, deforestation, expansion of cattle ranching, illicit coca crops, lack of potable water, state abandonment, presence of armed groups, and conflicts between rural communities. During the workshops, residents shared the reasons that they settled and remained living in the territory of the Mandur: fishing, swimming, mobility, beauty, los paseos de olla, the refreshing microclimates produced by the shade of the trees along the banks of the river, the wild animals that they hunted and lived with, and the access to water. They recognized the need to mitigate the contamination occurring at the headwaters in the upper part of the watershed and to reforest the middle and lower parts of the watershed, proposing solutions to conserve the water and forests through community agreements. The mid and long range goals with the communities of the watershed include recovering not only the Mandur River, but also the areas of forest, wetland, creeks and streams; constructing practices of ‘living well’ in the territory; and transforming the economic systems in harmony with the selva, the river, and all of their beings
Soundscape about life in the middle of armed conflict and daily resistance on the part of rural communities in Puerto Guzmán, Putumayo. This was a collaborative project with a team from the Center for National Memory, (CNMH) and the piece was launched during the exhibition “Voices to Transform Colombia” at the International Book Fair of Bogotá in April 2018.
Life in the middle of armed conflict
Cultivating Living Well in the Amazon
“Cultivating Living Well in the Amazon” is a popular education audiovisual project that seeks to disseminate viable technical alternatives and campesino-to-campesino pedagogies that permit the flourishing of rural communities in their territories. It aims to support the creation of sustainable agroecological systems based on the Andean-Amazonian region and, at the same time, to strengthen food autonomy and agricultural production in ways that guarantee a dignified life for rural families. It supports the formulation of PLADIA-2035 (Integral Andean-Amazonian Development Plan) designed by campesino communities in the department of Putumayo and that forms part of their social and political struggles since the Coca Growers' Marches of 1996. This project is a product of the proposals, practices, knowledges, and efforts of the campesino, indigenous and Afro-descendent communities of the Andean-Amazonian foothills of southwestern Colombia. Especially, the Regional Working Group of Campesino, Indigenous, Afro-descendent, Youth, and Union Social Movements of Putumayo, Baja Bota Caucana and Cofanía Jardines de Sucumbiós, Nariño. Filming and edition work was done by Ricardo Velasco and the scripts were produced in collaboration with Heraldo Vallejo, Nelso Enriquez and Elva Montenegro.