[evoz] Lectures about Latin America at UVIC

Lectures at University of Victoria

Tuesday Sept. 18, 11-12noon Sedgewick C168

“Mining and Socioenvironmental Conflicts in Colombia”

Claudia Puerta Silva (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Universidad Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia,)

Abstract: Although the proportion of mining as a percentage of GDP decreased in 2017, it continues to be of key importance to the Colombian economy and was considered in the Development Plans of the last governments as the engine of the country’s development. According to the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, at least 127 cases of socio-environmental conflict can currently be identified in Colombia, the most of any country in the world after India (Temper, Del Bene, & Martinez-Alier, 2015). These conflicts have emerged largely as a result of the significant impact of mining on the livelihood of the inhabitants. In this talk I intend to present the current panorama of socio-environmental conflicts linked to mining in Colombia, reflecting on the perspective of local populations about the dispossession of lands, the impact on their main resources, and the imposed transformation of their traditional ways of life.

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Tuesday Oct. 16, 11-12noon Sedgewick C168

Counter Memory:

Military Cultural Interventions and the Human Rights Era in Peru

Cynthia Milton (Professor, Department of History Université de Montréal)

Abstract: What happens when concepts of “truth,” “memory,” and “human rights” are taken up and adapted by former perpetrators of violence? Tracing the period from the transition after the fall of the Fujimori regime to open democracy, through the work of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation and subsequent trials against military men, to the entrenchment of the human rights era in Peru, Milton examines an array of surprising cultural interventions by members of the Peruvian Armed Forces. As military men faced an active judiciary, they worked toward constructing a countervailing historical narrative of their role in the conflict to that which was presented by the truth commission and they performed various cultural interventions to shift the public debate (film, museums, novels, their own truth report, and censorship). These cultural interventions go against our usual understanding of human rights that is victim-focused or rather the Armed Forces expanded this understanding to include the military’s own victimhood.

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