Logics of Extractive Occupation and Collective Action in Latin America


Workshop „Logics of Extractive Occupation and Collective Action in Latin America“

International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

The upcoming 3-day workshop will combine academic and activists’ knowledge on extractivism in Colombia and Ecuador and will use different didactics for this purpose (guided discussion of papers, mapping body-territory, panel discussions, presentations). The participation of German scholars and activists from Colombia and Ecuador alike provides a multifaceted and innovative approach to the discussion of extractivism in Latin America, its interconnectedness with politics and its impact on society (and their response). The event is organized into three thematic areas: “Historical perspectives on extractivism and territorial resistance”, “Extractivism in relation to state and society in contemporary Latin America” and “Current strategies of resistance to extractive occupation”.

Participating scholars are Prof. Halbmayer (Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Marburg), Dr. Antje Gunsenheimer (Pre-Hispanic American Ethnology; University of Bonn) and Dr. Alke Jenss(Sociology, Uni Freiburg); Participating activists are Colectivo Feminismo y Territorios (Ecuador), Mallu Muniz (MINKA Urbana collective, Ecuador), Kati Betancourt (CONAIE, Ecuador), Alejandra Llanos (Agrarian Summit, Colombia), Marino Córdoba (AFRODES, Colombia), and Armando Wouriyu (ONIC, Colombia). 

Please note: All of the workshops will be accessible for English-speakers. However, the panels with activists will be provided in Spanish and translation to English will be given.    

  1. June: Opening Workshop, 10am-1pm in Phil I, room B.29,
  • 10am-1pm: Collective „Feminism and Territory“, Opening Workshop: Mapeando el cuerpo-territorio para la resistencia (Mapping “Body-Territory” as Strategy of Resistance)
  1. June: From 10am-1pm in Phil I, room B.29; from 2pm-7pm in Phil I; GCSC building room 001
  • 11am-12.30pm: Dr. Antje Gunsenheimer, Chair (University of Bonn): Discussion on “Economic and Social Change in Yucatan During the Colonial Epoch and Early Independence: Implications for the Yucatec Maya Society”
  • 2pm-4pm: Dr. Alke Jenss (University of Freiburg): A State of Peace? Extractivist Logics For A Post-Conflict Territory
  • 4.30pm-6pm:  Having an Impact on State Policies and Peace Building: Insights from members of the ethnic commission in Colombia(Armando Wouriyuu & Marino Córdoba; video conference, chaired by María Cárdenas)
  1. June 2018: From 10am-1pm in Phil I, room B.29; from 2pm-7pm in Phil I; GCSC building room 001
  • 10am-12am: Prof. Ernst Halbmayer (University of Marburg): „Extracting Conflict   – Extractivism, violence and indigenous life. The case of the Yukpa
  • 2m-4pm: Resistance to Extractivism and Territorial Occupation (Mallu Muniz (MINKA Urbana), Kati Betancourt (CONAIE, Ecuador), Alejandra Llanos (Agrarian, Peasant and Popular Ethnic Summit of Colombia), present via video conference).
  • 4.15pm-6.30pm:  Panel discussion: Changes and continuities of extractivism in Latin America (Prof. Halbmayer, Dr. Antje Gunsenheimer, Dr. Alke Jenss, chaired by Richard Herzog)

Registration: Please send an email to Richard.D.Herzog@gcsc.uni-giessen.de

Organized by: AG Global South (in collaboration with RA7, RA6, and ETRG Migration and (De)coloniality); sponsored by: Graduate Center for the Study of Culture, Justus-von-Liebig-University Giessen.