Maristella Svampa, Universidad Nacional de La Plata: "The Ecoterritorial Feminisms, Relational Narratives and struggles against Neo-extractivism in Latin America."


Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Hybrid Event:

In-Person RSVP: Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics 2nd Floor Forum, 36th and Walnut Street, Philadelphia


For decades in the global South, and particularly in Latin America, women have been developing a strong role in social struggles and in processes of collective self-organization, linked to the field of human rights, to the defense of the most excluded sectors, to which environmental struggles have been added in the last times. This talk presents some of the central issues that address the struggles of women, in their connection with environmental and anti-extractivist movements and organizations in the Latin American region. To refer to these struggles, I adopt the denomination of ecoterritorial feminisms due to its link with ecoterritorial movements and mobilizations of socio-environmental affected people.
On the one hand, my talk presents the frame, through the concepts like Anthropocene and Neoextractivism; and Ecoterritorial Turn. On the other hand, I develop the different narratives of ecoterritorial feminisms, and the role of the extractive violence. My analysis focuses how these different narratives configure a space of variable geometry on some topics: Water, territory and extractivisms, Bodies and territories; land demand and food sovereignty.

Maristella Svampa is an Argentine sociologist, writer and activist. She is a researcher at CONICET (Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council) and a professor at the Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Buenos Aires Province). Maristella Svampa has written several books about political and social problems in Latin America. She received the Guggenheim Fellowship (2006) and National Award in Sociology for her book Debates Latinoamericanos, among other prestigious awards (2018). Her latest book is The ecological collapse has already arrived (2020), and The Energy Transition in Argentina (coord., 2022). She participates in the Ecosocial and Intercultural Pact of the South. During the current semester, she teaches at the New School of Social research, in New York.

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