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CEDLA EVENTS 
FEBRUARY - JUNE 2024 

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ATTENTION! LECTURE POSTPONED
Latin American Indigenous Knowledge, Exoticism and Pharmacy in European Cultural Repertoires
CEDLA LECTURE 
17 MAY 2024
Masterclass: Rivers and translocal commoning struggles 
for PhD and MA students

WUR and CEDLA-UvA Masterclass
31 MAY 2024
"Diary of Travelling Rivers"
Documentary screening
31 MAY 2024
Criminal Displacement: Rupture and Reckoning in Guatemala’s Extortion Economy
CEDLA LECTURE
7 JUNE 2024
Annual Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) Conference 
Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS) day
SLAS Conference, 1-3 July 2024
PILAS Day, 4 July 2024
Deadline for all proposals: CLOSED
Registration deadline: 11 March 2024
PHOTO EXHIBITION
'EVERYTHING SINGS'
BY LAURA TRIANA GALLEGO
FEBRUARY-MAY 2024

 

“Everything in music is nature; it is singing and playing; it is Whatuku. Because the whole area of the river, the water, the wind stick, the breeze - everything sings, and we also sing to them to be grateful for what we received from nature”.

Mamo Eusebio Conchagui Sauna, August 2023

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia is a biodiverse region where the mountains meet the Caribbean Sea. It is also home to various Amerindian communities, including the Wiwa. Between 2011 and 2023, Laura Triana Gallego visited the Wiwa living around Siminke in the Ranchería River basin, first as a team member of an NGO and later as an independent researcher and PhD candidate at CEDLA (FGw-UvA)

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Latin American Indigenous Knowledge, Exoticism and Pharmacy in European Cultural Repertoires
Masterclass: Rivers and translocal commoning struggles 
for PhD and MA students

TARGET AUDIENCE: For PhD and MA students
SPEAKERS: Rutgerd Boelens (CEDLA-UvA & WUR), Leontien Cremers (WUR & UU ), Bibiana Duarte-Abadía (WUR), Barbara Hogenboom (CEDLA-UvA)

PROGRAMME: in pdf available
DATE: 31 May
TIME: 14:00 - 15:30, followed by the launch of the documentary "Diary of Travelling Rivers"
ACTIVITY: The masterclass is followed by the screening of the documentary ‘Diary of Traveling Rivers’, plus discussion.
VENUE: CEDLA Room 2.02 (2nd floor)

REGISTRATION NEEDED: form

Travelling Rivers is a collective counter-mapping initiative that aims to illustrate and mobilise the knowledge, imaginaries and conflicts around rivers that are generally hidden, but perceived and experienced daily by riverine communities. From April to June 2023, fishing and peasant communities, social movements and activists-artists and researchers from the Riverhood and River Commons projects engaged in local counter-mapping workshops on four rivers in Colombia and two in Ecuador: the Magdalena, La Miel, Bogotá and, Sumapaz and the Guargalla y Alao rivers. By taking the mapping workshops and the maps themselves from one context to another, the different experiences and struggles were woven together, connecting stories, concerns, debates and movements. Rivers travelled and promoted transnational solidarity.

Researchers from various river cases, filmmakers and protagonists featured in the documentary will be present to share their experiences and discuss the challenges of conducting research through counter-mapping. In addition, the filmmakers will comment on the difficulties of communicating key messages in the midst of socio-political and environmental complexity. During the session, panelists will discuss how the documentary and its dissemination can act as a valuable resource to strengthen river community initiatives and facilitate the implementation of actions for river defence plans. The public is invited to comment and ask questions after the screening of the documentary.

Screening of the documentary "Diary of Travelling Rivers"

SPEAKERS: Rutgerd Boelens (CEDLA-UvA & WUR), Leontien Cremers (WUR & UU ), Bibiana Duarte-Abadía (WUR), Barbara Hogenboom (CEDLA-UvA)
DATE: 31 May
TIME: 16:00 - 17:45, followed by drinks and snacks
ACTIVITY: Documentary screening
VENUE: CEDLA Room 2.02 (2nd floor)

The Award of Excellence winning documentary (international Impact Docs Award) shows how these ‘river connectors’ make rivers travel, promoting translocal solidarity. During the event in Impulse the researchers and filmmakers discuss the notion and practices of ‘counter-mapping’, the making of such impact documentaries, and how the rivers that now have crossed and connected Colombia and Ecuador, may bridge and travel to European, Asian and African rivers – the next initiative.

Criminal Displacement: Rupture and Reckoning in Guatemala’s Extortion Economy

SPEAKER: Katherine Saunders-Hasting, University College London
DATE: 7 June
TIME: 15.30-17.00, followed by drinks and snacks
ACTIVITY: CEDLA LECTURE
VENUE: CEDLA Room 2.02 (2nd floor)

Gangs, extortion, migration: these are among the big stories that have dominated domestic public discourse in and international coverage of Central America’s Northern Triangle of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras in the 21st century. While the region’s once world-leading murder rates have declined significantly over the past decade, extortion—the core of the criminal economy of its notorious street gangs called ‘maras’—has expanded precipitously. It is now a billion-dollar industry affecting hundreds of thousands of people every year. 

 

This same criminal economy and the gangs behind it have also been displacing residents of the Northern Triangle within and beyond the borders of their countries. Many thousands have sought to claim asylum abroad on the basis of extortion, violence, and threats by gangs and the inability or unwillingness of their home states to protect them. However, criminal persecution fits poorly with existing international protection regimes, raising a need to further our understanding of the nexus between forced displacement and organized crime.

 

Drawing on a dozen years of longitudinal ethnographic research in Guatemala City, this talk explores the evolution of gang-run extortion economies, the ways residents of mara territories have sought to cope with them, and the complex relationship between gangs, extortion, and criminal displacement. 

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This year the conference will also include an additional day for postgraduates organised by PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies).

CEDLA is delighted to invite proposals for the SLAS conference and PILAS day once our submission system opens on Friday 15 September 2023.

SLAS Conference, 1-3 July 2024
PILAS Day, 4 July 2024
Deadline for all proposals: CLOSED
Registration deadline: 11 March 2024

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