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Mining, water and rural livelihoods on the Bolivian Altiplano: Exploring contrasting visions of development and justice.

November 21, 2011 - Uris Hall, Room 153

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 1:15pm - 3:00pm

Tom Perreault is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Syracuse University. His research examines the relationship between society and the natural environment in Latin America. More specifically, his work focuses on three interrelated themes: (1) resource use and environmental governance; (2) the cultural politics of indigenous and campesino environmental struggles; and (3) rural development and questions of livelihood. With the support of a Fulbright-Hays fellowship, he spent the first half of 2011 in Bolivia, conducting research on the social and environmental implications of hard rock mining for indigenous-campesino communities on the Bolivian Altiplano. In particular, this project focuses on water - water rights, water use, water pollution - as it mediates the relationship between rural peoples and the mining economy. His past research has examined hydrocarbons extraction and competing visions of the nation in Bolivia, water politics and the campesino irrigators' movement in Bolivia, and indigenous organizing and identity politics in the Ecuadorian Amazon. He is the author of 'Movilización política e identidad indígena en el Alto Napo, Quito' (Quito, Abya Yala, 2002), as well as some 30 journals articles and book chapters, in both English and Spanish. From 2006-2009 he served as Director of Syracuse University's Program on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Uris Hall, Room 153
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