The local press, shop owners, residents and local entrepreneurs regularly complain about the informality of the markets. Some of their complaints are real. A deadly fire inside the Minerva market last year testifies to that, just as the dangerous traffic situations everyone can see. But they ignore the informal organization within the markets, the varied ways in which it allows the market to keep functioning every day. Can we understand these processes through the concept of the commons? That is the question we try to answer!
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For the first time in CEDLA’s history, seven of its researchers conducted fieldwork together. This exposition reflects this collective endeavour to explore recent social transformations in the Guatemalan city of Xela (also known as Quetzaltenango) and its immediate (peri-urban) vicinity. Using the notions of ‘commons’ and ‘commoning’ as point of departure, the project seeks to understand processes of commoning that shape patterns of access, resource use and reproduction. READ THE BLOGS
For CEDLA, 2017 was a year of three major transitions. Firstly, as a result of the on-going integration into the Facultyof Humanities of the University of Amsterdam, most of its services have now been adapted to the Faculty’s organization. Secondly, with the successful conclusion of the research programme “Natural and Cultural Resource Use in Contemporary
Latin America” (2009-2016), a new and exciting research programme under the title
“Reshaping Society and the Commons in Latin America” has been initiated, in which
processes of commoning and recommoning are being studied as examples of new forms
of citizen participation in Latin American societies. Further reading
In this online piece for APLA, CEDLA postdoc Julienne Weegels explores the ways in which the repression of the current protests in Nicaragua has brought many of the well-hidden inner workings of its power system into public view.
We have the pleasure of inviting you to the valedictory lecture of Michiel Baud, former director of CEDLA Confianza : Governance and trust in Latin America and the Netherlands. The ceremony takes place on 23 November, 16.00 hrs, in the Aula of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Oude Lutherse Kerk, Singel 411. Your presence will be highly appreciated.