• 22/02/19 Climate Change yet Business as Usual: Parable of Sustainable Rural Cities in Chiapas, Mexico

  • Aylin Topal, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

    This lecture situates rural reconstruction projects, which have been implemented since the late 2000s in Chiapas, in the context of climate change and new rural development perspectives on sustainability. Aylin Topal aims to make the case that the concept of sustainability has in practice increasingly been accommodating the logic of capitalist accumulation and exploitation. In particular, rural reconstruction projects in Chiapas have been dressed as sustainable rural cities with an alleged aim to contain rural poverty, yet these projects aim at integrating local economy into the world market. The lecture will illustrate that the Sustainable Rural Cities (SRC) projects aim to make rural poverty sustainable in converting peasants into rural industrial proletariat, dispossessing them of their land to be used for more productive (i.e. profitable) aims. In the face of climate change, the concept of sustainability has been redefined as business as usual.

    TIME: 15:30-17h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam

  • 8/03/19 Dialogues with Civil Society #7: Angel in the Sugarcane

  • On Friday, March 8th, 2019, Nalacs and CEDLA: Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation are organising the 7th edition of the ‘Dialogues with Civil Society’ series.

    This time we will screen the documentary 'Angel in the Sugarcane', with a response by Ralph Sprenkels and a Q&A with the film's director Godelieve Eijsink. The session will be moderated by Emiel Martens.

    ANGEL IN THE SUGARCANE (2018, 46', El Salvador)
    'Angel in the Sugarcane' is a documentary about tackling the challenge of making one of the biggest agricultural production chains in the world more sustainable. But above all, the film demonstrates how difficult the road to change is and how hard it is to break old habits, even if it is for your own good.

    In the past few decades, thousands of sugarcane workers in Central America have suffered a painful death from a mysterious kidney disease. Why have they died so young? This is the question which drives doctor Jarquín, himself son of a sugarcane worker with kidney failure, to start his investigation in El Salvador. Does it have to do with the extremely hard circumstances in which they have to work?

    In order to do thorough research, he needs the cooperation of the sugarcane industry, which is both powerful and not very open to change in El Salvador. Fortunately, there is one manufacturer who wants to talk to him: the director of the sugarcane factory El Angel. This thus enables Jarquín and his colleagues to set up a project to improve the working conditions of sugarcane farmers. However, not only the manufacturers, but also their foremen have been working according to the same fixed patterns for years. How does one change that?

    15:30 hrs – Opening by Emiel Martens
    15:35 hrs – Screening of 'Angel in the Sugarcane'
    16:20 hrs – Response by Ralph Sprenkels
    16:30 hrs – Q&A with
    17.00 hrs – Bites and drinks
    18:00 hrs – End

    The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles. The discussion afterwards will be in English.

    This event is free and open for all to join!

    TIME: 15:30-18h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam

  • 14/03/19 The Legal Construction of the Foreigner: Two Centuries of European Immigration in South America

  • Diego Acosta, Bristol University

    Between 1870 and 1930 South America was the second largest recipient of migrants in the world only after the USA. Millions of Europeans emigrated notably to Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. How have countries with 200 years of history regulated the legal figure of the national and the foreigner through their constitutional, nationality and migration law? What lessons can other regions in the world learn from such experience over two centuries?

    Lecture organized by CEDLA, ACES migration network and Law & Justice across borders - University of Amsterdam.

    TIME: 15:30-17h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam

  • 22/03/19 Bolsonaro’s Brazil: Society and Politics in the Neo-Conservative Turn

  • Panel Discussion

    In this public seminar five invited experts will tackle thought-provoking issues that crucial to understand Bolsonaro’s rise to power. They will also assess the directions of his government’s policies and their manifest or potential impact on Brazil and beyond. After the presentations, this panel will engage in a moderated debate with the audience. Confirmed speakers: Prof. Edmund Amann (Political economy and Brazil’s global position), Dr. Fabio de Castro (Extractivism, socioenvironmental conflicts, and territorial struggles), Dr. Patricia Schor (Race, gender and diversity struggles), Dr. Andrea Damacena Martins (Religion, morality and the social basis of conservatism) and Prof. Kees Koonings (Public security, corruption, and political sustainability). Moderator: Prof. Michiel Baud.

    Free registration: secretariat@cedla.nl

    TIME: 15:00-17:00 hrs
    VENUE: Muziekzaal

    Picture information:
    Mulheres Contra Bolsonaro
    29/09/18 • Belo Horizonte (MG)
    Foto: Mídia NINJA / Cobertura Mulheres Contra Bolsonaro

  • 26/04/19 The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of State Ownership in Latin America's Mining and Oil:
    Codelco and Petrobras

  • Jewellord T. Nem Singh, Universiteit Leiden

    TIME: 15:30-17h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam

  • 17/05/19 Wall as Weapon: Infrastructure, Injury and Rescue on the US-Mexico Border

  • Ieva Jusionyte, Harvard University

    Criminalization of immigration since the 1990s, aggravated by concerns with terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11, led the United States government to designate the border with Mexico as a source of threats and waging there what has been called “a low-intensity warfare.” The wall is a key component of what the Border Patrol calls “tactical infrastructure,” a weapon against those who try to cross into the United States without authorization. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with emergency responders on both sides of the border, where they rescue injured migrants as well as fight fires that know no political jurisdictions, this talk examines the negative effects of deploying both the built environment and the natural topography in the name of national security.

    TIME: 15:30-17h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam

  • WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS: Studying water as a transdisciplinary challenge, from environmental governance to knowledge and territorial politics

    May 29, 2019 – Delft Institute for Water Education (IHE)

    Objective – This workshop is intended to bring a space of dialogue for young researchers (PhD students, Postdoc…) working on issues related to water resources governance, commons, knowledge politics, territoriality, and justice. Indeed, water is often connecting various environmental challenges for example in the case of mining protests, social movements, urban-rural connections, or climate justice. Therefore, thinking about water as a transversal and connecting challenge in grassroots mobilizations, environmental movements and multi-actor partnerships can bring valuable insights to the academic debate.

    The objective of this workshop is to connect young researchers from different academic institutions in the Netherlands (CEDLA Amsterdam, Delft IHE, University of Wageningen, Groningen, Utrecht, Rotterdam, VU, Radboud, etc.), and other academic institutions in Europe. The workshop is intended to provide a highly participatory and collective format with several parallel thematic master classes.
    Format – There will be four parallel master classes focusing on specific issue, involving five young researchers and one water/commons scholar. This format is intended to give maximum time for discussion, with 5 minutes presentation (one student presents the work of another one) and 40 minutes discussion by the scholar and the other participants. The discussion will be based on a material that can be a thesis chapter, a draft paper, a research proposal, etc. It implies that every participant of the group previously must have read the works of the others. One of the student participants will share the main reflections of each group at the end of the day during a plenary session, which will continue with some drinks and food. The workshop will continue with a lecture where a water/commons keynote speaker will present, followed by debate, and drinks.

    1. Water materialities, technicization, knowledge and expertise
    Coordinator: Prof. Margreet Zwarteveen (Delft IHE)

    2. Grassroots mobilizations, multi-scale strategies and water commoning
    Coordinator: Dr. Fabio de Castro (CEDLA)

    3. Territorial struggles, water justice and discourses
    Coordinator: Prof. Rutgerd Boelens (Wageningen University/CEDLA)

    4. Polycentric governance, socio-ecological systems and water-grabbing
    Coordinator: Dr. Jampel Dell’Angelo (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

    Registration – If you are interested to participate to the workshop, please send an abstract (200 words max.) before January 18, 2019, to dupuits.emilie@gmail.com. Notification on the acceptance will be sent in February. For the accepted participants, their written contribution (chapter/article) will be asked by May 16, 2019.

    Preliminary Program
    May 29th, 2019 (Delft IHE)

    8:30 Participants arrival and registration
    9:00 – 9:15 Plenary – Welcome and introduction
    9:15 – 10:30 Academic-activist dialogue: to be defined
    10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
    10:45 – 11:30 First presentation in group sessions
    11:30 – 12:15 Second presentation in group sessions
    12:15 – 13:00 Third presentation in group sessions
    13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 – 14:45 Forth presentation in group sessions
    14:45 – 15:30 Fifth presentation in group sessions
    15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break
    15:45 – 16:30 Plenary – Conclusions
    16:30 – 18:00 Open Lecture – Guest speaker
    18:00 Drinks

  • 14/06/19 Minerals, Power, Imagination: Latin America and the World

  • Barbara Hogenboom, CEDLA-UvA
    Venue: Inaugural Lecture, UvA Aula (Singel 411)