UPCOMING EVENTS & LECTURES

  • 30/11/18 - 15/02/19 CEDLA EXPOSITION & OPENING

  • Na Bolom, Mexico: No hay que Olvidar, el Pasado es un Regalo

    In the Mexican state of Chiapas the Maya culture is still very present. There, more than five different groups of Maya continue to live their own culture. These cultures, of course, are changing too. This makes it important for them to safeguard and document their cultures, something that is of interest beyond the indigenous groups too.

    The No Hay Que Olvidar exposition shows hand-printed photographs of the Maya in Chiapas between the 1950’s and 1970’s. They are part of the photographic archive of Asociación Cultural Na Bolom in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. At Na Bolom, photographic material is kept of the Maya culture until the early 2000’s, but the Na Bolom archives also contain audiovisual material, recordings, archeological pieces and their documentation, diaries and documentation of expeditions, old hand-drawn maps, and a library. This makes it one of the most important archives of Maya culture in the south-east of Mexico. Na Bolom was originally founded in 1950 as a centre for scientific research by Frans Blom and Gertrude Duby (an archeologist from Denmark and a photographer-journalist from Switzerland), it is currently maintained in this vein by a group of Maya and Mexican collaborators.

    Two of these collaborators will be present in the Netherlands for the opening of the exposition. They are Gregorio Vázquez López, a historian and the coordinator of the archives in Na Bolom, and Ramón Folch González, an archeologist who has used the archives for his research. These two experts will give an opening presentation (in Spanish) and guided tour of the exposition on 30 November. During the presentation, they will discuss the importance of the archives for the Maya culture. They will discuss not only the archeological sites, but also how researchers go back to the researched communities to document culture as it unfolds. With Na Bolom being one of the most important sites of historical research in Chiapas and the south-east of Mexico, for scientists but also for the Maya people themselves, we hope you will much enjoy learning about this centre and its extraordinary collection!

  • 13/12/18 Dialogues with Civil Society #6: The Honduran Migrant Caravan

  • We are very pleased to inform you of an upcoming NALACS Dialogues with Civil Society with Honduran activist Lety Elvir (human rights activist and co-founder of PEN International Honduras) about the migrant caravan that left Honduras for the United States.

    Please note that this event will be in Spanish!

    "EN HONDURAS HAY UNA GUERRA, SILENCIADA PERO NO SILENCIOSA."

    Más de 60 mil asesinatos han transcurrido desde el golpe de estado militar (2009) que contó con el aval de gobiernos extranjeros encabezados por el de los Estados Unidos.
    El éxodo de mujeres, hombres y niños hondureños hacia los EEUU no es nada nuevo, pero hay algo en este viaje migratorio que la hace especial. La noche del 12 de octubre de 2018, en la ciudad de San Pedro Sula, la ciudad más violenta del planeta, se reunió un grupo de personas autoconvocadas de diferentes puntos geográficos de Honduras; sin conocerse previamente, unos a otros se reconocieron como compañeros de una misma historia de despojo, y al día siguiente emprendieron una caminata de miles de kilómetros hacia el norte para solicitar refugio en los Estados Unidos. Caminaron juntos para reducir los riesgos del trayecto, juntos y sin dinero para pagar “coyotes” u otros servicios de transporte.

    Ninguno de ellos pensó que se convertirían en los caminantes más acompañados, tampoco imaginaron que con su sacrificio abrirían los ojos del mundo y se filtrarían por los mass media en pleno Halloween, Thanksgiving o procesos electorales, como seres inexplicables, como fantasías xenófobas, como “invasiones bárbaras” a repeler con ejércitos imperiales, o simplemente como “la caravana de migrantes”. ¿Quiénes son esos miles de seres humanos que huyen? ¿Qué les hace arriesgar sus vidas y la de sus niños que llevan a cuestas o aún en sus vientres?¿Por qué se criminaliza y se niega el derecho de asilo a los hondureños? ¿Qué pasa en Honduras y Centroamérica que expulsa a sus habitantes?

    Después de la exposición de Lety habrá tiempo para discusión y preguntas. La discusión sera iniciada por la estudiante de maestría Antonia McGrath, quien vivió en Honduras y grabó alla el documental "The American Fraud".

    Nos vemos el miércoles!

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    Lety Elvir Lazo (Honduras) es doctoranda en Letras y Artes de América Central y profesora de la UNAH (1996- 2017). Fue Fullbright Scholar in Residence, Delaware State University, 2006-2007. Es cofundadora y también fue vicepresidenta del PEN International-Honduras 2013-2015.
    Libros publicados: Luna que no cesa (1998); Mujer entre perro y lobo (2001); Sublimes y perversos (cuentos), 2004; Golpe y pluma. Antología de poesía resistente escrita por mujeres, 2013; Coeditora de Women´s Poems of Protest and Resistance in Honduras (2009-2014), 2015.

    TIME: 16-17h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam

  • CANCELLED

    14/12/18 CEDLA LECTURE

  • 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.

  • 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