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Mesoamerican Biodiversity CLACS at NYU

Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women's Leadership in Defense of Territory

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 9:30 a.m.

Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, 4th floor of 20 Cooper Square, New York University, New York, NY 10003 (map)

9:30am: Introductory Remarks

10:00am -12:00pm: When Environmentalism Kills
Breaking the Silence: State Violence against Triquis Women of Oaxaca, Natalia De Marinis, CIESAS (Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Anthropology), Mexico
Feminist 'Sorority' Against Feminicide: Natural Resources, Militarization, and the 'Project Mesoamerica' (Plan Puebla-Panamá), Norma Iris Cacho Niño, Organizer with the Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres en México (World March of Mexican Women, Mexico Branch)
Geopolitics of Emancipations, Ana Esther Ceceña, Director of the Institute for Economic Research (IIEC) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
A Continent Under Threat: The Eagle Spreads it Wings, Rodrigo Yedra Rodríguez, Researcher, Geopolitical Observatory for Latin America at the IIEC, UNAM
Chair and Commentator: Marisa Belausteguigoitia, Director Programa de Estudios de Genero (PUEG) UNAM

12:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm - 4:00pm: Appropriate Knowledges and Gender Conservation
Appropriating Territory: Women's Spaces in the Conservation and Management of the Environment, Martha Eugenia Villavicencio Enríquez, Consultant with Women's Indigenous Organizations, Chiapas, Mexico
Gendered Knowledges and the Conservation of Biocultural Diversity: Resisting World Bank Supernational Projects, Alberto Betancourt Posada, Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, UNAM
Tseltal Women in Chiapas: Food Autonomy and the Transformation of Gender Politics, Magali Barreto Avila, Researcher, Institute of Anthropological Investigation, UNAM
Race, Indigeneity, and Gender in a New Post-Colonial Conservation Territory: Some Notes from the Maasai Steppe Heartland, James Igoe, Anthropology Department, Dartmouth University
Chair and Commentator: Iván González Márquez, Anthropology Department, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa

4:00pm - 6:00pm: Indigenous Territorial Rights Revisited
Territory: Indigenous and Western Juridical Concepts Before the Resolutions of the OAS's Inter-American Court of Human Rights, x'Rosalbaek Sakubelnichim, Doctoral Student, Law School, University of Salamanca, Spain
Defending Indigenous Territorial Rights and the Struggle for Resources in the Lacandon Jungle, Miguel Angel A. García Aguirre, Co-Founder of NGO Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste, A.C., Chiapas, Mexico
Defending Common Lands, June Nash, Anthropology Department, City University of New York (CUNY), Graduate Center
Reworking Patriarchy: Gender, race and land registration in the Honduran Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Sharlene Mollett, Geography Departmet, Darmouth University
Chair and Commentor: TBA

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Initiative at NYU, the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University, the NYU Dean for the Humanities, the NYU Native Studies Forum, the NYU Department of Anthropology, Metropolitan Studies at NYU, the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, and the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU.

Photograph of Mujeres Mazahuas – México, courtesy of Agua, Ríos y Pueblos