Environmental Justice and Alternatives to Development in Latin America: Knowledge, Narratives and Cultural Production

An interdisciplinary workshop

Friday 6 March, 2020

CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies/Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Leicester

This one-day workshop will explore current environmental conflicts, environmental justice movements, and alternatives to development in Latin America from the perspectives of narrative, knowledge production, and creative practice.

To that end, researchers from across the sciences and the arts and humanities will come together to exchange perspectives and collectively think about the role that cultural production has in the representation of conflicts, but also in the production of knowledge and of socialities in a context of environmental degradation and urgent need for systemic change. 

The workshop will consist of presentations by guest speakers, workshop sessions with short paper presentations followed by discussion, and a masterclass on research, activism and knowledge production in environmental conflicts led by Dr Gabriela Merlinsky, Researcher at CONICET (Argentina), and Head of the Environmental Studies Group at Gino Germani Research Institute, University of Buenos Aires.

Other confirmed speakers:

  • Dr Sara Mingorría (Scholar-activist at ICTA-UAB and FRACTAL Collective): “Transcultural expressions in environmental justice movements”
  • Dr David Dumoulin (Associate Professor and Adjunct Director at CREDA, IHEAL, Paris III): “The aesthetics of tropical biology stations: A particular idea of Nature”
  • Dr Paula Serafini (CAMEo Research Institute, University of Leicester): “Extractivism and cultural production”

Call for papers

We invite proposals for short presentations of research projects, ideas, or provocations addressing the following themes:

  • Narratives of environment and development in Latin America
  • The representation of nature and environmental conflicts in the media and in creative practice
  • The role of creative practice in generating alternatives to development
  • Indigenous ontologies and cultural practices
  • Arts activism in environmental conflicts
  • Degrowth, anti-extractivism and cultural production

Instructions for submissions:

We welcome abstract submissions for short presentations (10 minutes long); substantial discussion time will be allocated to each session with the objective of fostering exchange and collective knowledge production. We welcome paper presentations as well as other formats, such as film, visual essays, or performances. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss an alternative presentation format or length.

Please submit a 250 word abstract plus a 1-paragraph bio to paula.serafini@leicester.ac.uk by Friday December 6th, 2019.

The event is free to attend, but spaces are very limited. We particularly encourage submissions from researchers in the East Midlands, with the aim of contributing to consolidate the field of Latin American Studies in the region.

This event is hosted by CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, University of Leicester, and kindly supported by the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, and the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Leicester.