Northwestern University

Fri 12:00 PM

(Im)possibilities of Environmentalism in Neoextractivist Peru

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When: Friday, October 7, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: 1902 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Jeff Cernucan   847.467.2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


In Peruvian mining politics, exposure to the heavy metal lead has become emblematic for the human cost of an extractive-based economy. Yet as environmentalists mobilize toxic injury to contest the ethics of Peru's rapidly expanded mining sector, their politics often clash not only with industry interests, but also with local modes of existence enabled by extractivism and mineral exposure itself.

Such social realities, in which exposure to minerals exists as the very means to make life possible, form the paradoxes and limits of environmentalism in Peru and ongoing ethicopolitical struggles over human life under neoextractivist governance.

Stefanie Graeter is a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University in the Science in Human Culture Program and the Department of Anthropology. She is developing her ethnographic research into article publications and a book manuscript on the politics of human life in zones of mineral production and exposure in Peru. She received her PhD in 2015 in sociocultural anthropology at UC Davis. 

This is part of the Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium. Find it on Facebook.

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