Call for papers « Embodiement through resistance. The extractive industry and its consequences on water in latin america »

Call for papers « Embodiement through resistance. The extractive industry and its consequences on water in latin america »

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CfP – AAG Washington DC April 3-7 2009




Organizers: Martina Angela Caretta (West Virginia University) and Sofia Zaragocin (Universidad San Francisco de Quito)


We invite contributions focusing on everyday resistance to the extractive industry.  Across the globe, extractive industries – through mining, logging and hydraulic fracking for instance – are responsible for the disruption of rural communities’ lives and livelihood. In this panel we want to focus on how the consequences of natural resource extraction in Latin America are reified through water and are embodied by local communities through everyday resistance. For example, mining has particular consequences on the livelihoods and lives of campesinos and indigenous women in the Andes, given their contentious role as cultural guardians and reproductive figures (Ulloa, 2016). Forced dispossession of territory, place-based contamination and an increase in gender-based violence, represent just a few of the obstacles communities face with medium and large-scale natural resource extractions (Bermudez et al 2011). Territorial conflicts surrounding conventional and unconventional natural resource extraction are not just land-based, but revolve around also waterscapes (Oslender, 2002), as source of life for people and land.  This session draws attention to everyday resistance to extractive industries, and in particular, it’s consequence on water in Latin America. Specifically, this session seeks to explore the everyday embodiments of resistance, in light of confrontations between government, extractive industries and local organizations.


We invite local, transnational, comparative, intersectional case studies on everyday resistance to the extractive industries papers focusing on:

–          Collectives/activist groups organizing against extractive industries;

–          Criminalization of activists and everyday resistance in the context of state-supported extractivism;

–          Gender analysis of consequences of the extractive industries;

–          The gendering of land- and water-based disputes;

–          Gendered everyday embodiments against conventional and unconventional natural resource extraction and for the protection of water;

–          The disruption of the hydrosocial cycle due to conventional and unconventional natural resource extraction.


If you are interested in participating in this panel, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, your name, affiliation, and e-mail address, to and  by October 11th. We will notify you on October 21st of whether your contribution has been accepted. At that point we will ask you to submit through the AAG website and provide us with your abstract number.




Bermúdez, R., Emilia , R , Rodríguez Maldonado, R ., Roa Avendaño, T (2011) Mujer y Minería. Ámbitos de análisis e impactos de la minería en la vida de las mujeres. Enfoque de derechos y perspectiva de género. Bogotá: Censat-Agua Viva.


Jenkins, K. (2017). Women anti-mining activists’ narratives of everyday resistance in the Andes: staying put and carrying on in Peru and Ecuador. Gender, Place & Culture, 0(0), 1–19.


Oslender U (2002) “The Logic of the River”: A spatial approach to ethnic-territorial mobilization in the Colombian Pacific Region. The Journal of Latin American and Carribean Anthropology,7(2): 86-117


Ulloa, A (2016) Feminismos territoriales en América Latina: defensas de la vida frente a los extractivismos. Nomadas 45:123-139

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