Charlas con café: "The Chaco Region of South America: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Changing Social and Environmental Landscape" (virtual)
Center for Latin American Studies, Fall 2021 virtual Charlas con café – a weekly space to hear lectures from a wide variety of experts and discuss topics relevant to the Latin American region, Fridays from 1-2 p.m. (unless otherwise specified)
Friday, October 1st, from 1-2:30 pm: "The Chaco Region of South America: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Changing Social and Environmental Landscape"
Silvia Hirsch is professor at Escuela Interdisciplinaria de Altos Estudios Sociales, Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Argentina. Hirsch is the author of El Pueblo Tapiete de Argentina: historia y cultura.
Paola Canova, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of Frontier Intimacies: Ayoreo Women and the Sexual Economy of the Paraguayan Chaco.
Mercedes Biocca is researcher at Escuela Interdisciplinaria de Altos Estudios Sociales, Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Argentina.
The Chaco region of South America, is a vast eco-region which stretches across four countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay and is inhabited by indigenous groups, criollo settlers, and colonists of diverse nationalities. This ecoregion has experienced fast-paced environmental, social and economic changes as a result of an intensification of extractive industries. In a few decades, the area has become a complex arena of political, cultural and economic contestation between different actors that include the state, environmental and developmental NGOs, religious groups, and private businesses whose projects and agendas collide with the ways of life of local residents. In this talk we present our recently published edited volume on the region, and discuss our research in the area, which shows the transformations of the region and the complex interethnic relations.