This is the third annual Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) specialty group James M. Blaut plenary lecture. This plenary is given by the previous year's recipient of the CAPE James M. Blaut Award, which is in recognition of innovative scholarship in cultural and political ecology, as demonstrated by publication of an article or book title. Jeremy M. Campbell was awarded the honor for his book "Conjuring Property Speculation and Environmental Futures in the Brazilian Amazon" (2015, University of Washinton Press).
This plenary will present research from Dr. Campbell that has built upon this publication. Entitled "Becoming Neighbors in Amazonia: Land and Reciprocity in a Time of War," this presentation develops an approach to understanding neighborliness, which Dr. Campbell understand as a set of specific—and not necessarily stable—social relations that express and solidify identification between indigenous and non-indigenous communities in Amazonia. While not a corrective to careful analyses of native categories of personhood, embodiment, and ontology, a theory of neighborliness is a useful supplement: it can name, track, and historicize how native and non-native forest peoples forge social relations from mutually felicitous territorial relations. The territorial nature of neighborliness is key, and emphasized here. The Tapajós Valley of Brazil is presented as a case study, where reciprocal forms of labor and mutual recognition between native and peasant communities have transformed historically hostile relations into a common platform for demarcating traditional territory and resisting the planned construction of dozens of hydro-electric plants in the region. The existence of a common enemy—the developmentalist state—may be sufficient inspiration for forging a temporary alliance, but my preoccupation here is on the deeper and long-standing forms of living-alongside that predicate interethnic neighborliness in Amazonia, and from which new tools for both analysis and political work might be derived.
|Presenter||Jeremy Campbell*, Roger Williams University, Becoming Neighbors in Amazonia: Land and Reciprocity in a Time of War||20||5:20 PM|
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