Embodiement Through Resistance. the Extractive Industry and Its Consequences on Water in Latin America

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Latin America Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Forum Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Martina Angela Caretta, Sofia Zaragocin
Chairs: Sofia Zaragocin

Call for Submissions

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.


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.


Type Details Minutes
Discussant Sofia Zaragocin FLACSO-Ecuador 20
Panelist MARLENE BRITO-MILLAN University of San Diego 20
Panelist Valeria Guarneros-Meza De Montfort University 20
Panelist Manuel Mendez Université de Rennes 2 20
Panelist Gisela Rodriguez Fernandez Portland State University 20

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