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Transforming Landscapes in Andean Societies

Saturday, March 31, 2012
12:00 AM
School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) Building

A multidisciplinary research symposium hosted by the Michigan Andeanists of Círculo Micaela Bastidas Phuyuqhawa (Andean Circle).

This symposium intends to bring professors and community leaders together to share presentations on a variety of subjects related to issues of environmental change in the Andean republics. The Andes region is a diverse expansion of territory in South America, one characterized by plurinationalities, vast environmental and social diversity, and an extensive history of human-landscape relations. Given the incredible ethnic diversity of the communities of people living in the Andean republics, our speakers have been selected to provide a scope of the immense struggles faced by marginalized indigenous peoples, from Quechua and Aymara speakers in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, to coastal Afro-Colombian populations in their fight for social and environmental justice.

Our distinguished guest speaker is Hilaria Supa, who was the first parliamentarian in Peru’s history to take the oath in Quechua upon her election. She has continued to adamantly represent the interests of Quechua indigenous and women’s organizations with her environmental campaigns in pesticide concerns, land-reform, and traditional medicine preservation.


Bruce Mannheim
(Anthropology/ University of Michigan)
Corinne Valdivia (Agricultural Economics/ University of Missouri)
Keely Maxwell (Anthropology/ Franklin and Marshall College)
Thomas Perreault (Geography/ Syracuse University)
Kiran Asher (International Development/ Clark University)
Allison Davis (Archeology/ Oberlin College)


Marisol de la Cadena
(Anthropology/University of California Davis)
TBD (University of Michigan)

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Two panels with three presenters each, facilitated by one discussant.
Snacks and Refreshments will be provided.