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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Ecology and the Arts and Justice and the Arts Research Groups present: Dr von der Walde (Universidad Javeriana and Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Colombia) 'La vorágine and extractivism in the Amazon rainforest'

29th January 2015, 17:00, ER149, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

Staff and students are all warmly invited to attend the talk and subsequent discussion. Please feel free to spread the word. 

Dr von der Walde (Universidad Javeriana and Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Colombia) will be introduced by Dr Hernández Adrián. The talk forms part of the research series of the "Ecology and the Arts" and "Justice and the Arts" research groups. 

‘Civilised man is the paladin of destruction’, writes Arturo Cova, the narrator-protagonist of José Eustasio Rivera’s La vorágine (1924, The Vortex) as he records in the middle of the jungle numerous testimonies of the atrocities perpetrated in the enclave economy of rubber exploitation in the Amazon. Based on recent ethnographic work, I reflect on some present-day extractivist projects that are being implemented in the same territories covered in the novel and seek to establish a dialogue between processes of destruction that are now a century apart. A central interest is the situation indigenous communities are confronting as their territory, livelihood, and cultural integrity are under threat.

Contact k.d.oloff@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.