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“Attending to the Pulses of the Territory: Local officers, National Parks and Indigenous Territories in Colombia”

November 5, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

About the presentation: In Colombia, the management of National Parks that are superimposed on Indigenous territories has to be agreed between governmental and Indigenous authorities. My friend Julia and I did our research in two very different such shared National Parks: she was in the Northern Caribbean deserts of the Wayuu people, and I was in the seasonally flooded Amazonian forests of the Tikuna people. What we witnessed was not the imposition by the central state of standard concepts and practices for territorial control on local understandings of nature. Thinking with Marisol de la Cadena, we tell the stories of how, in these co-managed parks, hand in hand with local officers, otherwise impossible hybrids of human and non-human, physical and metaphysical entities irrupt in conventional conservation politics.

About the speaker: Paula Ungar works at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute in Colombia, the national center for research on biodiversity, where she leads research on environmental conflicts. She has worked in the interface between academia and policy- making around conservation for more than fifteen years, with NGOs, National Parks and the Institute. She has published analyses of conservation initiatives, aimed at informing environmental policy (for instance, Recomendaciones para la delimitación de páramos, Intituto Humboldt 2016) and edited methodological guidelines for environmental practitioners (Hojas de Ruta: Guias para el Estudio Socioecológico de la Alta Montaña en Colombia, Instituto Humboldt 2015), as well as critical reflections on her work from different perspectives (for instance, The Mountains we Touched: the Role of Care in Delimiting Ecosystems, Weber – The Contemporary West, spring 2018 or Inclusive Protected Area Management in the Amazon: The Importance of Social Networks over Ecological Knowledge, Sustainability 2012).


November 5, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Room 206 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, 53706 United States
(608) 262-2811