In the present, Colombia is facing an important conjuncture, largely shaped by the peace negotiation, taking place between the government and the FARC-EP (and most recently the ELN). The current moment is a dispute over the meaning of the past, present and future of Colombia, with hemispheric implications, that includes a discussion about the type of society that each actor imagines. Consequently, the actual moment is defined by a series of political, cultural and ontological struggles locally and regionally. While political, economical, and cultural elites seem resistant to pursuing significant changes beyond the demobilization of the guerrillas and small reforms to the system; civil society, social movements (indigenous, afro-descendants, and peasants in particular), intellectuals, and some politicians are yearning for a historical moment that challenges the unequal social arrangements of Colombian society.
Eduardo Gudynas Centro Latinoamericano de Ecología Social, Montevideo This first event discusses prevailing trends on the concept of Buen Vivir (BV), including its origins in radical development critiques in the Andean countries; its re-appropriation by the region’s progressive governments; ethical and political debates around BV and critiques from modernist perspectives; and the limits and possibilities of linking BV with other […]
Eduardo Gudynas Centro Latinoamericano de Ecología Social, Montevideo May 5 & 7, 2015 With responses by Gabriela Valdivia (Geography, UNC) and Dana Powell (Anthropology, Appalachian State University, Boone) Thursday, May 7, 2:00-4:30, GEC 4003 Reception to Follow This second event examines transitions to post-extractivism as a concrete attempt at bringing about alternatives to development focused on BV. It analyzes […]