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Brazil: Agribusiness, the far right, and new challenges for Lula da Silva’s administration // Brasil: Agronegocios, extrema derecha y nuevos desafíos para el gobierno de Lula da Silva

Brazil: Agribusiness, the far right, and new challenges for Lula da Silva’s administration // Brasil: Agronegocios, extrema derecha y nuevos desafíos para el gobierno de Lula da Silva

On October 30, Brazilians elected Lula da Silva for his third term as president. His election occurred amid a vast political crisis generated by the rise of far-right, misinformation, the deterioration of institutions, and the attack against democracy. Although this is a multi-faceted phenomenon, one of the main forces which support the far-right in Brazil is ruralism, represented in the national congress by a ruralist caucus. This caucus has a strong political influence over the country: in recent years, environmental legislation has been altered to promote the extractivist model and the expansion of the agricultural frontier towards the fringes of the Amazon and the Cerrado biomes. In this talk we will explore two relevant issues in the current context: the Brazilian development model based on agrarian extractivism and the role of the ruralist caucus; and the challenges for indigenous movement in implementing the principle of free, prior and informed consent for development projects in their territories

Ailton Santos has extensive experience working with civil society organizations in Brazil. He completed his Ph.D. in Social Sciences at the University of Brasilia, Brazil, in 2014 by analyzing the geopolitical implications of infrastructure projects in the Amazon. He is a member of the board of coordinators at the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB). This organization was created in 1998 to support vulnerable local communities affected by agrarian and environmental transformations that threaten their livelihoods. He has been studying and working with the extractivism model and its impacts on indigenous peoples and other traditional communities. His main issues are land tenure rights of local communities, the implementation of Free Prior and Informed Consent in Brazil and the impacts of infrastructure and development projects in the Amazon.

Karla Oliveira is currently a PhD. student in Anthropology at the University of Calgary. She got MSc. in Environmental and Rural Development at the University of Brasilia in 2018. She worked for 5 years as an analyst of the “Water for All” program, a public policy with the aim of guaranteeing water security to more 1 million families in extreme poverty in Brazil. She also worked as coordinator at the Brazilian Environmental Ministry during Lula da Silva’s administration. Her research topics include water grabbing and water appropriation, the advance of agricultural frontier and the role of land grabbing, agrarian extractivism, and the implications for traditional communities in Brazil.

 

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Nov. 22, 2022

Title: Brazil: Agribusiness, the far right, and new challenges for Lula da Silva’s administration

Speakers:

Dr. Ailton Santos

Karla Oliveira, PhD Student

In this talk we will explore two relevant issues in the context of Lula da Silva election: the Brazilian development model based on agrarian extractivism and the role of the ruralist caucus; and the challenges for indigenous movement in implementing the principle of free, prior and informed consent for development projects in their territories


Oct. 25, 2022

Title: After the Plebiscite in Chile

Speaker: Dr. Pablo Policzer

On September 4, Chileans decisively rejected a proposed new constitution, itself the culmination of a constituent process triggered by the 2019 popular uprising. The proposed constitution was widely hailed in progressive circles as a forward-looking text through which Chile would set a global standard for the great issues of the 21st century: from sustainable development in the context of climate change to social justice and inclusion. Why was this proposal rejected? This talk will explore two possible factors -- the role of “fake news” and of political parties – and discuss the prospects of a major new constituent process in the aftermath of the failed first one.


April 22, 2022

Date & Time: April 22, 2022 @ 4PM MST

Speakers: 

Vanessa Padilla

Mariana Sapienza

Santiago Silva

Title: Una Mirada a la Resistencia Latinoamericana desde la Pintura, el Teatro y el Rock DUro

Moderator: Danilo Borja

*This talk will be in Spanish


Feb. 4, 2022

Speakers: Eva Caurapán and Héctor Turra

The Chilean people voted by a vast majority in a constitutional referendum on October 25, 2020, to initiate a process to rewrite their constitution. Among issues likely to be at the forefront of this democratic participation process is recognizing Chile's Mapuche indigenous population as active political actors in the country.

In this presentation, Hector Turra, a graduate student at the Werklund School of Education and current member of the No-Neutrals independent movement, Eva Caurapán, will discuss the constitutional process development in Chile. In this conversation, Mr. Turra and Ms. Caurapán will describe the grassroots initiatives led by the constituency members, including the Mapuche perspective on transdisciplinary learning and co-production of participatory political knowledge in Chile.


Dec. 16, 2021

Speakers: Pablo Policzer

Title: Chilean Democracy From Consolidation to Fragmentation

Long held up as an example of a consolidated and well-functioning democracy, today Chile is being pulled in different directions. The social protests of 2019 triggered a constituent process toward a fairer and more participatory democracy. Yet the results of the recent first round elections threaten polarization and fragmentation. Freshly returned from Chile, where he was able to vote in the first round elections, Pablo Policzer discusses these trends in anticipation of the runoff elections of December 19.


Sept., 2020

Date and Time: September 11th @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST

Moderator: Conveners

During our first virtual meeting, we presented an overview of our plan for the monthly forums, and invited all members to join our mailing list. 


Oct., 2020

Date and Time: October 9th @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST

Speaker: Gonzalo Colque, Fundación TIERRA, Bolivia

Title: Bolivia después de Evo Morales

Moderator: Ben McKay


Oct. 22, 2021

Date & Time: Oct 22th @ 10:00 AM - 10:45 PM MST

Speakers: Ben M. Mckay, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, And Arturo Ezquerro-Cañete

 

Title: Book Launch "Agrarian Extractivism in Latin America"

Moderator: Ben M. Mckay

 


Nov., 2020

Date and Time: November 13th @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST

Speakers: Alexander Rincón Ruiz Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Jorge Rubiano Fundación Semillas de Agua, Colombia

Title: Colombia: Entre la Utopía y la Esperanza - Caminos hacia la Inclusión desde lo Ambiental

Moderator: Gabriela Alonso-Yáñez


Dec., 2020

Date and Time: December 11th @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST

Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Fox, American University

Co-Speaker: Walter Flores, CEGSS in Guatemala

Title: Navigating action-research partnerships for accountability: Lessons from practice for theory

Moderator: Pablo Policzer


Jan., 2021

Date & Time: January 8th @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST

Speakers: Maria Cristina Parra Sandoval, Etienne Gerardeti, Rocío Grediaga Kuri

Title: Los caminos de la movilidad social. Destinos y recorridos de estudio y trabajo de los mexicanos en el extranjero

Moderator: Danilo Borja


March, 2021

Date & Time March 12th @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST

Speakers: José Aylwin, Observatorio Ciudadano

Juan Carlos Cayo, Consejo de Pueblos Atacameños & Universidad de Sevilla

Title: Indigenous Participation in Chile’s Constituent Process

Moderator: Pablo Policzer

*This talk will be in Spanish

Co-sponsored by CIH Energy in Society Interdisciplinary Working Group


April, 2021

Date & Time: April 9th @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST

Speakers: 

Laura Montes de Oca - Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) / Institute of Social Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Diana Delgadillo - The Hunger Project (THP)-Mexico

Title: Gobernanza en contextos locales adversos / Governance in adverse local contexts

Moderator: Gabriela Alonso Yanez

*This talk will be in Spanish

 


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