2 April - Vsing Extractivism: Environmental Colonialism and the Right to Look Otherwise in the Americas

Latin America has some of the world’s dirtiest and most dangerous extractive industries, such as mining, logging, and mega-dams. These extractive industries often impact the most on rural and indigenous communities, with severe negative consequences on local livelihoods and community cohesion. There is also a gendered dimension to the impacts of extractivism, with women more affected than men, as they are so often responsible for care-giving in families and communities. Many of these extractive projects are driven by multinational corporations based in the Global North, with much of the material extracted also destined for consumption by Global North populations. Join us for a short course exploring these issues, organised by the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at UCC and the Latin America Solidarity Centre

This talk will analyse the impact of extractivism and extractive colonialism as an enduring, centuries-old phenomenon in the Americas. By exploring the multiple ways in which visual practices respond and challenge extractive practices in the Caribbean and the Southern Cone, the lecture will examine the potentiality and limitations of cultural creativity in engaging the pervasiveness of an extractive logic and its impact in the perpetuation of genealogies of violence and exclusion.

Carlos Garrido Castellano

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Department

2nd April, 18,30; 9th April, 18,30
O'Rahilly Building, G27 Room


College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

Coláiste na nEalaíon, an Léinn Cheiltigh agus na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta

College Office, Room G31 ,Ground Floor, Block B, O'Rahilly Building, UCC