Alex Latta, associate Fellow of the Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean (CERLAC), will talk about the emerging central themes in the recently released collection, Environment and Citizenship in Latin America: Natures, Subjects and Struggles.
The event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 1:30 to 3pm, at 280A York Lanes, Keele campus. Everyone is welcome to attend the event.
Latta, who co-edited the collection with Hannah Wittman, will draw on the contributions to the book, as well as related literature and his own research, to explore the ways nature becomes constituted as a resource, an object of knowledge, a target of governance and a focus for political struggle in Latin America.
He will look at how human political subjectivities are simultaneously implied, activated, contested and reinvented in these constitutive moments, spaces and processes. Beyond a concern for the rights and responsibilities of “environmental citizens”, the talk will reach for a conception of citizenship that is fundamentally relational across dynamic assemblages of human and non-human elements.
Latta is a professor in the Department of Global Studies and the Balsillie School of International affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research considers the politics of water, energy and environmental justice in Latin America, with a recent focus on conflicts over hydroelectric development in Chile.