Environment, Health and Humanities

Image by Abel Rodríguez Munaime. The Tree of Life.

Environment, Health + Humanities (EnH+Hu) in Latin America is as a cross-disciplinary approach that brings together history, philosophy, cultural studies, art and literature, social theory, environmental science, global health, energy, and technology studies (STS) to offer new forms of critical representation and narration of the politics of nature and health in the region. By virtue of its hybrid nature, EnH+Hu combines skills, methods, and theories from several humanities disciplines to the analysis of problems and issues of high relevance for society in the context of new science and technology developments.

CLACS EnH+Hu grew out of the Hemispheric Indigeneity in Global Terms project that looked at the resilience of Native and Indigenous communities in the region. Their marginality but also centrality after centuries of negligence, persecution, repression and attempts at integration is remarkable. The project became a scholarly perspective that in comparative/contextual fashion has been looking at Indigenous worldviews, in particular the ones related to self-representation and governability, health and environment, and the ontology of being Native/Indigenous in today’s global age.

EnH+Hu and HI are ongoing collaborative programs between CLACS and many departments, units, scholars, and students at Duke University and beyond.

Featured Events:
Pluriversal Politics, The Real and the Possible Conversation with the author, Arturo Escobar in conversation with Emmanuel Rozental-Klinger. Arturo Escobar one of the most important cultural anthropologists of his generation. His research focuses on political ecology, ontological design, and the anthropology of development, social movements, and technoscience. His books include Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World and the forthcoming Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds. Emmanuel Rozental-Klinger (M.D) is a physician and surgeon, author, and activist in Indigenous and popular movements of the continent. Founder of the Tejido de Comunicación [Communications Team] of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca (ACIN). Founder and member of the Pueblos en Camino initiative, weaving resistance and autonomy between peoples and processes. “As inequality and environmental degradation worsen, the search is not only for alternative development models but also for alternatives to development itself. Post-development challenges the idea that all countries must develop along Western capitalist lines according to these dictates.”
Pluriversal Politics. Arturo Escobar 2020, by mlr34@duke.edu
Featured Faculty Projects:

William Pan (Global Health, Nicholas School) Preventing Malaria in the Amazon Just Got Easier

Feature Events:

NCLAFF Environmental Film Series (2019)

Narrating Nature Humanities Futures

Featured Courses:

ENVIRO 315S / DOCS 315S | Narrating Nature Documentaries for Environmental Studies | Visit Youtube Channel

ENVIRO 982 / DEL Sustainable Development Colombia |

DEL COLOMBIA 2020, by mlr34@duke.edu
Featured Publications:

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, Erin Parish (Author), Deborah Jenson (Foreword). 2019.  Be Patient | Se Paciente: Artistic and Medical Entanglements in the Work of Libia Posada First Edition 

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Folch, Christine. 2019. Hydropolitics: The Itaipu Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America 

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo and Dalia Patino-Echeverri, Editors. 2018. NARRATING THE ENVIRONMENT. Humanities Futures (online publication)

Trash Matters: Residual Culture in Latin America

— Gisela Heffes —

Más Arte Más Acción: Utopia’s 500th

— Jonathan Colin & Fernando Arias —

Name and Draw: An Exploration of Communicating Traditional Knowledge in the Work of Abel Rodríguez

— Abel Rodríguez, Maria Clara van der Hammen, Carlos Alberto Rodríguez —

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From Local Knowledge: Ecological Relationships in the World of Water

— Carlos Alberto Rodriguez, Maria Clara van der Hammen, Luis Angel Trujillo, Confucio Hernandez —

Human Impact on Geospheric Processes in the Critical Zone Exemplified by the Regional Water Exchange Between the Mexico City Metropolitan Area and the Mezquital Valley

— Christina Siebe —

Climate Change, Cultures, Territories, Nonhumans, and Relational Knowledges in Colombia

— Astrid Ulloa, translated by Iván Vargas —