Instituttseminaret SAI: Marisol de la Cadena "Politics from the Uncommons"

Velkommen til foredrag og diskusjon over temaet "Politics from the Uncommons". Seminaret innledes av antropolog Maria de la Cadena, professor ved Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davies.

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The talk discusses the ‘uncommons.’’ Through this concept, I engage the complexity nested between modern and a-modern political relations that traverse the Andes.  The ‘uncommons’ is a response that wants to join, rather than detract from, the possibility of life as and in a ‘commons,’ yet it is also mindful of what exceeds modern politics in any of its ideological manifestations. 

The account from which concepts emerge is thoroughly ethnographic—as, therefore, are the concepts: they are the result of long years of conversations with Mariano and Nazario Turpo, both monolingual Quechua speakers, and ritual specialists and politicians who lived in the highlands of Cuzco. Similarly, the background of the paper is thoroughly contemporary: the proposal to oppose the extraction of minerals in the Andes also emerges from the urge to prevent the destruction of earth-beings, or what we call mountains. The ‘environment’—as a sphere of political controversy-- is therefore also a sphere where entities diverge as they are both earth-beings and Mountains.


With Arturo Escobar and Eduardo Restrepo, Marisol de la Cadena has contributed to the development of the World Anthropology Network, from which they have launched a number of initiatives in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. 

The work of Marisol de la Cadena is located at the crossroads of STS and political ontology. Areas: Latin America: Andes and Central America.

Her first book, Indigenous Mestizos. The Politics of Race and Culture in Cuzco, Peru, 1910-1991, was an historical and ethnographic analysis of race relations in the Andes. On her latest book Earth Beings (Duke, 2015) Arturo Escobar says "(...) one of those books that emerge into the scholarly domain once in a decade that crystallizes that decade's debates and rearticulates them in ways that open paths into new worlds."

Publisert 12. aug. 2015 16:12 - Sist endret 7. juni 2016 13:39