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Organised by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

Opening session of the Latin American Ethnography Seminar

Speaker: Pablo Jaramillo (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia and ILCS School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK)

Speculating with the Terminator
According to Lauren Berlant, 'the present is perceived, first, affectively: the present is what makes itself present to us before it becomes anything else'. But what happens when people are forced to face no other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Terminator, who arrives to buy shares in a mining venture? This presentation explores the affective regime of financial speculation in Marmato, a historic gold mining frontier in the Colombian central Andes. Far from reducing the life in the town as damaged, I argue that the event is the object of countless rumours and stories that signal a far richer and generative engagement with capitalist processes.
Pablo Jaramillo (PhD University of Manchester) is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of the Andes (Bogotá) and Visiting Fellow at CLACS (ILCS, School of Advanced Study, University of London). His work focuses on the anthropology of natural resources and energy futures in Colombia and Latin America. He has conducted extensive ethnographic research on renewable energy projects, controversies surrounding the expansion of coal mines and the livelihoods of small-scale gold miners in Colombia's Caribbean and Andean regions.

All are welcome to attend this free seminar, which will be held online via Zoom at 17:00 GMT (UK time). You will need to register in advance to receive the online joining link. Please click on the Book Now button at the top of the page to register.

Programme 2023/24
Autumn Term

November 16 
December 7
Winter Term 
January 25
February 15
March 7

The Latin American Ethnography Seminar is a forum in which scholars who conduct ethnographic research in Latin America and the Caribbean can present their work and get feedback in a collaborative environment, as well as build connections between researchers and departments. You can learn more about it here.

The seminar is currently hosted by the ILCS Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CRoLAC) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law (CISRUL) at the University of Aberdeen, and the Institute of Literature, Language and Anthropology at the Spanish National Research Council.

It is convened by Jessica Sklair (QMUL), Denisse Román-Burgos (University of Aberdeen) and Ainhoa Montoya (SAS & CSIC).

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