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Environmental Conflicts and the Public Debate on Development in Argentina and Latin America

Join us for a talk by Gabriela Merlinsky, Researcher at the Gino Germani Research Institute, University of Buenos Aires and Research Associate of the CONICET. Merlinsky will address the intersections between environmental conflicts and debates on development in Argentina and Latin America, drawing from over ten years of research in the field and presenting a number of key cases in the region.

Organised by: Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Argentina Solidarity Campaign. Argentina Research Network. Dr Paula Serafini (University of Leicester).

Chaired by: Dr Daniel Ozarow (Argentina Research Network, Middlesex University, London).

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In Argentina and other Latin Americans countries, environmental conflicts bring about debates regarding productive models and their long-term social and environmental consequences. Considering the growing relevance of these matters in public debates, this talk will examine how environmental conflicts generate turning points in the construction of development narratives.

The talk will address a series of main questions regarding environmental conflicts and development in Argentina and Latin America: What are the most long-lasting consequences of these conflicts in terms of the inscription of environmental issues in public debate? How do these new social and political ways of constructing the environmental question enable the elaboration of different models of contesting and/or justifying social inequalities? How does collective action contribute to a redefinition of common good and common goods?

These questions will be explored through a number of case studies that look at how environmental conflicts generate turning points in each community or region’s lines of historical development, and bring about debates regarding productive models and their impacts on the present and future equality of societies.

Dr Gabriela Merlinsky is Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, and Coordinator of the Environmental Research area at the Gino Germani Research Institute, University of Buenos Aires. She is also a Research Associate of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). Her publications include Cartografías del conflicto ambiental en Argentina II (CLASCO-CICCUS, 2016) and Política, derechos y justicia ambiental. El Conflicto del Riachuelo (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2013).


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