Sempertegui, Andrea M.A.
|PhD Working Title||"Indigenous Women’s Practices of “Forest-Making”: Re-existing in a New Era of Extractive Occupation"|
|Summary||The project focuses on the activism of indigenous women from different Amazonian communities in Ecuador. Following the 2013 licensing of the XI. Oil Round and the presidential decision not to renew the Yasuní ITT Initiative, these women united to resist the government’s extractive policies in their territory. This project explores how these Amazonian women challenge both the state’s linkage of nationalist and extractive discourses and the logics of extractive occupation of territory and life. The dissertation departs from the women’s alternative-proposal of Kawsak Sacha, which conceives the Amazon as a “Living Forest”. The proposal goes beyond a mere critique of governmental and corporate tactics accessing Amazonian territories. The activism of these indigenous women emerges not just from opposition to the logics of extractive occupation; it articulates different practices of “forest-making” that have been crucial for the subsistence and “re-existence” of interconnected chains of life in the rainforest.|
|1st Supervisor||Prof. Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez-Rodríguez
|2nd Supervisor||Prof. Dr. Marisol de la Cadena|