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Latin America at breaking point: a look back at two tumultuous years


Tom Gatehouse, author of Voices of Latin America: Social Movements and the New Activism and the upcoming The Heart of Our Earth: Community Resistance to Mining in Latin America, presents ‘Latin America at breaking point: a look back at two tumultuous years’.

This talk was part of the first conference, Activism against extractive industries and performance activism, held by Latin America is Moving Collective in February, 2021 and was chaired by Paula Serafini (CAMEo Research Institute, University of Leicester), author of the book Performance Action: the Politics of Art Activism.

Tom introduces Latin America Bureau, he summarises some of what’s changed since Voices was published at the beginning of 2019 (even before the pandemic, 2019 saw protest movements rising all over the continent) and introduces his own research on mining and extractivism.

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About the series:

As a way to explore Latin American social movements before and after the pandemic, the Latin America is Moving Collective launched a new online seminar series. Each of the three seminars brought together ‘flash talks’ from experts and break-out discussion sessions with the audience. Attendees were engaged to think about the difficult questions raised by research, on one hand, and activists and collectives’ demands, on the other. For LAB, this initiative is a continuation of our Voices of Latin America work.


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