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Anthony Dest: Against the Politics of Death, Breaking the Hold of State and Capital on Black and Indigenous Struggles

Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 18, 2021. 12:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Concerning Violence: A Collaborative Research Group
Meeting Description: 

Dr. Anthony Dest is assistant professor of anthropology at Lehman College-CUNY. Dr. Dest is committed to supporting movements for social justice and liberation. His teaching, research, and writing explores the contours of violence and racism in Latin America. He earned his PhD in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a graduate certificate in Armed Conflict & Peace from La Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. His dissertation, After the War: Violence and Resistance in Colombia, was recognized as the Best Dissertation of 2019 by the Peace and Justice Studies Association. His research has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Inter-American Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.

Abstract: “‘Disenchanted with the State’: Confronting the Limits of Neoliberal Multiculturalism in Colombia” appeared in Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies in June 2020. The article explores why two distinct social movements – the Afro-Descendant Women’s Mobilization for the Care of Life and Ancestral Territories and the Liberation of Mother Earth Process – emerged in 2014 in response to the failure of multicultural rights to guarantee the conditions for their autonomy and self-determination. The article concludes with a meditation on the potential impasse of struggling in and against the state and capital. In this talk, I will discuss how my thinking about this supposed impasse has evolved, as well as the trajectory of each of the struggles since the writing of the article. I am currently building on the themes addressed in the article in my book manuscript tentatively titled Dissident Peace: An Ethnography of Struggle in Colombia.

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