Colombian-Argentinean guest researcher at PRIF

Carlos Salamanca (Photo: Carlos Salamanca).

We are happy to welcome our guest researcher Carlos Salamanca, who is staying at PRIF for the months of June and July 2019. He will continue to work on his research project and exchange ideas with scientists from the Glocal Junctions and Intrastate Conflict research departments.In his current research, Salamanca is studying causes and effects of recent violent practices against indigenous peoples in three countries in Latin America (Argentina, Colombia, and Guatemala): Why are indigenous peoples often the target of state violence and how is violence affecting them? How does recent violence intertwine with the extractive projects that threaten their territories today? Taking into account a spatial dimension of violence, Salamanca is working on answering these questions. He also focuses on local perspectives, after several years of collaborative work with indigenous organizations and ethnographic research.

During his stay at PRIF, Salamanca plans to develop interpretative concepts and tools for possibilities of non-violent conflict transformation, centered in transitional justice debates.He also wants to take part in the discussions and developments at PRIF, and is looking forward to discussing PRIF's glocalisation approach with regard to the comparative work in his own project.

Carlos Salamanca is a Colombian-Argentinean architect and obtained his PhD in Anthropology from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) of Paris. He currently works as a Research Fellow in Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnicas (CONICET, Argentina). Since 2014, he has been leading the Interdisciplinary Program Espacios, Políticas, Sociedades at Centro de Estudios Interdisciplinarios of Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR).

The La Guajira region in the Caribbean is confronted with a dramatic situation of water scarcity, and with terrible consequence for the population of the region, mostly Wayúu People. While incredible amounts of water are used by extractive industries, a humanitarian crisis has been declared in response to thousands of Wayúu children dying of malnutrition and lack of water. National and international institutions have started implementing several projects to ease the situation but none of them solves the underlying problems (Photo: Carlos Salamanca).
Last Peace processes in Colombia opened the doors to the expansion of extractive industries in territories that had traditionally been out of reach of governments. Indigenous people like the Wayúu People from La Guajira in the Caribbean are facing the expansion of coal, gas and wind enterprises exploiting and radically transforming their territories with projects they do not benefit from (Photo: Carlos Salamanca).