I was born and grew up in Colombia. Trained initially in science and engineering, I became concerned towards the end of my undergraduate degree in Cali with questions of hunger and development, which took me into the social sciences and, eventually, anthropology. After completing an interdisciplinary PhD in Development Philosophy, Policy and Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, I taught at various places in the US. I have also taught for short periods in Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Finland, Spain and England, and conducted or participated in workshops on development and ecology in Colombia, Mali, Denmark, England, and Mexico. My main academic works are: Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995; also available in Spanish and Chinese; 2nd. Ed. 2011); Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes (2008), and the collections of essays in Spanish, El final del salvaje. Naturaleza, cultura y política en la antropología contemporánea (1999) andMás allá del Tercer Mundo. Globalización y diferencia (2005). I have co-edited a number of volumes of social movements, women and place, the World Social Forum, and globalization and the decolonial option.
The work with activists of the Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN), a network of Afro-Colombian organizations, has been since 1993 one of my most important sources of inspiration on questions of activism, environment, culture and development. It continues to be so today. Other intellectual/political projects in which I have been involved include the World Anthropologies Network (WAN); the ‘Women and the Politics of Place’ project, co-organized with Wendy Harcourt (Society for International development, SID); the Latin American ‘Modernity/Coloniality/Decoloniality’ group; and the ‘Social Movements Working Group’ (at UNC, Chapel Hill).
In recent years, I have developed a close collaboration with Mario Blaser and Marisol de la Cadena on a fifth area of work for me, that of pluriversal studies and design. A closely related area of work is discourses of ecological and cultural transition, in part in collaboration with the Uruguayan ecologist Eduardo Gudynas.
Practically all I have written in English has also been published in Spanish.
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