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"Nobodies" in the State: The Black Geographies of Francia Márquez's Election

Speaker: Eloisa Berman Arévalo
Date: February 17, 2023
Time: 3:30 PM
Address: Carolina Hall (Room 220)

Eloisa Berman Arévalo, Professor of History and Social Sciences at la Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, joins the UNC-CH Department of Geography and the Institute for the Study of the Americas for a discussion about the electoral success and political career of Afro-Colombian environmental and human rights activist Francia Márquez Mina. Professor Arévalo will draw from previous research on black geographies in Colombia, her personal involvement in Fracia's campaign, and her current experience in the government's rural development agency to reflect on the possibilities, limitations, and dangers of Colombia's shifting political norms.


Eloisa Berman-Arévalo is Assistant Professor at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, and an advisor at the Rural Development Agency in Colombia. Her research lies at the intersection between agrarian studies, political ecology, and black geographies in Latin America. With an emphasis on historic afro-descendant territories in the Colombian Caribbean, she explores post-conflict agrarian capitalism and its racialized and gendered forms of deterritorialization. She engages these topics through an ethnographic lens informed by feminist methodologies and praxis. Eloisa is also an activist and collaborator in anti-racist, peasants-rights, and feminist collectives in Colombia.


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