Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

Arturo Escobar is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Research Associate with the Culture, Memory, and Nation group at Universidad del Valle, Cali. He has been visiting professor at universities in Ecuador, Argentina, Catalunya, Mali, Finland, the Netherlands, and England. His main interests are: political ecology, ontological design, and the anthropology of development, social movements, and technoscience. Over the past twenty years, he has worked closely with several Afro-Colombian social movements in the Colombian Pacific, particular the Process of Black Communities (PCN). His most well known book is Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995, 2nd Ed. 2011). His most recent books are Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes (2008; 2010 for the Spanish edition), Una minga para el postdesarrollo (2013), and Sentipensar con la Tierra: Nuevas lecturas sobre desarrollo, territorio y diferencia (2014). Some of his works can be downloaded from


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