Indigenous Professionalisation and Agrarian Knowledge-Ecologies in the Peruvian Andes

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Indigenous Professionalisation and Agrarian Knowledge-Ecologies in the Peruvian Andes

Lecture Theatre 2
Building 379

Parkville

Basement Level, 207 Bouverie Street

Booking not required

Further Details

T: (03) 8344 9395

jmcook@unimelb.edu.au

Dr Julian Yates will discuss the outcomes of an ongoing research project in the Peruvian Andes, exploring issues of indigenous professionalisation, the politics of knowledge and translation, and the (instrumentalist) recognition of Andean living worlds.

He will focus on the role of kamayoq – indigenous, community-based 'specialists' operating within NGO development projects and state professionalisation programs to 'revitalise' Andean agricultural production.

Despite connecting kamayoq training to Andean animist ontologies, the politics of translating knowledge-ecologies for the purpose of professionalisation serves to 'fix' indigenous knowledge and Andean circuits of value production. He will reflect on this point by exploring shifts in human-alpaca relations, and conclude with some thoughts on the contradictory role of indigenous professionalisation in decolonising development.

PresentersDr Julian Yates

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