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ST600 Speaker Series

UK Athletics Association Auditorium, William T. Library
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Dr. Yoalli Rodriguez Aguilera, Lake Forest College

"Grieving Geographies are spaces of complex collective loss due to multiple interconnected forms of violence."

Engaging with critical race theory, feminist geography and anthropology, and political ecology, this paper explores the intersections of gender, race, and the environment in the context and legacies of colonialism in Mexico. Black and Indigenous women in the Coast of Oaxaca grieve for the lagoons that are dying in front of them due to governmental and neoliberal policies, but also for the loss of members of their communities due to violence. I argue that facing the slow death of their lagoons system, plus everyday forms of violence, Black and Indigenous women organize to defend life, livelihood, and the lagoons in their community. These women have created everyday practices of resistance and alternative economies based on care and solidarity. This presentation argues that grief can become a fuel for hope and political mobilization, in which at the center is the defense of human-non-human life and an intertwined  affective relationship. 

Dr. Yoalli Rodriguez Aguilera


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