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Rural Transformation in Latin America’s Changing Climate

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UNM Hodgin Hall, Bobo Room

Albuquerque, NM 87106

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This symposium brings together leading researchers in the field alongside exceptional junior scholars to advance theoretical understandings of smallholder agriculture and rural landscapes within the context of ecological, political, and economic transformation in Latin America. Rural transformation is happening in Latin American societies in which inequality is extremely high, climate change is increasingly disruptive, economic liberalization is rapid and radical, and globalization is overwhelming local cultures. Despite these challenges, smallholder agriculture and rural people keep contributing to the rural economy and to society at large, because they assert agency and shape their emerging environments.

The symposium is organized around three themes, each representing an aspect of changing rural landscapes in Latin America.
1. Agroecology: Understanding how agroecology has merged activism and agronomy in the age of climate change to transform agrarian movements in Latin America.
2. Water governance: Understanding contestations over water and how they transform politics in the age of climate change.
3. Security measures: Tensions in securitization among nation-states, industry, and rural people as each works to meet their goals in a changing climate.

The symposium format fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations by bringing together plenary speakers from diverse academic fields, presentations of works-in-progress by invited presenters, and facilitated discussions.

To learn more, visit laii.unm.edu/events. Register now to reserve your space.

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