12/03/2014 - 12/03/2014
Eco-Eco, Ethno-Ecology, and Int. Assessment seminar series - "The resistance space against iron ore mining threat at the Gandarela Mountain Range/Minas Gerais State, Brazil"[disponible en anglès]
13/03/2014 - 13/03/2014
Talk at ICTA on "A post growth society for 21st century"[disponible en anglès]
15/02/2014 - 15/03/2014
II Dissabtes de les Ciències Ambientals a la UAB (febrer-març 2014)
16/06/2014 - 20/06/2014
Congreso Antropicosta-Iberoamérica 2014 en México[disponible en castellà]
Our next seminar in Eco-Eco, Ethno-Ecology, and Integrated Assessment will be Wed. March 12th. from 12h30 to 14h in Room C3B/013 in the Ciencies Building. Carolina Herrmann will present her recent research on the “resistance space” of an environmental-social movement fighting to block an iron ore mining activity in Brazil proposed by the“Vale” multinational company.
The resistance space against iron ore mining threat at the Gandarela Mountain Range/Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Carolina is a Brazilian activist and researcher, she is a PhD candidate of the Architecture and Urbanism Program at the Federal University of Minas Gerais/Brazil, under the supervision of the Professor Roberto Luís de Melo Monte-Mór. A period of her PhD studies, promoted by the Brazilian CAPES Foundation, is taking place at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology under the supervision of Joan Martínez-Alier. She is an Architect and Urbanist, with a Master's in Environmental Engineering (2009). Her PhD started in 2011 and her research focus is on the “resistance space”, a reflection inspired by Henri Lefèbvre's theory of space and the observation of the Movement for the Preservation of the Gandarela Mountain Range, in Minas Gerais State/Brazil.
Brazil is a giant supplier of iron ore exports for the world economy. The conflict analysed here has special characteristics. An environmental-social movement against iron mining has arisen at the Gandarela Mountain Range, Minas Gerais. The state of Minas Gerais is where Vale – a very large transnational mining company - started its operation in the 1940s. Gandarela is the last mountain range environmentally well protected in the heart of Minas Gerais, holding a huge aquifer, but it has iron ore underground. Vale threats to mine in Gandarela, the resistance movement proposed the creation of a National Park as an instrumental strategy, and the movement goes beyond conservationism, it opposes the actual social metabolism of the world economy and believes in a different society. The mining project license process is stopped until the federal government decides on this conservationist proposal. Inspired by Lefebvre’s space theory, the article analyzes the Gandarela case. The qualitative methodology is based on two years of participant observation and in-depth interviews with the environmental-social movement. The result is the understanding of the “resistance space” representations, in other words, a characterization of thoughts and strategies for a territory using different valuation languages. The research reached three dialectic representations of the resistance space: the “instruments”, the “contrapositions”, and the “utopia”.
Col·laboradors: Isabelle Anguelovski