Synopsis of Presentation: This presentation builds on Isabel’s previous research on the effects of large scale climate mitigation schemes and analyzes how the intensification of neoliberal polices and the use of privatization to govern access to the ocean and its resources are producing the conditions for the dispossession of Indigenous fishing customary rights. It will also look at the resistance practices that interrupt neoliberal policies in the Tehuantepec Isthmus in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. This presentation will highlight the role of actors beyond the state in producing the specific junctures at which the vocation of the region and the Indigenous peoples inhabiting it are changed to become a “centre of sustainable development".
Speaker Bio: Isabel Altamirano is Zapotec from the Tehuantepec Isthmus, Oaxaca, Mexico and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Her research interrogates the relationship among gender, indigeneity, and the economy and analyzes how different systems of oppression are produced and contested in North America. Her current research focuses on the connection among resource extraction, Indigenous women’s bodies and consent. Her book Indigenous Encounters with Neoliberalism. Place, Women and the Environment published by UBC Press, examines the relationship between the articulation of indigeneity, neo-liberal governance, gender and the environment in Canada and Mexico. She has recently edited Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understandings of Place with Nathalie Kermoal.