Current Institutional Affiliation
Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mississippi

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 2008
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Anthropology, University of Chicago
The Political Ecology of Climate Change in Argentine-Patagonia

The proposed project will investigate how scientific discourses of climate change have transformed the social relationships of green capitalism in southwestern Argentine-Patagonia; specifically in Glaciers National Park (GNP) and the surrounding communities of El Calafate and El Chalten. I propose to spend twelve months conducting an ethnographic investigation into how the different social actors and groups comprising the region's green economy rearticulate their ecological practices and risk imaginaries to preempt the deleterious effects associated with climate change. I also examine the epistemic cultures of glaciologists from the Argentine Antarctic Institute (AAI) researching and modeling the mass-balance dynamics of glaciers in the Southern Patagonian Icefield, some of which intersect with GNP. This project forwards anthropological understandings of environmental politics, neoliberal capitalism, and the semiotics of ecological crisis. This project also contributes to scholarly and political debates concerning how climate change portends to disrupt the ongoing development and expansion of carbon-based global capitalism.