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This presentation examines the relationship between the universal right to water and indigenous water rights as articulated in the legal strategies of indigenous Yaqui (Yoemem) activists in Mexico, and in the jurisprudence of the Inter-American human rights system. Accelerated urban growth and the already tangible effects of climate change in the area of study are rekindling historical water conflicts between rural indigenous communities and state authorities encouraging urban development. This configuration is not unique to Northwestern Mexico and, as such, offers an instructive case for exploring contradictions and alignments between indigenous right claims and the universal right to water.
Dr. Lucero Radonic has a PhD in Anthropology, with a minor in Geography, from the University of Arizona. Her research program lies at the intersection of political ecology and urban anthropology, and contributes to academic and policy debates on water governance and resource rights, urban indigeneity, and the right to the city. Her current project explores the historical relationship between the political ecology of water, urbanization, and indigenous rights in Northwestern Mexico, a region that faces continuous urban expansion and an intensifying water crisis due to high water demands and climate change.
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Venue: Coor 5536
Refreshments served. Please RSVP by Thursday, 2/2 here.
After the talk join us for a Meet & Greet with Lucero Radonic from 3:00 - 4:00 pm in INTDS-B 280. Snacks will be served.