with Julia F. Sauma, University of Bergen / UCL. Part of Department of Anthropology Spring Term Seminar Series
During the last forty years Amazonian maroons from Oriximiná (Pará) have been at the forefront of the struggle for traditional land rights in Brazil, positioning themselves against the State's attempt to impose individual land titles and claiming to be coletivos (collective people). Based on that recent battle, this paper will set out the case for a shift in the anthropological study of maroon communities, away from an emphasis on identity formation and “historic, heroic, resistance”. Taking the Oriximiná maroons' demand for collectivity as comprising an existential claim to refuge from enduring, state-sanctioned forms of anti-black violence in Brazil today, it therefore presents the outline of a “maroon sociology”. By reflecting on important theoretical advancements on blackness and counter-colonization, and the current, apocalyptic political climate in Brazil, the paper also shows the pressing need for anthropologists working in the region to engage with maroons' contemporary political philosophies and community-making practices.
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|16 Jan 2019||4:00pm - 6:00pm|
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