Exploring the causes and consequences of incongruous anthropologies of terror and coffee farming in Colombia


When: 21 August 2014, 12-1.30 PM
Where: The University of Los Andes, Room TBC

There is a disjuncture between the influential anthropological representations of violence and coffee farming in 1980s Colombia. For Michael Taussig, omnipresent violence produces profound transformations, whereas for Sutti Ortiz, the background violence in the lives of coffee farmers is of little significance. Such incongruence raises questions about the production and impact of knowledge. Incorporating my own ethnographic work on coffee farmers in Antioquia (2009-2010), Dr. Newman will illustrate the talk using a small case study on how ethical trading companies, like Fairtrade, operate in coffee regions with relatively high levels of violence.

Andrei Gomez-Suarez and Jonathan Newman



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