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Geography, Geographers and Historians: Territory and Nature in Latin America

  • April 19, 2021
  • (EDT)
  • April 21, 2021
  • (EDT)
  • 3 sessions
  • April 19, 2021, 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • April 20, 2021, 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • April 21, 2021, 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Virtual

From a theoretical and methodological point of view, we propose to discuss the concepts of nature and territory used in our research, where the central question is the relationship between geography and history in the approaches to Latin American environmental history. We intend to reflect on the epistemological theoretical aspects and the methodological aspects of the concepts and disciplines. For this reason, the events are divided into three: where the first, epistemological theory will take place on 4/19/2021 at 3:00 p.m., the second, methodological theory will take place on 4/20/2021 at 3:00 p.m. and the last event will take place on 4/21/2021 at 3:00 p.m. The objective is to share the reflections with the academic public, in the search for consensus on the conceptual basis with which we approach Environmental History in Latin America, from Geography and History. The triggering question of the discussion is how spatiality (locations, distances and distributions) can enrich the environmental stories that we tell, or presented in another way, what are the relationships between spatiality and earthiness (the inescapable earthly condition of humans). It is in this search that theoretical, epistemological, methodological and empirical works are presented.

The first table (a) corresponds to the epistemological-theoretical axis and three works are presented, one on the construction of the concept of the “Brazilian scene”, using Lowenthal's framework; the second work refers to the links and exchanges of materials between Spain and its colonies during the 18th century and finally the work on climate and weather geographers in Latin America (Cuba and Mexico)

The second table (b) corresponds to the theoretical-methodological axis. Three works are presented, the first on flights for the study of the geography of Cuba between 1931 and 1932, then, the contributions of the Berkeley School in Historical Geography and Environmental History Latin America, and finally, the theoretical-methodological links between Historical Geography and Environmental History seen in the interpretation of the landscapes of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.

The third and last table (c), presents three applied works. The first work deals with the ways in which the natural features of the national territory helped shape the process of state formation in Colombia, then the historical geography of the Guarani Jesuit missions of Argentina, and finally, historical and geographical reports of agricultural colonization in central Brazil between 1930 and 1950.

The objective is to share the reflections with the academic public, in the search for consensus on the conceptual basis with which we approach Environmental History in Latin America, from Geography and History.

Organized by Marina Miraglia, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento

with Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia Ambiental (SOLCHA)


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