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Trans-Environmental Dynamics: Understanding and Debating Ontologies, Politics, and History in Latin America

Conference 29.10. - 31.10.2015 at LMU, Munich

29.10.2015 – 31.10.2015

Conveners: Eveline Dürr (LMU Munich), Ernst Halbmayer (University of Marburg), Ingrid Kummels (Freie Universität Berlin) and Karoline Noack (University of Bonn)

With this conference, we seek to broaden the current discussion of diverse and often conflicting environmental notions by focusing on the possibility of largely neglected ontological differences in conceptualizing the environment. It relationally considers the environment and ontologies as interactively and mutually created in specific contexts, which are politically charged and mostly asymmetrical. In order to advance the debate on Amerindian and non-Amerindian cosmologies and environmental issues in Latin America, we propose to link these current debates with a trans-environmental perspective. By broadening the lens and bringing a trans-environmental perspective to bear, one that understands environments as always interactively constituted, we seek to provide a more useful level of analysis that allows for a fresh discussion of environmental conceptions.


When?     29.10. - 31.10.2015


29.10.15, 15.00 - 18.00, room L155
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 München (plan of site)

30.10.15, 9.00 - 18.00, room A120 (kleine Aula)
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München (plan of site)

31.10.15, 9.00 - 18.00, room A120 (kleine Aula)
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München

This workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited seats. To register, please send an email to by 22 October 2015.


For further information, please check this website and our program (pdf, 175 KB).

rachel carson center  department of social and cultural anthropology munich  fritz thyssen stiftung  federal ministry