Nov 12, 2015 - May 19, 2022
5:00pm - 12:40pm    |    Vanderbilt Hall 210, 40 Washington Square, NYC


About the event

What are the effects of ‘progressive’ human-nature rights – and supposedly ‘progressive’ techniques to monitor them – within a ‘progressive’ government environment, characterized by a return of the strong state? By drawing on the implementation of national human rights indicators (HRI) in Ecuador (2009-2014), my general concern is with ongoing attempts to increasingly technocratize politics, and to cloak historical injustices, as part and parcel of post-neoliberal, neo-extractivist projects in the ‘plurinational and intercultural’country of ‘good living’ (Buen Vivir).

About the Speaker

“Johannes M. Waldmüller is a legal anthropologist and post-doctoral fellow. He holds a PhD in Anthropology and Sociology of Development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (Switzerland) by completing a study on human rights indicators emerging between Europe, Mexico and Ecuador. He has a Masters degree in International Development and Intercultural Philosophy from the University of Vienna. By drawing on legal and institutional anthropology, his transdisciplinary work is on the one hand concerned with technologies of governance and alternative development paths, and on the other hand with the ethics of transcultural translations and epistemologies by drawing on post- and decolonial readings. For his post-doc, he studies the contested emergence of human rights and food security indicators in the field of food sovereignty in Ecuador. Johannes is also a co-founder and research associate of Kompreno, a Geneva-based research association working on three continents, as well as co-founder and editor of Alternautas ( ”


This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Center for Media, Culture and History, and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and is part of the Deparment of Anthropology’s Fall 2015 Colloquia series


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