Latin American Diasporas and the Defense of Territory

When and Where

Thursday, March 16, 2023 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
AP 330
Anthropology Building
19 Ursula Franking Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2S2


The Latin American Studies program is glad to support this event through a Latin American Studies Undergraduate Research Award granted to Este Orantes.

About the Event:

Living in the everyday peace that never came and the wars that never ended, Latin America is the most lethal place in the world for those at the forefront of struggles for human, land, and environmental rights. Ensuing from such history of violence is a mass exodus and displacement of populations that today constitute significant diasporic communities across the globe.

So, we ask: How can/do Latin American diasporas engage in supporting defenders of territory across the region? How can/do academic spaces contribute to forging and supporting struggles for human, land, and environmental rights in Latin America?  

Open to students and academics from the Latin American diaspora, this gathering is an invitation to rethink academic environments in multimodal (re)creations through a pedagogy of experience that expands understandings of collaboration through a politics of roots and remembrance. Going beyond “narrativized testimony” by elaborating on and flourishing from researcher / subaltern inquiries grounded in diasporic positionalities, the space is an invitation to those interested in learning and sharing insights on how to connect with and support struggles for human, land, and environmental rights across Latin America.

The event will feature virtual presentations from defenders of territory across Latin America, followed by an open roundtable of short presentations by students from the Latin American diaspora to share their research/work and provide insights on ways to engage in the defense of territory across the region.

About the Presenters:

Remote Presentations: (in Spanish)

  • Lucía Ixchiú (Festivales Solidarios, Co-Founder): K’iche Woman, artist, singer, cultural manager, community journalist, Indigenous feminist, architect, currently exiled and criminalized by the state of Guatemala.
  • Karen Córdoba (ASODEMIA, Co-Founder): Psychologist, community leader and organizer using psychosocial approaches focused on territorial accompaniment in the Colombian Chocó region, supporting community empowerment and transformation.
  • Stacey Noelia Velasquez Vasquez (Otrans, Director), community worker, activist, philanthropist, national representative of the Latin American & Caribbean Network of Trans People, LGBTIQ+ human rights defender, living in exile from El Salvador post the country’s internal armed conflict.

Roundtable Presentations

  • Luisa Isidro Herrera (PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, York University)
  • Laura Lorena de Souza Carvalho (PhD student, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto)
  • Juan Carlos Jiménez (PhD candidate, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto) TBC
  • Este Orantes Migoya (PhD student, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto)


Latin American Studies program, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Ethnography Lab, Department of Anthropology, Center for Research in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University


19 Ursula Franking Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2S2