Natalia Buitron: Member-At-Large (Sept. 2019-Aug. 2022)

Natalia BuitronNatalia Buitron

London School of Economics and Political Science
Member-At-Large
Term: September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2022

Natalia’s research explores political subjectivities in lowland South America, specifically how broader political and economic forms interweave with moral selfhood, sociality and religion in daily life. Natalia gained a BA in Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Siena (Italy) and trained in Anthropology of Learning and Cognition (MSc) at the London School of Economics, leading to the completion of her PhD in 2016.

Building on her doctoral research, her book project titled ‘Indigenous Development: Territorial Autonomy and Vernacular Statecraft in Millennial Amazonia’ explores the remaking of Shuar landscapes and institutions in articulation with the modern state. Her current post-doc is part of a collaborative research project ‘Justice, Morality, and the State in Amazonia’ funded by the European Research Council. Building on her earlier work on village formation in Ecuadorian Amazonia, she investigates the intertwining of moral emotions and newly appropriated bureaucratic tools in indigenous everyday justice.

Natalia is also interested and has written about the indigenous uses of scholarly and autobiographical writing, and the paradoxes of state-sponsored patrimonializing and intercultural education projects. Her upcoming research project explores radical projects of self-governance and indigenous sovereignty by focusing on the Amazonian branch of the Pachakutikmovement in Ecuador, one of the strongest indigenous social movements in Latin America, and specifically on the involvement of women in this movement.

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