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Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam and the Struggle for Political Voice
Friday, December 13, 2013

The Belo Monte hydroelectric facility, located in the Brazilian Amazon, will be the world’s third largest dam when completed in 2019. This energy project is touted as a sustainable development initiative, but its construction is bringing rapid social and environmental changes to the urban centers closest to the construction site, disproportionately affecting marginalized communities through displacement, rising prices, and inadequate government services. In this context, I examine the factors that enable and constrain dam-affected people as they make demands for their rights, highlighting the importance of collective imaginations of the future. I argue that effective translation, or the reframing of these imagined futures into language and demands that can be understood and acted upon by others, is a necessary step in addressing the needs of the most marginalized.

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
Contact: Yuval Elmelech.
Phone: 845-758-6822 x7667

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