As part of Conferencias Caribeñas 12 Series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras invites the academic community and the public at large to the lecture “Anthropology, History, and Human Rights: Saramaka People versus The State of Suriname” by Dr. Richard Price. Dr. Price is the author of Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial, for which he won the Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association in the field of Human Rights and Senior Book Prize of the American Ethnological Society. Dr. Manuel Valdés Pizzini (Department of Social Sciences, UPR-RUM) will introduce the speaker.
The activity will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 1:00-3:30pm (Law School, UPR-RP) at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre in the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building (CRA 108), School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP. This lecture follows Dr. Sally Price’s lecture “Laundering Culture: Power and the Production of Museum Exhibits” on Tuesday, March 5, at 1:00-3:30pm in the same venue.
Description: Suriname contains the highest proportion of rainforest, and the most forest per person, of any country in the world. During the 1990s, its government began awarding extensive logging and mining concessions to multinational companies from China and elsewhere. Saamaka Maroons, descendants of self-liberated African slaves who had lived in that rainforest for three centuries, resisted, eventually bringing their complaints to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In 2007, the Court delivered its landmark judgment in their favor. Anthropologist Richard Price, who participated actively in this struggle, tells how Saamakas harnessed international human rights law to win control of their own piece of the Amazonian forest and guarantee their cultural survival, and how anthropological and historical knowledge helped win the case.
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