The Amerikas Colloquium
Olea Morris (Central European University, Vienna):
Ecoaldeas in Mexico: More-Than-Human Visions of Sustainability
This research focuses on networks of so-called “ecovillages” (ecoaldeas, or intentional communities with a focus on ecological living), which have emerged in Mexican rural landscape in recent years. In particular, my work attends to the ways that environmental knowledge and practices of place-making are implicated in the construction of one another. This project is highly influenced by multispecies ethnographic approaches, and suggests that individual communities interpret and grapple with deeply contested notions like “sustainability” by way of their relationships to and conceptions of nonhuman actors. In this talk, I discuss my fieldwork with ecological communities in Mexico over approximately one year, and discuss how some communities have adapted their projects in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, I explore how ecovillages serve as sites for knowledge creation, but also negotiation between distinct, and at times divergent, forms of sustainability.
When? Thursday, 22 April 2021, 18:15
Where? Zoom-Meeting. Get the Link by writing an email to