Encounters of the first Friday of the month

Ecological Territorial Governance: Professionalization Program organized by ATHENA and the French Embassy, Bolivia

Ana Ramirez November 6, 2020

Our goal is to awaken the sleeping giant of the ecological spirit that lives in every human being.
We are EARTH that walks and we want to re-educate the human consciousness, to return to the Pacha Mama with respect and love.

The Ecological Territorial Governance project in Chiquitania and Amboró National Park is a collaboration with the ATENEA Technical Institute affiliated with the French Embassy in Bolivia to develop technical careers linked to Sustainable Development.

This initiative responds to the urgency of cultivating a better education and awareness of the population around the care of Mother Earth in a context of ecological crises, as seen with the burning fires in the dry forests of Chiquitania (2019) and in the Amboró National Park (2020).

The proposal is based on an important Bolivian conceptual and legal support that includes Law 300 which considers Mother Earth as a living being with rights like human beings. Our main goal is to incentivize love for healthy forests, which give us oxygen, water, healthy food and medicine.

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The concept of Contingency according to Ivan Illich

Jorge Ishizawa December 4, 2020

Karen Barad’s Theory of Agency Realism

Ibalú Alba January 8, 2021

“knowledge is a matter of one part of the world becomING intelligible to another part.
The practices of knowing and being are not is ISOLABLE; THEY are mutually iMPLICATED.” — Karen Barad

Agential realism is a new scientific paradigm that focuses on the nature of discursive practices which are understood as semantic and material at the same time. The aim is to be able to account for how the world comes to materialize and mean through intra-actions that produce material-discursive apparatuses (Foucault; Bohr). These apparatuses restrict (but do not determine) the differentiation of bodies (human and non-human) iteratively and what comes to be valued.

The importance of this pardigm lies in the relational ontology it proposes, which places the human being as a part of the multiple and entangled relationships (or intra-actions) that create reality and not as an external observer. It also impels us to cultivate an ethic of responsibility for the world and all the beings (human and non-human) that make constitute it.

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