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“Labor and Conservation in the Peruvian Amazon”

The Social Justice Institute will host Gordon Ulmer, a PhD candidate at The Ohio State University Department of Anthropology, to present his research Saturday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall, Room A13.

peruvian-amazonIn a talk titled “Labor and Conservation in the Peruvian Amazon,” Ulmer will discuss his research examining the shifting domains of life and labor in Madre de Dios, Peru, the triple-frontier region where the national borders of Peru, Bolivia and Brazil convene.

Using the lens of labor to examine how markets embed into the everyday lives of frontier communities, he has spent 18 months conducting fieldwork in this rapidly developing region of Amazonia. His work tracks the many outcomes for households that rely on both natural resource extraction and biodiversity conservation to make a living.

John Flores, the Climo Junior Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences and member of the Social Justice Institute leadership team, and Ben Lybarger, the education and outreach coordinator at Field Projects International, are organizing the event.