Race & Racism in the Frontiers

of Natural Resource Extraction/Extractivism

Guest Speaker: Dr. Carmen Martinez Novo
University of Kentucky, Lexington

Dr. Martinez Novo - Speaker Podcast


This talk will discuss two forms of discrimination against indigenous people in Ecuador, where the state and Chinese transnational companies are opening new frontiers of oil and mineral extraction. It argues that a transition from paternalism to open intolerance has taken place in the context of governmental emphasis on extractivism. These findings are contrasted with the writings of scholars that have called the government of Mr. Correa decolonizing. Carmen Martinez contends that decolonial scholars have been insufficiently self-critical of their own complicity with the state’s repressive project vis-à-vis indigenous communities.

About the Speaker

Carmen Martinez Novo was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She got her B.A. in Geography and History from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain. She holds an M.A. in Historical Studies and Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research, New York. She has taught at the City College of the City University of New York, Drew University, Northeastern University, The Latin American Faculty for the Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador, and The University of Kentucky. She has been Visiting Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, Grinnell College, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico D.F. and Universitat de Lleida in Spain.
She has received grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies among others. She has done research at the Mexico-U.S. border and in Ecuador, where she lived and taught for eight years. Her research focuses on indigenous identities, indigenism, and the relations of indigenous peoples with their non-Indigenous allies. She has also studied racism, paternalism, the anthropology of the State and the anthropology of Latin American elites. At the University of Kentucky Professor Martínez teaches "Human Rights in Global Perspective," "Culture, Environment and Global Issues,"Contemporary Latin American Cultures," "Indigenous Latin America," "Elites in Cross-Cultural Comparison," "Political Economy," and "Ontologies, Emotions, Self.". She is the author of Who Defines Indigenous? (Rutgers University Press, 2006) and the editor of Repensando los movimientos indígenas (FLACSO, 2009). She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on indigenismo, indigenous identities, racism and paternalism in Ecuador and Mexico. Martinez Novo is the recipient of a 2017 American Council of Learned Societies Scholarship to complete her manuscript on the Decline of Indigenous Rights in Latin America.

Event Info


Thursday, February 8th
12:00 - 1:00 PM


Palo Pinto
University Center
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington TX 76019

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