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Graduate Student

Email: sorbara@unc.edu

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Office: Alumni Hall 402

 

Current transformations in the realm of rights are accompanying the volatile post-conflict transition in Colombia, particularly with the recent emergence of the Rights of Nature, of Forests and Rivers. My PhD dissertation project will interrogate how the Rights of Nature are made and circulated as discourses and legal provisions, and how they are defended and enforced as policies and practical interventions, in the Colombian Amazon. The Amazonian basin was declared an “entity subject of rights” in April 2018 in a groundbreaking ruling issued by the Colombian Constitutional Court, as a result of the world’s first climate change litigation, advanced by an alliance of Colombian civil society organizations led by the NGO De Justicia. How do Amazonian communities in indigenous and peasant territories are being affected, and respond to state interventions and policies implemented in the name of the Rights of Nature?

My research dialogues with crucial recent developments and debates in the subfields of: political anthropology, political ecology, and the anthropology of human rights.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Latin America; Amazon; Feminist Political Ecology; Political Anthropology; Human Rights; Social Movements; Human and Non-Human Entanglements; Subjectivities and Identities.