Geographic Protest: The role of Counter-mapping in supporting campaigns against large-scale extractive projects in Colombia

A Research Paper by Doug Specht, published by LivingMaps Review

Abstract

In a few short years, social movements in Cajamarca, Colombia, were able to convince a once divided community almost unanimously to reject the establishment of the world’s largest gold mine on their doorstep. This paper examines the role of contestatory cartography in achieving this remarkable result. It explores the range of mapping and counter-mapping tools used by movements in the region, showing how a combination of classic GIS and neogeographical tools have been used to counter the mining project from both a legal and social standpoint. The paper finds that hierarchies of control are still in place and were not eroded by participatory mapping activities, but suggests that counter-mapping and the involvement of the community in exploring their own landscape was crucial to the rejection of AngloGold Ashanti’s La Colosa project.

Read the full text here: http://livingmaps.review/journal/index.php/LMR/article/view/111/201

 

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Doug Specht

About

Doug Specht is a Lecturer at the Communication and Media Research Institute, within the University of Westminster. His research examines how knowledge is constructed and codified through digital and cartographic artifacts, centering on development issues. He sits on BSi committee IST/36 Geographic Information, where he focuses on geographic data in the SDGs and on web ontologies. He also holds positions at Media Culture and Society and Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. He is additionally the director of the human rights mapping platform Voz; a trustee of the Santa Rosa Fund; and a core member of the Environmental Network for Central America.

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8th November 2018
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