Feb 7, 2011

The Geopolitics of Colombia's Territorial Conquest

Today I read an article that rocked my world. It is one of the best analyses of Colombian reality I've read (and I've read probably too many). If you do any work that has anything to do with Colombia I recommend it highly, despite the odd pretitle:

Iron Maiden Landscapes: The Geopolitics of Colombia's Territorial Conquest
by Margarita Serje

It's available here.

She's an anthropology professor at Los Andes. By iron maiden she means "a device for collective abuse." Was 'iron maiden' a name for some old torture gadget? Is this just a weird translation? It just makes me think of the band I'm afraid. Anyways, the article is well worth reading, and I'm looking forward to getting her book.
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