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Narco-Frontiers and Magical Marxism: Agrarian Change on Drugs
December 2, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Teo Ballvé (Colgate University, New York)
Why is drug trafficking linked to rapid and destructive agrarian change? In this talk, Geographer Teo Ballvé combines ethnography, Marxist political economy, and the fiction of Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez to explain why rural areas wracked by the drug trade have become such hotspots for violent land grabs and mass deforestation. Drawing on his own research in Colombia and that of other scholars from around the world, Ballvé’s analysis is as much an experimental combination of Marxism and Magical Realism, or “Magical Marxism,” as it is a revealing geographical framework for understanding the combustible rural spaces he calls “narco-frontiers.”
Teo Ballvé is a geographer and former investigative journalist. He is also the former editor of the NACLA Report on the Americas, the most widely read English language publication on Latin American affairs and U.S. policy toward the region. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Peace & Conflict Studies Program and the Department of Geography at Colgate University in upstate New York.