Arturo Escobar

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Anthropology and Archaeology

Arturo Escobar is Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Research Associate with the Culture, Memory, and Nation group at Universidad del Valle (Cali) and the Cultural Studies groups at Universidad Javeriana (Bogota). His main interests are: political ecology, ontological design, and the anthropology of development, social movements, and technoscience. Over the past twenty-five years, he has worked closely with several Afro-Colombian social movements in the Colombian Pacific, particularly the Process of Black Communities (PCN). His most well-known book is Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995, 2nd Ed. 2011). His most recent books are Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes (2008; 2010 for the Spanish edition); Sentipensar con la Tierra. Nuevas lecturas sobre desarrollo, territorio y diferencia (2014); Autonomía y diseño: La realización de lo comunal (2016; February 2018 for the English edition, Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds); and Otro posible es posible: Caminando hacia las transiciones desde Abya Yala/Afro/Latino-América (2018). 

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