Building trans-local spaces of political solidarity for environmental and social justice within/by the World March of Women Peru

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 15:15
Location: Hörsaal 34 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Leticia Anabel PAULOS, University of Ottawa, Canada
Khasnabish, citing ‘The Invisible Committee’ contends that
“[r]evolutionary movements do not spread by contamination but by
resonance. Something that is constituted here resonates with the shock
wave emitted by something constituted over there” (The Invisible
Committee, as cited by Khasnabish, 2013: 66). This article explores the
“shock wave” generated by the transnational political project of the
World March of Women (WMW) in one specific place: Peru. The WMW
originates in Quebec, Canada, in the mid-nineties as a “march” against
poverty.  Today the WMW is a transnational network that counts with more
60 National Coordinating Bodies spanning over five continents and has
become a prominent actor in the transnational scene of environmental and
socioeconomic justice. Drawing on a methodological design combining
three data collection methods: qualitative semi-structured interviews
(45 qualitative semi-structured interviews), observation (participant
observation at 3 international conferences; local, national and
provincial meetings and social movement activities that took place in 3
different regions of Peru) and documentary analysis of secondary sources
(e.g. social media, news articles, online petitions) collected between
November 2014 and October 2015, I investigate how the transnational
political agenda of the WMW has been appropriated in Peru and what are
the main trans-local spaces of political solidarity that the WMW has
opened up locally.  To do so, I focus on the struggles against
extractivism and mining of the WMW Peru in two sites: the case of Conga,
in the province of Cajamarca and the case of the Quechua community of
Cañarís, in the province of Ferreñafe.