Valerio di Fonzo
Research Title : Neoliberalism, Neo-Extractivism, and Environmental Conflicts in Peru
Valerio Di Fonzo, a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, traveled to Lima and Cusco, Peru in the summer of 2017 to conduct preliminary ethnographic fieldwork examining the connections fostered through the Catholic Church between urban and rural communities, specifically related to environmental issues. Valerio continued his research in Jaen and Bagua, Peru in summer 2018 to further explore the connections between indigenous people and rural communities and the Church, focusing on environmental concerns. His work as a whole seeks to examine how environmental identities and politics of recognition are historically constructed, contested, and negotiated between State, Church, and indigenous groups in Peru.