Brazilian Anthropologist Talks at COA

Posted Feb. 09, 2013, at 5:12 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 4:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: John Visvader; 207-288-5015;

BAR HARBOR, ME—College of the Atlantic hosts anthropologist Jeremy Campbell speaking on “The Land Question in Amazonia: Mapping, Tenure Reform, and Environmental Futures in Brazil.” The talk will be on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 4:10 p.m. in the college’s McCormick Lecture Hall.

Campbell is a political and environmental anthropologist whose work focuses on migration, agriculture, and the state. He is particularly interested in the ways people come to know their environment and how that knowledge becomes politicized in moments of broad and rapid socioeconomic changes. In Amazonia, Campbell has conducted more than two years of ethnographic research on the forms of authority that emerge as the region shifts from that of an extractive frontier to a workshop for sustainability schemes. He is currently finishing a book about the material and imagined effects of land speculation along an unpaved forest highway, focusing on how environmental knowledge and future projections position migrants and native Amazonians to engage with state and market.

Campbell holds a PhD and MA in anthropology from the University of California Santa Cruz and a BA in anthropology and ethnic studies from Davidson College. He is now an assistant professor of anthropology at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

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