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Keepers of Minerals, Forests, and Waters.
Cinema, Literature, and Art against Extractivism in Latin America

Guardianes de los minerales, los bosques y las aguas.
Arte, literatura y cine indígena frente al extractivismo en Latinoamérica

Guest Thematic Editors:
Andrea Echeverría, Wake Forest University
Juan G. Sánchez M., University of North Carolina-Asheville
Ulises Juan Zevallos-Aguilar, Ohio State University

Large-scale mining, oil industry, and commercial exploitation of cattle, timber and forests, are the cause of major environmental, social, political and cultural transformations in Latin America and Abya Yala. The activity of these economic sectors has confronted indigenous nations with the governments of the countries where their territories are located, as well as with the transnational companies that operate there.

Numerous visual and plastic artists, writers and intellectuals have pointed out the negative impacts that the exploitation of minerals, forests, bodies of water, and fossil fuels produce in their territories. Their work shows how forced displacement of entire communities, systematic killing of environmental advocates, and the destruction of nature are consequences of these economic activities. Moreover, they indicate that there is a clash of paradigms between the vision of nature that their work promotes, and the legal and economic rationality of nation-states. In order to build bridges between these seemingly irreconcilable agendas, these artists and intellectuals often support civil mobilizations and community actions through their music, art, film and literature.


La minería a gran escala, la explotación agropecuaria y la industria petrolera son la causa de grandes transformaciones ambientales, sociales, políticas y culturales en Latinoamérica y el Abya Yala. La actividad de estos sectores económicos ha enfrentado a distintas naciones indígenas con los gobiernos de los países donde se encuentran sus territorios y las empresas transnacionales que allí operan. Con el fin de levantar puentes entre agendas que parecen irreconciliables, estos artistas e intelectuales a menudo recurren a la movilización cívica y las acciones comunitarias, pero también a canales de comunicación como la música, las artes plásticas, el cine y la literatura. Invitamos la colaboración de académicos y otros investigadores sobre los numerosos pensadores y escritores, artistas plásticos y visuales indígenas quienes han denunciado los impactos negativos que la explotación de minerales, bosques, cuerpos de agua e hidrocarburos ha causado en sus territorios. También de interés entrevistas con estos líderes, y sugerencias de obra creativa, así como notas breves de reflexión.


This special theme seeks submissions, in English or Spanish, scholarly research articles, interviews, poems, and stories which dialogue with the work of Indigenous writers, artists and movements concerned with extractivism in their ancestral lands. Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Transformations in the territory, memory and identities that respond to extractivism
  • Landscapes as dynamic networks in which natural and cultural systems interact
  • Activism, social organizations, and cinema
  • The languages and voices of the Earth
  • Music and the alteration of sound landscapes
  • Masters of minerals, forests, and waters. Humans, non-humans and more-than-humans
  • Mass media, indigenous communities, and social movements (radio, YouTube, web)

Submissions due by or before February 1, 2018, emailed to:

Questions to Thematic Editors: Andrea Echeverría (, Juan G. Sánchez M. (, and Ulises Juan Zevallos-Aguilar (

View Submission Guidelines

Word limit for research articles 6-8,000; for shorter reflection articles 3-4,000; interviews 3,000 words. Book and film reviews on this topic also welcome: limited to 1,200 or less words. Poets, submit maximum 6 poems of which 2-3 will be selected; Fiction writers 2,500 limit.​​