More-than-Human Histories of Rural Landscapes in the Andes, 19th-20th century

01 February 2023 → 31 January 2026
European funding: framework programme, Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Socio-economic history
South America English Dutch Spanish 19th Century 20th Century Contemporary Comparative Geographic and map based Iconography and analysis of images Language and text analysis Field research fieldwork Area studies History Interculturalism
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Project description

Human and nonhuman actors have contributed to global socio-environmental transformations of rural landscapes. Based on two case studies in indigenous communities of the Bolivian-Chilean highlands, the HI-LANDeS project, which is funded under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, aims primarily to develop a more-than-human approach to investigate the role of communal practices and knowledge production around water and land in the transformation and governance of rural landscapes. The project implementation is based on archival research, fieldwork, and community workshops, analysed within a global framework and a transdisciplinary collaboration. Through knowledge transfer between historical research and environmental governance, the insights to be gained could facilitate the adoption of more inclusive conservation and rural development policies both at local and global levels.

Role of Ghent University
The HI-LANDeS project is based at the research group Economies, Comparisons, Connections (ECC) at the Department of History, which is a key member of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies. At Ghent University, the project will also develop a dialogue with the research group INSPIRA at the Department of Agricultural Economics, and with other researchers and research groups with shared interdisciplinary research interests. As part of this Global Fellowship, the project will support a research collaboration between Ghent University and the Universidad de Tarapacá in Chile, which will host the project during the outgoing phase (2023-2025) to conduct archival research and field work, and to develop joint publications and outreach activities. During the return phase in 2025-2026, Ghent University will be the basis for the processing and dissemination of research results.
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