In the Willimapu territory of southern Chile, water is at the heart of conflicts involving contemporary extractive industries like hydropower development. For Mapuche communities, territorial defense today involves intercultural knowledge production for mapmaking, court cases, and interdisciplinary water studies. In this presentation, Kelly will discuss the methodological and institutional elements of the research that support the self determination of the Mapuche-Williche Pueblo.
Dr. Sarah Kelly is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Dartmouth College in the Department of Anthropology and at the Centro de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada del Riesgo de Desastres in Santiago de Chile. She is a water-energy geographer and political ecologist. For the last seven years, she has investigated water-related vulnerabilities and energy conflicts through intercultural research collaborations guided by Mapuche-Williche ancestral leaders and communities in southern Chile. Her work has been published in journals including Environment and Planning E, Political Geography, and Energy Research and Social Science.