South American scholars and activists have proposed buen vivir and post-extractivism as utopian paradigms of alternative nature/society relationships rooted in indigenous knowledges. This talk reassesses and modifies these abstract concepts, proposing the idea of Buen sobrevivir, or “good survival”, as a radical, prefigurative politics grown out of communitarian feminist, post-extractivist praxis by Lenca women and their networks in Honduras.
Benjamin Fash is an artist and PhD Candidate at Clark University. His activist research with social movements is concerned with colonialist resource extraction and experiments with alternative economies, primarily in Honduras. He is co-director of the documentary Por la Vida, celebrating Lenca women’s communitarian feminist practices. He is also co-founder of Cine Bolomchon, a community-based film production and exhibition collective.