Susana Carmona Castillo (S.C.C.)
I am an anthropologist researching in the fields of development anthropology, political ecology, and STS, with a particular interest in mining and the extractive industries in Latin America and the Global South.
I work as a lecturer at UCM, where I have developed the courses Latin America: history politics and cultures, and Extractivism and "under" development in Latin America. I also tutor the courses "Sociological Perspectives", and "Ethnography and qualitative interviewing".
I currently participate in the research project SinHambre of Universidad de Antioquia concerned with food systems and food security among the Wayuu people in Colombia. As for future plans, I am writing a project about Water management technologies and community participation in extractivism contexts, and one about Activist networks against coal extraction between Colombia and Europe.
Professional career history
I have a Phd in Anthropology from Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota Colombia. Dissertation: “Un hueco que camina”: gubernamentalidad y legitimación de una corporación minera. El caso de el Cerrejón en La Guajira, Colombia [“A walking pit”: governmentality and legitimation strategies of a coal-mining corporation. The case of Cerrejón, La Guajira, Colombia.] Research project awarded with the "Colombian Institute for Anthropology and History (ICANH) research funding 2016."
Before working at Maastricht University I worked as a research associate at Ruhr University Bochum. at the Chair of Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge - professor Estrid Sorensen.
I have teach bachelor and graduate courses at Universidad del Rosario, Ruhr University Bochum. and Goethe University Frankfurt.
I have participated of several research projects, including:
- Regimens of economic intervention and expert knowledge. Ranchería River Valley, La Guajira.
- Prior Consultation and participation mechanisms. Spaces of participation of ethnic minorities and other communities in the projects of exploitation of natural resources, infrastructure and development.
- Formulation of a concerted Model of Health Care for the indigenous communities affiliated to Comfama of the Municipality of Frontino - Antioquia.