CfP: Buen vivir vs. Sumak Kawsay? Theoretical and political challenges of a Latin American approach to Good Life and a closer relationship between community and nature


The 8th International Conference. CEISAL 2016

A Post-Hegemoic Era: Society, Culture and Politics in Latin America

Instituto de Iberoamérica, University of Salamanca
Salamanca, Spain | 28th June - 1st July 2016

Symposium S1.7: Buen vivir vs. Sumak Kawsay? Theoretical and political challenges of a Latin American approach to Good Life and a closer relationship between community and nature

A least since the juridical codification in Ecuador's and Bolivia's constitutions in 2008 and 2009, Buen Vivir/Vivir Bien is both a challenging theoretical approach to development and the good life debate and a concept exploited by various national and international actors in the political field. The intellectual core of Buen Vivir refers to indigenous movements using the concepts Sumak Kawsay (Kichwa) and Suma Qamana (Aymara). At the same time BV is globally discussed as a de-colonial option towards an integrative, pluralistic and multicultural social order. By doing so, Buen Vivir becomes a highly conflictive concept at different levels: Latin-American indigenous movements, the politics of governments especially in Ecuador and Bolivia, but also a transnational discourse between intellectuals, NGO's, political parties and organizations. The panel discusses the connection between theoretical challenges and concrete political conflicts of BV, hence the inter-relations between the intellectual and political dimension of BV. It expresses a particular interest in critical approaches towards the question how to enforce Buen Vivir, i.e. the role of the state, its will to relax environmental regulations, the restricted possibilities of indigenous groups to interfere in case their land is affected.

Deadline for proposals: 30 October 2015

More information: http://ceisal2016.usal.es/en/symposiums