Lecture: Bjørn Sletto
Duty to Map: Insurgent Cartographies and the Struggle for Rights and Resources
Bjørn Sletto is associate professor in the Community and Regional Planning (CRP) Program and Coordinator of the Dual Degree Program in CRP and Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on indigenous land rights, social justice, and environmental planning in Latin America. During the past decade and a half, he has lived and worked in indigenous villages and border cities in Venezuela, investigating environmental conflicts and land rights struggles and conducting participatory mapping projects with the Pemon in the Gran Sabana and Yukpa in the Sierra de Perija. As the director of the Institute of Latin American Studies’ (LLILAS) Research Initiative on Participatory Mapping, Bjørn works closely with partner institutions in South America to further international scholarship on participatory mapping, representational politics and social justice in vulnerable communities.