A decolonial Political Ecology of the Global South: connecting Latin American and African International Political Economy of mining

Dr. Isabella Lamas

With its critical strength, Latin American decolonial Political Ecology has been an innovative paradigm for the interpretive analysis of political and social insurgencies. As Hector Alimonda affirmed, due to the structural marks of the permanent coloniality of the region, Latin American Political Ecology has its own dynamics that differentiates it from other international currents. But this persistence of various facets of coloniality is characteristic not only of Latin America but also of other contexts of the Global South, particularly of the African continent, which has a more recent history of liberation from political colonialism. While decolonial studies and Political Ecology are still underdeveloped in Latin America, in the African continent their reach is even more limited. Therefore, this proposal aims to strengthen the critical and decolonial dialogue of Political Ecology from the Global South. From empirical data of 67 interviews about socio-environmental conflicts in mining megaprojects in Brazil and Mozambique, this research reveals how in both cases the persistence of coloniality conditions not only the form of insertion of these host states into contemporary International Political Economy, but also the formation of a promising transnational resistance network.