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Undermined trust: The creation of a ‘lithium frontier’ in the Atacama Desert

Undermined trust: The creation of a ‘lithium frontier’ in the Atacama Desert

Date: Mon. 11 Feb, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Latin American Studies Program would like to invite you to a guest lecture titled

Undermined trust:

The creation of a ‘lithium frontier’ in the Atacama Desert

by Hernán Bianchi Beguria

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Abstract of Presentation
A video-essay on lithium in the Atacama Desert, expanded with some of Beguria's more recent work on the issue.

About the Presenter
Hernán Bianchi is a PhD in Human Georgraphy student at the University of Toronto; he has an Architect and Master's Degree in Urban Development from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; a Master in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology from the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and was a Canada Program Research Fellow at the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Hernán has been recently collaborating in OPSYS Landscape Infrastructure Lab with Dr. Pierre Bélanger in a series of publications on landcape urbanism, territory and colonialism; as well as in the Canadian EXTRACTION exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Hernán has experience in urban and environmental planning for both the private and public sectors in Chile, having served in Chile's Ministry of Land as Head of the Territorial Studies Department and Coordinator for the creation and reconfiguration of numerous official protected areas, including four National Parks and Reserves.

Currently at UofT's Department of Georgraphy and Planning, Hernán is looking at how the environmental challenges of climate change and urban life improvement are faced through the mobilization of technological fixes; specifically, on global plans to provide electric transportation and energy storage solutions at multiple scales, which will result in an explosive increase of lithium-ion battery production. In this scenario and aiming close to the gap between scientific positivism and territorial footprint, his research focuses on the social and environmental implications of resource extraction, such as territorial dispossession and water inequality.

Please note: there is a limited capacity for this lecture, as it is part of the GGR 341 class taught by Professor Abizaid.

Event Registration

Registration Start: Wed. 6 Feb, 2019
Registration End: Sun. 10 Feb, 2019