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In this talk Dr Marcos Colón will address the relationships and dynamics of medical actions for recently contacted indigenous populations in the Amazon region of Brazil. Focusing on the threats to these communities’ ways of life and death, their concepts of diseases, how they treat the body and spirit, and how they integrate nature into their relationships with health and diseases. Recent governmental actions in Brazil have directly affected the relationship between health and indigenous land, leaving worrisome questions regarding the future of indigenous communities.
This event will take place in Bush House Lecture Theatre 2. All external attendees must register by midday the day before.
About the speaker
Dr Marcos Colón research focuses on Brazilian literary and cultural studies, with a particular emphasis on representations of the Amazon in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Brazilian literature and film. He is currently working on a book- project based on his experiences filming the Amazon. He has produced and directed two documentary films that represent diverse perspectives on humanity’s complex relations with the natural world: Beyond Fordlândia: An Environmental Account of Henry Ford’s Adventure in the Amazon, 2018 and Zo’é, based on his experiences with the Zo’é people, an Amazonian indigenous community that has had little to no contact with the outside world (2018). He is particularly interested in examining a variety of perspectives on the post-rubber era in the Amazon. Colón’s scholarship uses the post-rubber era as a springboard for re-envisioning the region in a “relational” way, challenging hegemonic representations of the tropics in literature and culture. He is the editor and creator of Amazonia Latitude, a digital environmental magazine. He received his Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese Cultural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019.
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