Bruno Ubiali is a 2022 Halperin Memorial Fund recipient from the Society for Economic Anthropology for his proposed research "Present but Invisible: Revealing Perceptions of Forest Products in the Eastern Amazon". The award will pay for predissertation research and for him to present his work at the 2023 SEA conference.
Abstract: The ongoing expansion of government-sponsored logging and cattle ranching in the Brazilian Amazon collides with Indigenous communities that pursue forest-based livelihoods. This predissertation research aims at understanding Indigenous and large-scale farmers’ cultural notions of land, which will contribute to revealing the cultural and social values of forest-based livelihoods and industrial agriculture in the Amazon and elsewhere. I will undertake this predissertation research in Santarém, Brazil, where Indigenous livelihoods and corporate interests currently are – and have historically been – in stark contrast. I will meet academic partners, establish relationships with communities, and collect data that will inform my dissertation research design.
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