Ana Eugenia Smith Aguilar

Ana Eugenia Smith

International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

Master Student

Field of Activity

Project: "Changes in the symbolic representations of landscapes in San Juan Quiahije, Oaxaca"

Email anasmith@comunidad.unam.mx

Currently

Master student in Geography, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

2013

Undergraduate degree in History, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Thesis: Geographical contents in mexican periodic publications between1848-1862

2007-2009

Research activities in the project: Geography and Natural History; Towards a comparative History. Case studies from Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica and Paraguay.

"Changes in the symbolic representations of landscapes in San Juan Quiahije, Oaxaca"


Supervisors: Dr. Federico Fernández Christlieb (UNAM), Dr. Emiliana Cruz (UMASS)


Main Objective

  • Analyse the landscapes currently present in the jurisdiction of San Juan Quiahije, Oaxaca, through the memories brought by the act of walking the landscape.

Specific objectives

  • Characterise the landscape produced by the spatial practises of the chatino community and the logic of spatial representation that sacred ethno-territoriality is based on.

  • Characterise the landscape produced by the logic of spatial representation of Capitalism sustained through the State Apparatus which works within the community’s administrative and political structures.

  • Analyse the interaction dynamics of these two landscapes produced by different spatial logics, which are currently struggling.

  • Assess the impact of this struggle between spatial logics in the cultural and social changes happening in San Juan Quiahije.

I intend to study the spatial dimension of cultural change in the jurisdiction of San Juan Quiahije, Oaxaca, through the analysis of landscapes and the logic of spatial representation that they enclose. Until de 1970’s San Juan Quiahije was apparently a geographically isolated indigenous community. After the introduction of some basic means of communication a fast process of spatial transformations developed, accelerating cultural change.

The change, destruction and creation of places have accelerated in the last 40 years. They come together with schemes of development planned by the government and private sector, but put into practice and a lot of times financed by the community. The constant destruction and construction of places changes the way the community relates to its territory and the identity processes that develop through dwelling. As several geographers have noted, accelerated corogenetic processes are a characteristic of capitalism and globalization. David Harvey states that, modernization entails, the perpetual disruption of temporal and spatial rhythms; the production of new meanings for space and time in a world of ephemerality and fragmentation.(Harvey, 1989, p. 216) I think it’s necessary to study this spatial dimension of cultural change in order for a better understanding of the production of space in our global world.

This project is based on and inspired by the project Chatino Place Names and Local Knowledge: Language Description and Multimedia Documentary Corpus (National Science Foundation) directed by PhD. Emiliana Cruz.

(2014), “Narrar la naturaleza. Relación entre geografía, historia natural y literatura en el romanticismo mexicano.” in Historicas. Boletín del Instituto de Investigaciónes Históricas, UNAM, Vol.100, Pag.41-65.

(2009), with Vega y Ortega Báez, Rodrigo Antonio “Nuevos lectores de Historia Natural. Las revistas literarias de México en la década de 1840.” in Lértora Mendoza, Celina A. (coord.), Geonaturalia. Geografía e Historia Natural: hacia una historia comparada. Estudio a través de Argentina, México, Costa Rica y Paraguay. Buenos Aires, Ediciones F.E.I.P.A.I.

(2007) with Azuela, Luz Fernanda y Sabás, Ana Lilia “La Geografía y la Historia Natural en las revistas literarias de la primera mitad del siglo XIX”, in Lértora Mendoza, Celina A. (Coord.) Geonaturalia. Geografía e Historia Natural: hacia una historia comparada. Estudio a través de Argentida, México, Costa Rica y Paraguay. Buenos Aires, Ediciones F.E.P.A.I. 2007 pp. 55-88.

(2007) “Entre el territorio perdido y los recursos naturales desamortizados: La Geografía y la Historia Natural en las publicaciones de 1848 a 1862.” in Lértora Mendoza, Celina A. (coord.), Geonaturalia. Geografía e Historia Natural: hacia una historia comparada. Estudio a través de Argentina, México, Costa Rica y Paraguay. Buenos Aires, Ediciones F.E.I.P.A.I., 2007 pp. 137-150