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My research examines struggles around indigeneity, territory and the politics of resource extraction in Latin America. This work is grounded in a decade and a half of engaged ethnographic research in sites of hydrocarbon extraction in Bolivia’s Chaco region.
At the heart of my approach is a commitment to centring the voices of colonised peoples, not only as sources of empirical knowledge but as producers of geographical theory. This has led me to methodological experimentation, combining long-term ethnography with participatory, counter-mapping and, most recently, audio-visual methods.
My work is theoretically heterodox and interdisciplinary, drawing inspiration from anti-colonial, Marxist and Foucaultian traditions to offer an empirically-grounded account of how colonial relations are reproduced and contested at resource frontiers. To this end, I have engaged debates in political ecology, settler colonial studies, legal geography and anthropology of development, among others.
My first book, Limits to Decolonization, examines the dynamics and legacies of Bolivia’s Native Community Lands (TCOs), indigenous territories created during the "neoliberal" 1990s, which came to play a central role in resource politics under the government of Evo Morales. It was awarded the 2019 APSA Award for Best Book in Race, Ethnicity and Comparative Politics and featured in this 2019 Human Geography book review forum. A Spanish translation of the book (Plural Editores, 2022) is available here.
I am currently researching and making a documentary on women-led resistance to hydrocarbon development in Tariquia National Reserve of Flora and Fauna, part of a new wave of extraction and socio-environmental conflict in Bolivia's protected areas.
Alongside my position at Durham, I am Assistant Professor (0.5) at the Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, which I am a member of the research project "LEAKS: Extractive enclaves and unintended flows in Latin America".
Before joining Durham in 2018, I held research positions at the University of Copenhagen and the University of California, Berkeley, as Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow. I completed my PhD in Geography at the University of Cambridge in 2014.
I welcome expressions of interest from prospective PhD students, particularly those with research interests in (post)colonial geographies and/or land and resource politics.
PhD students (completed)
- Anthias, Penelope (2022). Límites a la descolonización: Territorios indígenas y política de hidrocarburos en el Chaco boliviano. Plural Editores (La Paz).
- Anthias, P. (2018). Limits to Decolonization: Indigeneity, Territory, and Hydrocarbon Politics in the Bolivian Chaco. Cornell University Press.
- Anthias, Penelope (2021). Dangl, Benjamin (2019) The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia, AK Press (Chico, CA and Edinburgh), xi + 215 pp. $18.00 pbk. Bulletin of Latin American Research 40(1): 156.
- Anthias, Penelope & Postero, Nancy (2015). Derrick Hindery, From Enron to Evo: Pipeline Politics, Global Environmentalism, and Indigenous Rights in Bolivia (Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2013), pp. xxiii + 302, $55.00, hb. Journal of Latin American Studies 47(01): 203.
- Anthias, P. (2014). Steve Ellner (ed), Latin America’s Radical Left: Challenges and Complexities of Political Power in the Twenty-first Century, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. Antipode
- Anthias, Penelope (2013). Starting from Quirpini: The Travels and Places of a Bolivian People - by Rockefeller, Stuart A. Bulletin of Latin American Research 32(4): 511.
- (2012). Nicole Fabricant and Bret Gustafson, eds., Remapping Bolivia: Resources, Territory, and Indigeneity in a Plurinational State (Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2011), viii, 251 pp. ISBN 978-1-934691-51-9. Social Analysis 56(3).
Chapter in book
- Anthias, Penelope (2012). Territorializing Resource Conflicts in “Post-Neoliberal” Bolivia: Hydrocarbon Development and Indigenous Land Titling in TCO Itika Guasu. In New Political Spaces in Latin American Natural Resource Governance. Haarstad, H. Palgrave MacMillan. 129-153.
- Anthias, P. (2012). Regulación ambiental de los hidrocarburs en el Campo Margarita, Tarija. In Jamás Tan Cerca Arremetió lo Lejos: Inversiones Extraterritoriales, Crisis Ambiental, y Acción Colectiva en América Latina. Peralta, P. & Hollenstein, P. Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Rimisp, Ediciones La Tierra. 51-88.
- Anthias, Penelope (2022). The Pluri-Extractivist State: Regional Autonomy and the Limits of Indigenous Participation in Gran Chaco Province. Journal of Latin American Studies 54(1): 125-154.
- Anthias, Penelope & Hoffmann, Kasper (2021). The making of ethnic territories: Governmentality and counter-conducts. Geoforum 119: 218.
- Anthias, Penelope (2021). Rethinking territory and property in indigenous land claims. Geoforum 119: 268-278.
- Anthias, P. (2019). Ambivalent cartographies: exploring the legacies of indigenous land titling through participatory mapping. Critique of Anthropology 39(2): 222-242.
- Anthias, Penelope (2017). Ch’ixi landscapes: Indigeneity and capitalism in the Bolivian Chaco. Geoforum 82: 268.
- Anthias, Penelope (2018). Indigenous Peoples and the New Extraction: From Territorial Rights to Hydrocarbon Citizenship in the Bolivian Chaco. Latin American Perspectives 45(5): 136.
- Anthias, Penelope & Radcliffe, Sarah A. (2015). The ethno-environmental fix and its limits: Indigenous land titling and the production of not-quite-neoliberal natures in Bolivia. Geoforum 64: 257.
- Anthias, Penelope (2016). Indigenous autonomy in the age of extraction. North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA)
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Anthias, Penelope (direction and production) (2022). TARIQUÍA NO SE TOCA! La resistencia de Chiquiacá.