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Lexy Seedhouse

Project title: Be(com)ing Indigenous in the Time of Extraction: (Re)articulating Identities in the Context of Peru’s Ley de Consulta Previa

Supervisors: Prof. Nina Laurie and Prof. Rosaleen Howard

My doctoral project explores the contextual situation; and historical, political, economic and cultural significances within which contemporary extractive projects operate in Peru. Based on two years of fieldwork in Lima, Cuzco and the province of Espinar, I argue that mining and the extractive industries have deeply affected national and regional development in Peru. As such, historical and contemporary analyses of Peruvian indigenous identity formation cannot be understood separately from the extractive industries. Using the recent context of the Ley de Consulta Previa (Law of Prior Consultation) as an analytical frame, I employ a mixed qualitative methodology, including multi-scalar ethnography to interrogate the multiple ways that indigenous identities are being understood, embodied and contested in Peru today.

Research interests

Latin America; language and cultural identity; Quechua language; gender and development; social movements; neoliberalism; the relationships between identity formation and development policy; indigenous development; the extractive industries.

Awards

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) fully-funded PhD (4.5 years), Newcastle University

S.W. Woolridge Memorial Award (King’s College London)

Languages

English, Spanish, Quechua, French

Teaching

I have taught (either lecturing or leading seminars) on the following modules at Newcastle University:

  • GEO8103- Politics of Development and Social Struggle in Latin America (MA)
  • GEO2103- Globalization, Culture and Development
  • GEO2047- Political Geography
  • GEO1010- Interconnected World