Author Archives: Ángela Castillo-Ardila

Ángela Castillo-Ardila. Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology Department at UC Berkeley and a Fulbright Fellow. Ángela studies practices of territorial, water, and life defense in Colombia in the context of contemporary extractive disputes, focusing on emergent political subjects,
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Counting on Montane Birds: Biologists, Verticality, and Territorial Defense in Colombia

This piece is about the unforeseen and sometimes overlooked connection between (i) birds living in the forests of Colombia’s high tropical Andes, (ii) local biologists supporting an anti-mining coalition by conducting an alternative baseline study, and (iii) the undertheorized production of upward vertical territories. (read more...)