Call for papers for issue of FLACSO journal on extractivism edited by researchers of the Juridification of Resource Conflicts project

Thursday 17 December 2020
In December 2020, the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Ecuador (FLACSO Ecuador) issued  a call for articles on the juridification of mining extractivism in Latin America for the January 2022 edition of the ICONOS journal . Dr Ainhoa Montoya, Dr Rachel Sieder and Dr Yacotzin Bravo Espinoza of the Juridification of Resource Conflicts project will edit this 72nd edition of ICONOS. The issue will focus on the diverse uses of the law in the context of conflicts over subsoil resource extraction.

ILAS welcomes Dr Rupert Knox

Wednesday 4 March 2020
Dr Rupert Knox has joined ILAS as a research assistant in the British Academy-funded research project The Juridification of Resource Conflicts. Among other things, he will be working with Dr Ainhoa Montoya, Dr Rachel Sieder and Dr Yacotzin Bravo on the further development and updating of a repository of legal actions and documents for human rights lawyers and human rights defenders. For more details about this resource, visit

Publication on water epistemologies and ontologies co-authored by Dr Rachel Sieder

Sunday 28 July 2019
Rachel Sieder published an article with Lieselotte Vaiene in Prensa Comunitaria, about Maya q’eqchi’ epistemologies and ontologies of water in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, a region of the country severely affected by mining and hydroelectric projects

Rachel Sieder has published the Routledge Handbook of Law and Society in Latin America (coedited with Karina Ansolabehere and Tatiana Alfonso)

Sunday 28 July 2019
The Routledge Handbook of Law and Society in Latin America presents cutting-edge analysis of the central theoretical and applied areas of enquiry in socio-legal studies in the region by leading figures in the study of law and society from Latin America, North America and Europe. Contributors argue that scholarship about Latin America has made vital contributions to longstanding and emerging theoretical and methodological debates on the relationship between law and society. Key topics examined include: The gap between law-on-the-books and law in action

The Legal Cultures of the Subsoil - Database Launch

Monday 10 June 2019
ILAS lecturer, Ainhoa Montoya , has recently launched the 'Legal Cultures of the Subsoil' database , an online resource which compiles legal actions and documentation (artefacts) devised in the context of mining conflicts.

Dr Yacotzin Bravo joins research team

Monday 3 June 2019
Dr Yacotzin Bravo, who obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology and her BA in Law from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico, will conduct research in Tlapa de Comonfort and San Miguel El Progreso, Guerrero (Mexico). She will work with organisations of lawyers and local indigenous populations who oppose the mining project “Corazón de Tinieblas/Reducción norte de Corazón de Tinieblas”. To find out more about Dr Yacotzin Bravo’s research interests, you can check out her bio .

ILAS Fellow, Kathryn Santner, awarded Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellowship at John Carter Brown Library

Tuesday 26 March 2019
Congratulations to ILAS Fellow, Kathryn Santner , who has been awarded a Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellowship on behalf of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.  Kathryn will complete a two-month residential fellowship from September 2019 to pursue her research project on "Transpacific Sisters: Art and the Lived Religion of Monastic Women in the Spanish Pacific".

'The Fieldwork Playlist', Suomen Antropologi Special Section, co-edited by ILAS' William Tantam, available online

Monday 11 February 2019
'The Fieldwork Playlist', a Special Section within the current issue of  Suomen Antropologi , the Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, is now available through open access .  The section, co-edited by ILAS Fellow, William Tantam, explores 'the largely understudied potential of music in understanding the interpersonal aspects of practising anthropology." (Volume 43, Issue 2, Summer 2018, Editor's Note).