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Mario Blaser | Engaging Resources
New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments

Mario Blaser

Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies
Associate Professor
Department of Archaeology
Memorial University

I come originally from Argentina where I did my undergraduate studies in Anthropology, then moved to Canada and obtained an M.A. (Carleton University) and a Ph.D. (McMaster University). Over the past decade I have been focusing upon a particular “problem space” concerning the intersection between, on the one hand, Indigenous politics, cosmologies and epistemologies and, on the other hand, globalization processes and the extension of modernist assumptions about what constitutes knowledge, a good life, justice and a good government. Since 1991, I have been working on these issues through my involvement with the Yshiro people of Paraguay. Moving to Memorial University in 2009 has provided me with a great opportunity to further develop my research interests in Aboriginal studies and extend them to Labrador where I have started a research project with the Innu-run Tshikapisk Foundation on the ontological encounters that take place when different actors are ‘caring’ for non-humans like caribou.

Selected Publications

2010Storytelling Globalization From the Chaco and Beyond. Durham: Duke
University Press.
2010Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy: Insights for a global age, with Ravi de
Costa, Deborah McGregor and William Coleman (EDS.). Vancouver: UBC
2009“Political Ontology.” Cultural Studies 23 (5-6): 873- 896.
2009“From Progress to Risk: Development, Participation and Post-disciplinary
Techniques of Control” Canadian Journal of Development Studies 28(3-4):
2009“The Threat of the Yrmo: The Political Ontology of a Sustainable Hunting
Program.” American Anthropologist Vol. 111, Issue 1, pp. 10–20.
2008“Indigenous People, Civil Society and the Environment: The Struggle for
Sustainability” in Adolfo de Oliveira, ed. Decolonising Indigenous Rights.
London: Routledge. Pp. 190-210.
2007Bolivia: Los Desafíos Interpretativos De La Coincidencia De Una Doble Crisis
Hegemónica. In Reinventando La Nación En Bolivia: Movimientos Sociales,
Estado y Poscolonialidad. Karin Monasterios, Pablo Stefanoni and Herve Do
Alto, eds. Pp. 11-21. La Paz, Bolivia: CLACSO/Plural Editores. (Bolivia: The Interpretative Challenges of the Coincidence of a Double Hegemonic Crisis. In Reinventing the Nation in Bolivia: Social Movements, State and Postcoloniality).
2005Border Dialogue: An Essay on Enlightened Critique, Witchcraft and the
Politics of Differences. Dialectical Anthropology. Issue 29:239-158.
2004In the Way of Development: Indigenous Peoples, Life Projects and
Globalization, with Harvey Feit, and Glenn McRae (Eds.)London/Ottawa: Zed