Intersectionality, Kimberlé Crenshaw reminds us , is a strategy to name problems for which we don’t have frames of representation. Intersectionality prompts both recognizing the ways in which social life is structured and divided by multiple forces (e.g., sexism, racism, classism) and creating alternative narratives to communicate the stories and struggles of racialized and gendered bodies. In this panel, we combine the analytical and action-oriented contributions of intersectionality with recent attention to embodied indigeneity, e.g., how corporeal experiences come to define the boundaries between indigeneity and non-indigeneity (Radcliffe 2015), to highlight the frames of representation that Waorani women in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Afro-Colombian women in Caribbean Colombia struggle to make evident vis-à- vis state-sanctioned extractive practices and post-neoliberal agendas. These women emphasize private spaces and spiritual and material reproduction, along with organizational collectives, as the multi-sited “corpo-realities” through which to counter the coloniality of representational violence and genocide that accompanies generalized resource extraction. Through collaborative and co-laboring practices, we focus on how women draw on cartographic and geographic imaginaries to represent their knowledges and claims over space, and how they narrate alternative stories of being-in- place, through personhood, bodies, and socionatural relations.


  • Eloisa Berman Arevalo (Geography, UNC Chapel Hill)
  • Kati Alvarez (History, FLACSO-Ecuador)
  • Alicia Cahuiya (Nacionalidad Waorani del Ecuador, NAWE)
  • Dayuma Albán (Anthropology, UNC Chapel Hill)
  • Gabriela Valdivia (Geography, UNC Chapel Hill, panel facilitator/chair)