Angela Yesenia Olaya Requene

Angela Yesenia Olaya Requene

Mamolen Dissertation Workshop Alumna 2018
Angela Yesenia

 

Angela Yesenia Olaya Requene is a PhD student in Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. My current research is known as: "Afro-Colombian social movement: dispossessions, forced displacements and  borders" it aims to contribute to the anthropological analysis of the historical of economic, political and racial dynamics that has an impact on  local and international mobility flows, settlement and  economic activity of communities of Afro-Colombian, in the Colombian Pacific region, specifically in the municipality of Tumaco and its border area with Ecuador. Through Multisite Ethnography, the possibilities of permanence and capacity of these communities to sustain local and transnational processes  in changes in space are identified. The changes of space make reference o the phenomena that integrate and dissolve their forms of socio-territorial organization, such as the geographical dynamics of the rivers (floods)  that intervene constantly in the loss of crops and the disappearance of the territories, the dispossession of lands and territories caused by the armed conflict and drug trafficking. In particular, the armed conflict has formed a field of forced migration on a transnational scale the last 50 years . Afro-Colombian communities face the reality of having to move from their places and even their country to safeguard their lives from armed groups. The flows of mobility and forced migration  are developed in highly precarious geographies and with a weak presence of the State, configuring a space that invisibilizes the faces, trajectories and destinies of the migrant population.