Interculturality and environment

Introduction

Our society is confronted with the need to achieve coexistence between human groups of different cultural backgrounds. The various environmental social conflicts should be viewed in the light of different approaches to social life problems, that is, taking into account cultural differences.

In this context, the Interculturality and Environment research group seeks to promote interdisciplinary research, learning and dissemination around the ways in which indigenous societies and local communities produce and exchange knowledge, relate to the environment and to other populations. It also has the purpose to contribute to generate citizen awareness and proposals to improve relations with the State and society at large through an intercultural perspective.

Objectives:

  • To promote interdisciplinary research on the ways in which indigenous societies and local communities produce knowledge, as well as on the obstacles that hamper true intercultural dialogue of knowledge.
  • To contribute to generating citizen awareness around cultural and environmental rights in a dialogical perspective between different forms of knowledge.
  • To promote the participation of students in different research or social responsibility activities in indigenous societies and local communities, and in rural and urban environments of different cultural traditions.

Lines of research:

  • The epistemological dimension of intercultural conflicts in relation to the environment in the Amazonian and Andean worlds.
  • The ways in which indigenous societies and local communities produce knowledge, as well as exchanges and dialogues with other forms of knowledge.
  • Ethno-biology as a form of knowledge about the nature of Amazonian and Andean societies.
  • The generation of citizens’ awareness of cultural and environmental rights, favoring professional education that promotes a healthy environment and sustainable development through an intercultural perspective.
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