Moving Mountains: Disaster, Memory, Urbanization, and the Geological Imagination after Landslides in the Andes


'Moving Mountains' interrogates the cultural history of urban landslides in the Andes, particularly in Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela. Situated at the intersections of disaster heritage and the environmental humanities, the research is animated by a series of initial provocations: What happens to towns and cities that are destroyed by landslides? How do their communities survive after the event of their destruction? Who determines the forms and the lifespans of their afterlives? In exploring these questions, I seek to analyse the role played by cultural production in strategies of survival and resilience. This work also sets out to elucidate how landslides are bound up with the uneven processes of urban development, especially in situations of armed conflict. Parts of this research have been sponsored by AHRC Language Acts, the British Council and the Newton Fund.

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