3Cs was honored to participate in theEncuentro de Geografías Críticas y Autónomas [Critical and Autonomous Geographies Encounter] in Ecuador earlier this year. There we were introduced to a vibrant autonomous geography and cartography movement from across Latin America.
We were hosted by the Critical Geography Collective of Ecuador, which has produced an impressive range of maps with different social movements across Ecuador (related to mining, indigenous land struggles, violence against women, and many other crucial struggles) and a number of pamphlets on critical geography and mapping. (For more about the Collective in English, see their entry in This Is Not An Atlas).
3Cs participated in the Encounter of Critical and Autonomous Geographies of Latin America in Ecuador earlier this month where we had the immense pleasure of meeting and learning from other geography and counter-mapping collectives from across the continent. We’ll share more about the encuentro soon, but first we share the collectively written statement that came out of the meeting and that was read in the Encounter of Latin American Geographers in Quito on April 12 (español abajo).
We recognize Latin America as a geography that has been and that continues to be marked by material, epistemological, cultural, symbolic, and gendered coloniality, which continually dispossess peoples of their territories, knowledges, and feelings; and that has impacted our way of understanding our living spaces.
As critical and autonomous collectives that are
building plural geographies from and in solidarity with Latin
America, in the current context of the advance of racism, fascism,
neoliberal capitalism, sexism, and the criminalization of protest,
Theoretical and applied neoliberal geography that
provides the conceptual and technological tools for the
commercialization of education and the dispossession of common goods
Geography that justifies and reinforces the
advance of fascism, xenophobia, and colonialism through geographical
determinism, ethnocentrism, centralism, and methodological