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Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Adam Burke - Sustainable Futures and Environmental Anthropology in the Galápagos Islands
The Anthropology Department invites you to it's departmental colloquium. Please come hear Dr. Adam Burke, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hawai`i Pacific University, speak on Sustainable Futures and Environmental Anthropology in the Galápagos Islands.

In less than 200 years, the Galápagos Islands have experienced a fast-tracked transformation from an inhospitable archipelago to a glamorous ecotourism hot spot. Waves of extractive industries and the development of conservation and ecotourism have shaped Galapagueño communities. This presentation analyzes Galápagos as an aquapelagic society – wherein residents’ identities and sense of belonging are conditioned by the interconnections in and between aquatic and terrestrial spaces – dealing with rapid ecotourism development and the attendant socioeconomic and eco-cultural consequences. The presentation addresses several issues in the archipelago: Galápagos’ apparent land-sea binary, path dependency on ecotourism, economic leakage, and ways ecotourism practices dissociate Galapagueños from marine spaces. Several ways forward are then presented to account for how social actors may pursue long- and short- term objectives to reinforce Galápagos’ future as one that promotes socially and environmentally responsible development.

Bio: Dr. Burke was born and raised on O’ahu and went away to complete his graduate studies in Social Anthropology at the Univ. of Cape Town (South Africa). He returned to Hawai’i and currently serves as Asst. Prof. of Anthropology/Sustainability at Hawaii Pacific University. His research focuses on issues of sustainability, performativity and precarity in the Galápagos Islands (Ecuador). His research has analyzed Galápagos' fishing and eco-tourism sectors. He is currently investigating sustainable tourism futures related to food security and food sovereignty.

Apr 1, 2021 03:00 PM in Hawaii

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