Here the winner of the 2012/13 Graduate Student Scholarship, Teo Ballvé (Department of Geography, University of California Berkeley), discusses his doctoral research ‘Territories of Life and Death on a Colombian Frontier’. The Scholarship has been offered since 2000 and provides funds for doctoral students to attend an international conference and cover additional research expenses.
Teo attended the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) meeting in San Francisco, 23-26 May 2012, chairing a session entitled ‘Contando lo narco: Research, methods, and narratives of narco-fueled violence‘ bringing together an international cast of scholars from literary criticism, geography, anthropology, cultural studies, and journalism to explore the violent explosion of Latin America’s drug wars in recent years. He will also be making trips to Washington, DC (where he plans to interview officials from the DEA and the Office of Foreign Assets Control) and New York (to conduct interviews with two key extradited paramilitary commanders, who are in jail facing drug-related charges).
There will be an open access essay summarising ‘Territories of Life and Death on a Colombian Frontier’ in the first issue of Antipode next year (available now online).