COVID-19: Bodies lie on the streets of Guayaquil

April 4, 2020

COVID-19 is impacting nations around the globe. Governments’ policies to prevent the spread of the virus are challenged while the number of deaths and contagions increases every day at a fast pace. In Latin America, Ecuador has become the epicenter of COVID-19, and the country is suffering a devastating reality; families are unable to bury their relatives, and even worse, some have to remain with the corpses for more than 48 hours due to the collapse of the public services.

'Venephobia' in Ecuador and throughout Latin America

February 5, 2019

Following the very public femicide of a pregnant Ecuadorian woman by her partner, a Venezuelan immigrant, violent protests have erupted among Ecuadorian citizens who are demanding a crackdown on immigration from Venezuela. After the start of the protests, Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno announced that new measures would be considered to limit immigration and that security forces would be deployed to monitor Venezuelan immigrants. These public reactions to the murder, and Moreno’s response, have been harshly criticized by those who view them as xenophobic against innocent Venezuelans.

Imaginando héroes y ciudadanos: Identidades y alteridades nacionales en el Ecuador

August 17, 2018
¿A quiénes precisamente se refiere una persona cuando afirma que los ecuatorianos (o ya sea, cualquier otra nacionalidad) somos así o asá, nombrando una condición que, por un lado, compartirían los ecuatorianos y, por otro, supuestamente los diferenciarían de otras identidades nacionales? En afirmaciones de identidad nacional, se ponen en juego pertenencia y exclusión a partir de la negociación de la identidad y la alteridad, la interacción entre lo que decimos y los otros dicen qué somos y qué no somos.

Sumak Kawsay as an element of local decolonization in Ecuador

June 18, 2018

Buen Vivir has become a hot topic in the last years. It is present not only in research, but also in politics from local to global levels including the most visible platforms. This could be one explanation for the considerable vagueness and emptiness of the concept - it went through a chain of translations that marginalized the original contents and replaced them with contents deemed relevant by the translators themselves. Therefore, Buen Vivir appears as a proposal of ecologism or post-development related somehow to indigenous peoples.


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