Environment

A Section of the Latin American Studies Association

Section Annual Minutes

Report of Minutes - LASA Virtual 2020

Environment Section Annual Business Meeting

07:00 pm – 08:45 pm, Thursday May 14, 2020

Co-Chairs: Maria Alessandra Woolson and Lidia Ivonne Blasquez Martínez

Facilitator: Maria Alessandra and Lidia

OLD BUSINESS

Discussion of section’s Pre-LASA Guadalajara Excursion and Networking Reception.

Unlike previous congresses, LASA 2020 was faced with exceptional circumstances that meant the cancellation of the field-trip and networking reception. Initial organizing phases for these events had been the work of Marcela López Vallejo, a resident of Guadalajara. For the first time in recent congresses, the section had planned these activities in conjunction with another LASA section –the FARS section–. We hope that a similar collaboration can take place for both the section’s next field trip and reception during the LASA 2021 Hybrid Congress in Vancouver: Crisis Global, Desigualdades y Centralidad de la Vida. The details and context will be addressed once more information becomes available. There were no expenses associated with these activities and no vote was necessary.

Voted in 2019 at the general business meeting in Boston was the decision to maintain the scholarships support for Latin American scholars to travel to Guadalajara for LASA 2020. The 2019-2020 Scholarship committee members were Gabriela Muñoz Meléndez, Catherine Tucker and Isabella Alcaniz. Due to the virtual nature of the Congress and the voluntary donation structure that LASA employed for the registration, no scholarships were awarded for congress attendance.

NEW BUSINESS

SECTION MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE AT BUSINESS MEETING

• María Alessandra Woolson Universidad de Vermont

• Lidia Blásquez Martínez UAM, México

• Marcela López-Vallejo CIDE México

  1. Proposal was put to the floor to call for a Second Business Meeting prior to September and invite section members to attend. Proposal passed unanimously. No Board members attended the conference or the business meeting.
  2. Regarding the renewal of the section's Board of Directors, and following the guidelines established by LASA, no elections were held at this year’s business meeting because there was limited attendance and no new nomination for vacant positions.
  3. Proposal was put to the floor to reopen elections to renew the board of directors’ vacant positions in an early September’s Zoom meeting. An email was sent to all members in July inviting the community to present their applications for the vacant positions on the board of directors of our section. A second notification will be sent in August.
  4. Proposal was put to the floor to continue the Scholarship Committee and improve the notification timing of the scholarship model to support section members to travel to Vancouver and attend LASA Congress 2021. Scholarships 2021 was discussed to again earmark support for Latin American Scholars and one graduate student to attend the meeting. A committee will be organized during the next online business meeting. It will be led by Isabella Alcaniz who has graciously accepted the task. Other members from the Board of Directors will assist her, similarly to what was proposed for last year, and include two co-chairs and general members. Passed unanimously.
  5. No new Co-Chair. Due to limited attendance of the business meeting, the section will maintain the current co-chairs: Maria Alessandra Woolson, Senior co-chair (based at a U.S. institution) and Lidia Blásquez Martínez, Junior co-Chair (based at a Mexican institution). Marcela López Vallejo will once again organize the field trip and the conference reception, and has agreed to become a member of the Board of Directors. Passed unanimously.
  6. Vote to maintain Mesa Directiva or Board of Directors for the section, in order to further increase the institutional memory, and to help distribute the tasks that would otherwise assigned solely to the chairs. Tasks discussed and maintained from previous year include: 1. Communications of special topics to members, 2. Enhance digital presence of section with photographs of field trips and future events, 3. Expand website and include new publications from members and other member-related information, 4. Support scholarship committee, 5. Support other unexpected networking opportunities for members, 6 Support social media presence. Passed Unanimously.
  7. Adjourned meeting.
  8. Board members were invited to attend a second board meeting on July 23rd, 2020. In attendance were Maria Alessandra Woolson, Lidia Blásquez Martínez, Marcela López Vallejo, Isabella Alcaniz, and Gabriela Muñoz Meléndez. Members that could not be in attendance but that have confirmed their interest in maintaining their position on the board include: Catherine Tucker, University of Florida; 4. Claudia Horn, University of London; 5. Miriam Melton-Villanueva, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  9. Following the Board meeting on July 23rd 2020, the section held a section’s meeting. All members were invited. Tasks described in item 6 were discussed, and the following was added: 7. organize a webinar calendar with two webinar events in fall 2020 and two webinar events in spring 2021. A call for volunteers was presented. Section members that have decided to collaborate with the webinars and the social media presence include: Elena Elena Álvarez/ Consultant N.Y. & Universidad San Martín de Porres, Linda Etchart/ Kingston University London, Eve Bratman/ Franklin and Marshall College. The following committees were formed:
  • Social Media committee: Isabella, Elena Alvarez, Linda and Lidia.
  • Website committee: Maria Alessandra and Marcela.
  • Webinar committee: Catherine, Maria Alessandra, Elena and Eve.

10. Adjourned meeting.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL 2020-2021

• María Alessandra Woolson, Senior Co-Chair Universidad de Vermont

• Lidia Blásquez Martínez, Junior Co-Chair UAM, México

• Marcela López-Vallejo, Board member, Field trip and reception organizer CIDE México

• Isabella Alcaniz, Board member, Scholarship committee University of Maryland

• Miriam Melton-Villanueva University of Nevada, Las Vegas

• Catherine Tucker Universidad de Florida

• Gabriela Muñoz Meléndez COLEF- México

• Claudia Horn University of London C.

Report by Maria Alessandra Woolson

Report of Minutes

LASA Boston 2019

Environment Section Annual Business Meeting

10:45am – 12:15 pm, Saturday May 25, 2019 in SB-Jefferson

Chairs: Miriam Melton-Villanueva and Maria Alessandra Woolson

Facilitator: Miriam and Maria Alessandra

OLD BUSINESS

Section Pre-LASA Excursion to Boston Harbor and Sustainable Fisheries Discussed. Like in LASA 2018, it was considered a great success. Applause to organizer, Maria Alessandra. An excellent opportunity to hear current leadership organizations working in sustainability of food systems in New England, whose reach is both local (New England-Boston area) and Latin American. Hosts: NorthWest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and Red’s Best Sustainable Fishing Aggregation and Distribution center. Guests presenters: Tom Kelly from Food Solutions New England (FSNE) and Saulo Araujo US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA). It was discussed that a donation in the amount of $250.00 to USFSA would be representative of the time and work that Niaz Dory put into organizing this event (she is affiliated with NAMA, FSNE and USFSA and explained that the most appropriate group to be the recipient of any moneys from LASA should be USFSA because it directly impacts the Latin American women’s groups presently working in food system resilience). All present agreed and voted in favor. The $250.00 amount was chosen based on the general fund money previously allocated for scholarships and not collected by scholarship recipients, due to their decision to not attend the conference. Passed unanimously.

Voted in 2018 at general meeting in Barcelona to give scholarships to support Latin American scholars to travel to Boston for LASA.

  • 2019 Scholarship committee members: Members: Pablo Toral; Marcela López-Vallejo; Isabella Alcaniz; and José Manuel Leal.

2019 Scholarship recipients of $240.00 each to assist in the attendance of the XXXVII Congress of the Latin American Studies Association: Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion, to take place in Boston, MA, in May 2019.  

-Gabriela Muñoz Meléndez ( COLEF- México)

-Vladmir R Gil Ramon (PUCP- Peru)

-María Gabriela Merlinsky (Universidad de Buenos Aires- Argentina)

-Armando García Chang (UAM, México)

-Lidia Ivonne Blasquez Martínez (UAM, México)

  • Acceptance of 2019 Scholarship in the amount of $240.00 each:

-Gabriela Muñoz Meléndez ( COLEF- México)

-Armando García Chang (UAM, México)

-Lidia Ivonne Blasquez Martínez (UAM, México)

NEW BUSINESS

SECTION MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE AT BUSINESS MEETING:  

• Miriam Melton-Villanueva University of Nevada, Las Vegas

• María Alessandra Woolson Universidad de Vermont

• Lidia Blásquez Martinez, UAM- México

• Isabella Alcaniz University of Maryland

• Corinne Valdivia University of Missouri

• Ricardo Rivas Rivas

• Armando García Chang UAM, México

• Maria Belesis Ecoaméricas, Business Manager

• Marcela López-Vallejo CIDE México

• Catherine Tucker Universidad de Florida

• Gabriela Muñoz Meléndez COLEF- México

• Carla Granados Moya GEO Respect, applied geomorphology

• Machal Rajchl GEO Respect, applied geomorphology

• Claudia Horn BRICS Policy Center & London School of Economics

  1. Proposal was put to the floor to have a volunteer organize the Guadalajara Pre-LASA excursion for our section to attend. Discussion. Guadalajara scholar Marcela López Vallejo offered to organize field trip with local grass-roots organizations. Proposal passed unanimously
  2. Proposal was put to the floor to continue the scholarship committee and scholarship model to support section members to travel to Guadalajara and attend LASA Congress 2020. Scholarships 2020 discussed. Committee will be organized before September 1st from members of the Mesa Directiva and will include two co-chairs and general members (see Mesa directiva newly elected members below). Discussion to again earmark support for Latin American Scholars to attend the meeting. In this case, to Guadalajara. Passed unanimously.
  3. Vote for new Chair. Discussion. Miriam transitioning out of leadership after one year of support training Maria Alessandra and retaining institutional memory. Maria Alessandra becomes Senior co-chair (she is based at a U.S. institution) and Lidia Blásquez Martínez (she is based in a Mexican institution) will become junior co-Chair. Maria Alessandra and Marcela López Vallejo will support Lidia. Passed unanimously.
  4. Vote to institute a Mesa Directiva for the section, a Board of Directors, in order to further increase the institutional memory, and to help distribute the tasks of the chairs. Tasks discussed and include: communications of special topics to members, create a digital presence with photographs of field trips, expand website, support scholarship committee, support other unexpected opportunity for members. A call for volunteers among junior faculty to help the section for the next few years, in addition to senior members elicited 6 names: 1. Isabella Alcaniz/University of Maryland; 2. Corinne Valdivia, University of Missouri; 3. Catherine Tucker, Universidad de Florida; 4. Claudia Horn; 5. Miriam Melton-Villanueva, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; 6. Gabriela Muñoz Meléndez COLEF- México. Vote. Passed Unanimously.
  5. Adjourned meeting, and went together to dinner downtown.

Report by Maria Alessandra Woolson

Emerging research workshop Participants, who Signed Environmental Section Sheet for Research Connections, Boston 2019

• Miriam Melton-Villanueva University of Nevada, Las Vegas Maguey economics early 19th c. Toluca, central Mexico Nahua communities

• María Alessandra Woolson Universidad de Vermont Intersections of Politiocal Ecology and the Humanities Biocultural Diversity, Easter Island (Chile) Climate Crisis

• Isabella Alcaniz University of Maryland Climate disaster policy Deforestation

• Corinne Valdivia University of Missouri Impact of climate change and agency at the local level

• Gabriel Cué México, tecnológico de Monterrey

• Jacob Blanc Rural movements, agrarian reform,Brazil, hydroelectric dams

• Maia Jaskoski Participatory institutions and extractive practices

• Tomofumi Nakazawa Political Science

• Mark Unger Environmental enforecement Politicy/Law in teh Ameazon and Central America

• Gisselle Vila Benites • PhD candidate Geography @ University of Melbourne

• Marcela López-Vallejo CIDE México

• Catherine Tucker Universidad de Florida

• Gabriela Muñoz Meléndez COLEF- México Climate Change (adaptation, GHG emissions) Energy (water, energy nexus Air quality )

• Lidia Blásquez Martínez UAM, México Yucatán peninsula, social change Socioenvironmental conflicts & institutions

• Carla Granados Moya GEO Respect, applied geomorphology

• Machal Rajchl GEO Respect, applied geomorphology

• Natalia Gavazzo -Migration • Gender • Climate change  

. Ruben Sanchez-Godoy

. Juliane Schlag IBES, Brwon University Forest, land use history

. Jeffrey W Rubin Social movements

. Steve Buttes

. Kerry Brosnan

. Joe Morley

. Lauren Hedbrink

• Estela Maria Neves UFRJ Environmental governance and politics and water governance

• Nick Copeland Virginia Tech Scoicilogy/ American indian studies, Guatemala/water politic

• Linda Etchart

• Ricardo Rivas

• Armando García Chang UAM, México

• Maria Belesis Ecoaméricas, Business Manager

• Marcela Vásquez-León

• Gabriela Muñoz Meléndez COLEF- México

• Trish O’Kane Birds & people, Nicaraguan revolution, Guatemalan genocide, extractive mining

• Claudia Horn BRICS Policy Center & London School of Economics Brazil, Amazon conservation aid

• Alonso Burgos

• Frederico Freitas