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Dept. of Anthropology | Universidad del Rosario
Presentation: "Mule Trains and Mediations: Legality, Illegality and Corruption"

Diana Bocarejo is Professor at the Escuela de Ciencias Humanas, Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. She finished her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and her research interests include legal and political anthropology and cultural spatial studies. Her research analyzes legal multiculturalism focusing on the relationship between political arrangements and space (the legal jurisprudence regarding the connection between ethnicity and territory, the territorial struggle between grantees of minority rights and nonrecognized communities and the manner in which urban ethnic groups have reshaped multiculturalism).


The trails and histories of mule trains have drawn the cycles of bonanzas in the landscape and in people’s daily rhythms. Such rythms include mules and peoples traversing the vicissitudes of bonanzas- working in gold and stone looting, trading the precious wood of the forests, or dealing with marihuana, then coca leaf, then coca paste, and currently tourists.