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Maria Clemencia RAMIREZ

Dept. of Anthropology | Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History
Presentation: The Consolidation of Militarism in the Colombian Periphery in the Context of Counterinsurgency, Marginality, and Illegality

María Clemencia Ramírez joined the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History-ICANH as a researcher in 1977 and was appointed Director in 2005, a position she held until July 2007, when she became a research associate. She attended the Universidad de los Andes, where she earned a B.A in anthropology; the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where she earned M.A. in history, and Harvard University, where she earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology. She was the 2004-2005 Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard. She has been Professor of Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and the Universidad de los Andes.


My research focuses on the southwestern department of Putumayo, where the internal armed conflict coincides with the cultivation of illegal crops due to the territory’s marginality.