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Landscapes of Resistance

As a feminist/activist geographer, much of my doctoral research has concentrated on Indigenous and non-Indigenous communal experiences of violent development in Guatemala. An emblematic case of community conflict with, and resistance to, transnational corporate interests comes from the remote community of Lote Ocho. There, Irma Yolanda Choc Cac (pictured here) is one of eleven Indigenous Q’eqchi’ Maya women pursuing a civil court case against the Canadian mining company HudBay Minerals for sexual assaults allegedly committed during a violent eviction of her community from their ancestral lands in 2007.
Submission Year: 
2017-18
Photographer's affiliation: 
Graduate student
Academic areas: 
Arts and Science
Graduate Studies
Art of Research categories: 
Out in the field
Photo: 
Landscapes of Resistance
Categories: 
PhD student/candidate
Faculty of Arts and Science
Department of Geography and Planning
School of Graduate Studies
Resurgent Indigenous Research in Local and Global Contexts
Securing Successful and Just Societies through Scholarship, Governance and Policy
Democracy, Justice and Equality
Location of photograph: 
Lote Ocho, Izabal, Guatemala
Photographer's name: 
Alexandra Pedersen
Display Photographers Affiltion + Faculty or Department: 
PhD Student, Geography and Planning