Entangled Rosewood: Loss, Being, and Belonging
NEH Fellowship, 2018–19
Julie Velásquez Runk is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia. Her research uses integrative (or interdisciplinary) approaches to how people use and manage their landscapes, how that relates to science, conservation, indigenous knowledge, and policy, and how people cope with variability and change. She grounds this work in political ecology, science and technology studies, human geography, environmental humanities, and collaboration. Her investigations contribute to three key areas of understanding for human – environment relations and cultural anthropology: 1) how to conserve and govern environments in culturally sensitive ways; 2) how indigenous populations maintain their identity and advocate for their rights in spite of tremendous change; 3) and how to make science more collaborative, via processes that build theory and incorporate multiple voices. She uses her background in ecology and conservation practice to build work that is conversant in natural and social sciences, and that is relevant to local communities and conservation practitioners.
- In August 2018, Doris Cheucarama Membache and Julie joined four international research teams in the workshop “Biocultural Values in Bird Conservation Networks: from Local to Global and Back” at the XVI Congress of the International Society for Ethnobiology (ISE) held in Belém, Brazil. Doris and Julie presented research co-authored with Rito Ismare Peña, Las Aves in la Música y Danza Wounaan (Birds in Wounaan Music and Dance). As a scientific organization, the ISE is unique in its foundational and continued orientation on decolonizing research, research collaborations, and rights advocacy.
- NHC Beyond Beauty: Exploring the Environmental Humanities series: “Endangered Species, Imperiled Ways of Life,” at Chapel Hill Public Library, February 23, 2019
- Panelist, NHC Conference: “Beyond Despair: Theory and Practice in Environmental Humanities,” April 3–5, 2019
- Velásquez Runk, Julie, and Chenier Carpio Opua. “The Collaborative Process in a Wounaan Meu Language Documentation Project.” In Insights from Practices in Community-Based Research: From Theory to Practice Around the Globe, edited by Shannon T. Bischoff and Carmen Jany, 246-65. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2018.
- Velásquez Runk, Julie. Crafting Wounaan Landscapes: Identity, Art, and Environmental Governance in Panama’s Darién. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2017.
- Velásquez Runk, Julie. “Creating Wild Darién: Centuries of Darién’s Imaginative Geography and Its Lasting Effects.” Journal of Latin American Geography 14, no. 3 (2015): 127-56.
- Velásquez Runk, Julie. “Indigenous Land and Environmental Conflicts in Panama: Neoliberal Multiculturalism, Changing Legislation, and Human Rights.” Journal of Latin American Geography 11 (2012): 21-47.
- Velásquez Runk, Julie. “Social and River Networks for the Trees: Wounaan’s Riverine Rhizomic Cosmos and Arboreal Environmental Conservation.” American Anthropologist 111 (2009): 456-67.