Entangled Rosewood: Loss, Being, and Belonging
NEH Fellowship, 2018–19
Julie Velásquez Runk is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia, one of the only departments dedicated to environmental and ecological anthropology, and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Her research uses integrative 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. Her diverse research includes indigenous political ontology, zoonotic diseases and deforestation, ethnoornithology, and land rights and forest governance histories. She is the author of Crafting Wounaan Landscapes: Identity, Art, and Environmental Governance in Panama’s Darién, which will be published in Spanish in 2019. She increasingly co-writes with indigenous collaborators and is author or co-author of an additional fifteen articles in anthropology, conservation, geography, and botany journals. She has received grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities, and Panama’s National Secretariat of Science, Technology, and Innovation, and has been a Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research. She is book review editor for Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America and was on the board of the Conference of Latin American Geography. She holds a dual joint Ph.D. in forestry and environmental studies, anthropology, and economic botany from Yale University and The New York Botanical Garden. She uses her background in ecology and conservation practice to build work that is conversant in the humanities and natural and social sciences, and that is relevant to local communities and conservation practitioners.
- In October 2018, Professor Runk was invited to present at the Foro Abierto de Ciencias de América Latina y el Caribe, where she presented on Territoriality, REDD+, and indigenous diplomacy.
- In August 2018, Doris Cheucarama Membache and Professor Runk 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, Toño Peña Conquista, and Chindío Peña Ismare. “Animal Transference and Transformation among Wounaan.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (2019). https://doi.org/10.1111/jlca.12389
- 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.