XClose

UCL Anthropology

Home
Menu

Rosalyn Bold

ESRC Research Fellow

Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability

My central research interest is in perceptions of climate change, especially among the inhabitants of the highland ayllu of Caata, Bolivia. I view climate change cosmopolitically, creating conversations across cultures and disciplines, and seeking to include marginalised voices into the international consideration of this vital issue (2019).

Climate change in Caata, as other marginalised communities, expands into a whole complex of changes, unseparated into the social and natural, which are engulfing the community and its environment. I take Bastien’s 1972 ethnography of the village as a comparison point, considering how relations with and perceptions of the sacred mountain, formerly conceived as a body, are changing or conversely have endured. I consider Caata as a ‘cosmoscape’ (2020), where contrasting worlding practices come to the fore alternatively in certain times and contexts. I consider rural-urban migration, and rural-rural migration into the cash economies of the coca growing Yungas region: what draws young people to leave the village, its traditional economies, and associated cosmological systems? What replaces them (2016)? I also consider contemporary Bolivian political tendencies, including the Vivir Bien (2018) and the dynamics of ethnic alterity characterising the country, exemplified in the 2012 Tipnis March (2021).

My current interests are in conceptualising ‘collapse’, combining contemporary ethnography with archaeological studies of the Andean region, subject to environmental catastrophe and sudden social change. I am currently carrying out fieldwork in Caata on Creating a Cosmpolitics of Climate Change in Caata (September 2021 to June 2022).

Education

2010- 2016 PhD Social Anthopology, University of Manchester. Thesis: Landscapes of Alterity: Climate change in Contemporary Bolivia (Part-time) 

2005-2006 MA Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool. Thesis: Revolutionary Education in Mexico

2001-2004 BA Archaeology and Anthropology (Social Anthropology). Girton College, Cambridge University

Publications

Forthcoming June 2021. ‘The Recursive Indian: The Significance of Complementary Ethnic Alterity in the Bolivian Tipnis March’. Bulletin of Latin American Research.

2020. ‘Constructing cosmoscapes : cosmological currents in conversation and contestation in contemporary Bolivia’. HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 10 (1): 195–208.

2020. "On Bolivian Lithium." Theorizing the Contemporary, Fieldsights, March 24.

2019. (Ed.) The ‘end of the world’? Constructing a Cosmopolitics of Climate Change. Palgrave Series in the Anthropology of Sustainability. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2019. ‘Introduction: Constructing A Cosmopolitics of Climate Change’ In The ‘end of the world’? Constructing a Cosmopolitics of Climate Change, edited by Rosalyn Bold. Palgrave Series in the Anthropology of Sustainability. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2019. ‘Climate change and Contamination in a relational landscape’. In The ‘end of the world’? Constructing a Cosmopolitics of Climate Change, edited by Rosalyn Bold. Palgrave Series in the Anthropology of Sustainability. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2018. Vivir Bien: a study in alterity. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, 12:2, 113-132.

2013. ‘Living Landscapes: Climate Change in the Andes’. The Dark Mountain Project.