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Sascha Miguel Cornejo Puschner

Doctoral Researcher
Nature/culture relations in environmental conflicts in regard to mining extractivism in the North of Chile (Region of Tarapacá).


  • (Neo)Extractivism as a socio-environmental issue.
  • Territoriality and cultural dynamics of indigenous culture
  • Legibility, simplification and bureaucratization of nature expressed in Environmental Assessment Studies. 
  • (Post)coloniality and ethical positioning of researcher

“Despite this year of madness (2020), I feel very grateful to be part of a group of researchers, who although all with different research topics and from different disciplines, have had tremendously enriching discussions. These have not only helped me to improve my English but also contributed to forming me as a person and researcher. I am very grateful to be part of this discussion group.” 

Sascha Cornejo Puschner is a PhD student at IRI THESys since summer 2018. He studied Anthropology and Political Philosophy in Santiago de Chile and is now “in the middle” of his doctoral research process.

Sascha's research follows the questions of how natural resource extraction impact on local territories. His research is focused on a Chilean Region in the Atacama Desert (Tarapacá), generally conceived as a rich deposit of natural resources, like copper, zinc, or lithium. The construction of a Chilean imaginary as a “mining country” has contributed to the displacement of resource frontiers, and with that the growing fear and uncertainties of the local population about the unexpected social and environmental impacts of mining on these territories. 

Selected Publications

¿Políticas de la naturaleza o naturaleza como política? Claves teóricas para repensar la relación naturaleza y cultura. Towards a politics of nature. Some theoretical directions to rethink the relation between nature and culture. In colaboration with A. Durán. Revista de la Academia. N. 26. Medio ambiente, ecología y sociedad. (Published in October-November 2018)

Politicas de la especie. Eugenesia, vida e ingeniería genética. (2017) Lom ediciones: Santiago de Chile.

La relación naturaleza y ser humano, tecnología y biología bajo la luz del posthumanismo. (2017) Antropologías del Sur. Dossier Afro-descendientes y Racismo. Vol 4 n. 8