Jenniffer Vargas Reina (Agrarian Studies Fellow), “State, Land, and War: Land Accumulation during Colombian Civil War” (Yale Agrarian Studies)

Event time: 
Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
230 Prospect Street (PROS230), 101 See map
Event description: 

Jenniffer Vargas Reina received her PhD in the Social Sciences from Facultad Lationamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Mexico in 2019. Jenniffer joins us at Yale with over eight years of experience researching land dispossession and working with peasant organizations on related issues. During her time with the Program in Agrarian Studies, she will work on transforming her dissertation, entitled “State, Land, and War: Modalities of Land Accumulation in the Colombian Armed Conflict,” into a book manuscript. “State, Land, and War” offers insights into the role of the state in land grabbing and the different modalities of land accumulation in a civil war context. With a focus on the Colombian armed conflict, Jenniffer’s research examines two discrete types of land accumulation: one coercive by armed groups, and the other opportunistic by entrepreneurs. “State, Land, and War” aims to contribute to scholarship as well as public policy insofar as it proposes a new theoretical framework to make sense of how war creates new opportunities for the concentration of rural assets, which may inform the implementation of Colombia’s rural assets redistribution policy that was prioritized in the peace agreements of 2016. More generally, her work sheds light on possible paths forward for managing the conditions and mechanisms that give rise to economic and political inequalities in agrarian societies.