My ethnographic work, based in rural Colombia, considers (de)militarized landscapes, post-conflict economics, environmental politics, and multispecies relations of aid and care. My book manuscript, Suspicious Landscapes: Humanitarian Demining and Peace Laboratories in Colombia, explores technical and political experimental practices built around humanitarian efforts to clear and liberate territories occupied by improvised landmines. It follows military deminers, rebel explosive experts, war-affected campesinos [peasants], humanitarian practitioners, and mine detection dogs as they strive to undo the historical violence that contaminated the countryside and attempt to forge relationships of trust and reconciliation. Amidst an unsettled political landscape, they collaborate to (re)enable rural life and assay the material possibility of peace.
Forthcoming Pardo Pedraza, D. "Artefacto Explosivo Improvisado: Landmines and Rebel Expertise in Colombian Warfare," Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society.
2017 Pardo Pedraza, D. "The Amputated Body: Ghostly and Literal Presence," In. Fanta Castro, Herrero-Olaizola and Rutter-Jensen, eds., Territories of Conflict: Traversing Colombia through Cultural Studies. New York: University of Rochester Press.