Zapatistas Reimagine Science as Tool of Resistance

Free Radicals

by Sophie Duncan

20170404_051728 A digital illustration imagining Zapatista scientists: the first one holds a dropper and beaker, the second on a calculator, and the third is looking under the microscope. All three evoke the imagery of the Zapatista flag with a red star and a black background. Artwork by Keshy Jeong.

“Is it possible to create a science that is truly human?”

April 5, 2017

As scientists grapple with what it means to march for science and defend an apolitical and ahistorical vision of science “safe” from identity, the Zapatistas have put forth the possibilities of a symbiotic relationship between science and social justice. Between December 26 and January 4th, the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN or the Zapatistas) facilitated an interdisciplinary conference in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, México: “L@s Zapatistas y las ConCiencias por la Humanidad”. [1] As part of an armed indigenous resistance…

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