Last Friday, September 29, the Auditorium of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) held the recognition ceremony for the two winners of the Contest "Research grants for thesis on territories in the Amazon ”; organized by the Research Group, Territory, Society, History and Culture in the Amazon of the Seminary Institute of Andean Rural History (ISHRA) of the UNMSM and the Center for the Development of the Amazonian Indigenous (CEDIA).
The first place was awarded to Nelly Romero, a Sociology student whose research proposal is entitled "Analysis of the territorial and organizational management capacities of the native communities of Lower Urubamba in the framework of the recent districtization of Megantoni in the Cusco Region" . She will identify the challenges that the recent districtization of Megantoni implies to the native communities of the Lower Urubamba regarding the management and organization of their territories; and the mechanisms of social participation established by the native communities of Lower Urubamba for the management and organization of their territories, and the factors that intervene in them. In addition, it will analyze the role played by the main social actors of the native communities of said area for the strengthening of the territorial and organizational management capacities of their communities as a result of the districtization of Megantoni.
Second place was awarded to Natalia Cisneros, Bachelor of Archeology, whose research project is titled "Preliminary Characterization of the Pampa do Podocarpus Site, Pampa Hermosa National Sanctuary, Chanchamayo, Junín." Based on its study, it will describe and evaluate, for example, the architectural technical characteristics of said Archaeological Site, establish its spatial planning, determine the cultural and spatial relationships existing in said space, among others.
The purpose of the Contest was to encourage research and thesis elaboration based on topics related to the territory, its history, cultures and identities, as well as the knowledge of the dynamics, practices and knowledge of the indigenous peoples, native and peasant communities of the Amazon. .
CEDIA will provide logistical support and will finance the field work - transfer, per diem and food - of the selected ones for a period of three months. In addition, they will have access to the Documentation Center of the NGO CEDIA and the ISHRA library, as well as the possibility of having advisers from their specialties.
The Contest has been possible thanks to the alliance that CEDIA and ISHRA have maintained for three months; which was promoted and has been possible thanks to the students of the Research Group, Territory, Society, History and Culture in the Amazon, who throughout this time maintained constant and direct coordination with specialists from CEDIA.