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Martín Fonck

Martín Fonck, MA

Doctoral Candidate


Martín is currently doctoral candidate at Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Munich. His research interests include ethnographic studies about landscape, place, curiosity and intimate experiences of science. He has worked on environmental knowledge production and collaboration practices among ornithologist, environmental activists and local communities, focusing on conservation projects in protected forest areas.

His PhD research project on geological explorations and geothermal energy futures in the Andes. He has been following underground (in)visibilities, exploring the politics of evidence and knowledge production ethnographically. Martín joined the Doctoral Program Environment and Society in 2018 and he is funded by a scholarship from the Chilean National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (CONICYT). His articles and collaborations have appeared in AIBR Revista de Antropologia Iberoamericana (2020), Anthropological Theory (2019), Geoforum (2018), Revista Austral de Ciencias Sociales (2018), The Geographical Journal (2017), EURE (2017), Chungara (2017), Revista de Geografia Norte Grande (2018, 2015). He presented on his research in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, Sweden and France.

Dissertation project: "Exploring the underground": Following evidence practices and traces of geothermal energy futures in Chilean Andes.

Selected publications

  • 2020 (with Saskia Brill & Noemi Quagliati). “Writing with landscape—A workshop with Laura Watts”. Seeing the Woods, March 20, https://seeingthewoods.org/2020/03/20/writing-with-landscape/
  • 2020 (with Cristián Simonetti). “Geological resonances: Learning to be affected by earth forces in the anthropocene” [Resonancias geológicas: Aprendiendo a ser afectados por las fuerzas de la tierra en el antropoceno]. AIBR Revista de Antropologia Iberoamericana 15 (1): 157-178, https://www.aibr.org/antropologia/netesp/numeros/1501/150108.pdf
  • 2018 (with Piergiorgio Di Giminiani). “Emerging landscapes of private conservation: enclosure and mediation in southern Chilean protected areas”. Geoforum 97: 305-314, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0016718518302793
  • 2018 (with Daniela Jacob) “Listening to the forest’s call” exploring the affective dimensions of environmental conservation through a multiespecies ethnography approach. Santuario El Cañi, Chile | [“Escuchando el llamado del bosque”: Explorando las dimensiones afectivas de la conservación ambiental desde la etnografía multiespecies Santuario El Cañi, Chile]. Revista Austral de Ciencias Sociales 35: 221-238, http://revistas.uach.cl/index.php/racs/article/view/4204
  • 2015 (with Piergiorgio Di Giminiani). “The landscape as a living process: Experiences in domesticating forests in the south of Chile”. | [El paisaje como proceso de vida: Experiencias de domesticación del bosque en el sur de Chile] Revista de Geografía Norte Grande, 61: 7-24, https://scielo.conicyt.cl/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0718-34022015000200002
  • Researchgate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martin_Fonck2