Michael Taussig

Michael Taussig

Michael T. Taussig is an Australian anthropologist and professor at Columbia University.

Michael T. Taussig is an Australian anthropologist and professor at Columbia University. He has visited Colombia annually since 1969. In 2012 and 2015 he made three short visits to the extensive swamps of northern Colombia in the Bolívar department, for a total of seven weeks. Two of these visits were with the Colombian law professor, Juan Felipe García, working pro bono with the peasant-colonists of the village of Buenos Aires in Colombia, consisting of 144 houses on the island of Papayal. Since 2007 the village has been under siege by oil palm plantation owners trying to rid the peasants of the land, using armed force as well as the courts. Further west in Chocó in the mid-1990s, entire communities have been subject to aerial bombing combined with paramilitary ground assault for the same purpose.