This roundtable aims to challenge market-driven and common-sense narratives which characterize the economy of Timor-Leste as unproductive, poor and unfair. Drawing on the expertise of discussants from a range of disciplines including anthropology, political science, economics, ecofeminism, history and human geography we will consider past and present economic dynamics in Timor-Leste to cast light on the following phenomena: 1) community-based economic values; 2) community-based entanglements with the market-driven economy; 3) colonial and post-colonial promotion of the market-economy and; 4) the dramatic and creative ways people respond to social and economic change. We wish to draw attention to the multiplicity of economies, or the ecology of economies present in Timor-Leste. We suggest the economy must be understood as the product of articulations between heterogenous elements engaged in processes of production, exchange and consumption by which populations and institutions guarantee their reproduction by replacing persons and things.
Chair: Associate Professor Kelly Silva, University of Brasilia. Kelly is a social anthropologist who researches phenomena related to modernization in Timor-Leste.
Lisa Palmer, Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne. Lisa is a human geographer who teaches and researches on human-environment relations and indigenous approaches to environmental and social governance. Topic: Community-based economic values
Teresa Cunha, Senior researcher at the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra. Her research interests are feminisms, post colonialisms, post war transition, peace and memories.Topic: The dramatic and creative ways by which local people have responded to social and economic change.
Guteriano Neves. Adviser to the Government of the Republic of Timor-Leste on Development and Economics.Topic: Colonial and post-colonial promotion of the market-economy
Xisto Martins. Executive Director of Raebia an East Timorese NGO working on sustainable development. Xisto is currently pursuing his Doctorate at the University of the Philippines.Topic: community-based entanglements with the market-driven economy
Alberto Fidalgo Castro, Post-doc Universidade de Brasília. Alberto has carried out research about the country on a range of topics: history, economy, religion etc.