Kathleen Ann Myers

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Page Range

pp. 152–173


  • English

Print Length

22 pages

5. New Initiatives within Tradition

Ernestine Lüdeke and the Dehesa San Francsico and the “Fundación Monte Mediterráneo” (Santa Olalla del Cala [Huelva])

  • Kathleen Ann Myers (author)
This chapter focuses on the story of Ernestine Lüdeke, whose efforts lie in conserving and reviving pastoralism, and promoting the viability of western Andalusia’s valuable natural resource, the dehesa. She works actively to integrate quality food production, biodiversity, and social change at local, regional, national, and trans-European levels. Ernestine understands the need to develop rural life and how this need connects with farming, and is equal parts teacher, organizer, farmer, cultural interpreter, environmentalist, and spokesperson. She works with farmers to combine tradition with innovative ideas, and with government bodies and NGOs to help them understand farmers’ issues.


Kathleen Ann Myers

Professor of Spanish and History at Indiana University Bloomington

Kathleen Ann Myers is Professor of Spanish and History at Indiana University-Bloomington. She received her doctorate in Hispanic Studies from Brown University. She has published widely on a variety of topics, including books about women writers in colonial Mexico (Liverpool 1993, Indiana University Press 1999, Oxford 2003) and the Spanish conquest and colonization of the Americas (Texas University Press 2007). Her recent studies include books on cultural geographies and coloniality in contemporary Mexico (University of Arizona Press 2015, University of Toronto 2024). This research has been generously funded by a variety of organizations, including Indiana University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture, the Centro de Estudios de Ciencias Sociales (Mexico), the American Philosophical Association, the Huntington Library, and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas of Spain (CSIC).