Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Research Seminar - Olivia Casagrande (Marie Curie Fellow, Social Anthropology, Manchester) - Wednesday 3 April 2019
|Starts:||17:00 3 Apr 2019|
|Ends:||18:30 3 Apr 2019|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Research Seminar
Date : Wednesday 3 April 2019
Manchas Y Parches: (Un)Making The Indigenous City Through Performance And Critical Mapping In Santiago, Chile
Olivia Casagrande (Marie Curie Fellow, Social Anthropology, Manchester)
Within many cities in Latin America, indigenous groups are compelled to find new ways of relating to urban space, negotiating collective belonging and identity as well as personal life-projects. Emergent indigenous urban practices trigger political engagements, knowledge production, and artistic experimentation. In Santiago (Chile) indigenous people are often caught between forms of intercultural appropriation and invisibilisation. In this context, young urban Mapuche engage in critical thinking and artistic production relating with both the urbe and the mapu (tierra), as the concept of ‘Mapurbe’ - a term recently coined by the poet David Aniñir - emphasizes. Being the second or third generation after migration from rural communities, these youngsters propose changing processes of hybridization, conveying multiple belongings.
Moving from a collaborative and practiced-based research with young artists and intellectuals, the paper addresses the Mapuche diaspora and its engagement with the space of the city. At the intersection of Santiago’s materialities and the immaterial practices, interpretations and lived experiences of the project’s participants, indigenous life within the city is understood as dynamic and characterised by motion. Engaging with memories of displacement and re-imaginations of Santiago Waria (city) collectively constructed within two urban interventions realised in 2018, the Mapuche experience of the city, far from being situated or enclosed into specific sectors, is addressed as characterised by movement through places. Focusing on these multiple acts of traversing - both within the city and in relation to migration – allows to re-think the Mapuche concept of tuwün (place of origin), usually linked to rural ‘ancestral’ territories, challenging traditional and essentialist constructions of indigeneity and addressing distinct and complex forms of emplacement.
Venue: Sam Alex Building A215
Organisation: Marie Curie Fellow, Social Anthropology, Manchester
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Samuel Alexander Building