Social Anthropology Seminar - Dr Olivia Casagrande - Monday 21st October 2019
|Dates:||21 October 2019|
|Times:||16:00 - 18:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Speaker:||Dr Olivia Casagrande|
Social Anthropology Seminar
Monday, 21st October 2019
Dr Olivia Casagrande – University of Manchester
“ Performing the Mapuche City:
Political Imaginations, Emplaced Aesthetics and Corporeal Epistemologies”
Within many cities in Latin America, indigenous people are compelled to find new ways of relating to urban space, negotiating collective belonging as well as personal life-projects. Emergent indigenous urban practices trigger political engagements, knowledge production, and artistic experimentation.
In the context of the Mapuche diaspora in Santiago (Chile), the collaborative project MapsUrbe: The invisible City involved young Mapuche artists and intellectuals engaging the city space through collective creative work, site-specific performance and critical cartography. At the intersection of Santiago's urban materiality and the immaterial practices and lived experiences of the project’s participants, the elaboration of decolonial epistemologies went through the exercise of thinking through the city and the bodies dwelling in it, crafting alternative spatialities and temporalities. Disarranging the linear unfolding of history, subterranean narratives emerged within the capital city, playing with unexpected connections and routings.
The paper elaborates on these staging of collective and individual experiences of indigeneity within the city - a given identity re-enacted in disruptive ways - exploring how the artistic gesture of 'performing the Mapuche city' challenges and redefines political and poetical horizons at the intersection of place, body and imagination. Moving from the concept of Mapurbe as a critical enunciation site, these performances are addressed as a way of producing meaning and knowledge through and beyond the situadeness of place, encompassing emplaced aesthetics, political imaginations and corporeal epistemologies.
Second Floor Boardroom 2.016 / 017
Arthur Lewis Building
Time 4:15 to 6:00pm
(Tea and coffee available outside the room from 4:00pm)
Dr Olivia Casagrande
Role: Seminar Speaker
Organisation: University of Manchester
Travel and Contact Information
2.016 / 017 - 2nd floor Boardroom
Arthur Lewis Building