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Drawing on Cherríe Moraga’s semi-autobiographical writings and varied scholarly work, this article contends that in her play, The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea (2001), she not only critiques patriarchal heteronormativity, but she goes further by naming the necessary elements for a society in which her “Queer Aztlán” (1993), would be possible. Throu...
Heritage has the potential to foster introspection and reflection about the many communities co-existing within nation-states, and therefore, can lead to complex intercultural engagement. In Chile, recent efforts to catalogue intangible collective indigenous heritage ask Mapuche groups to self-represent univocally, giving way to a limited and stati...
By juxtaposing close readings of four studies on exchange in the 19th and 20th century Andean region, we can better understand how pre-existing perceptions about indigenous groups played into relationships of exchange, as well as how these relationships contributed to form ideas about race, political agency, and economic power.
This article explores the life and public writing of Chilean writer, journalist and revolutionary Pedro Ruiz Aldea (1832–1870). Living on the northern side of the Bío Bío River, the historic division between Mapuche–Chilean sovereignties since 1642, I argue that his knowledge of and experiences with an interethnic border culture influenced his deci...
This article describes how through the innovative use of an Internet platform, Ese: o, a Chilean nongovernmental organization grounded on a critical and feminist perspective, contributed the communication strategies for the Sexualities Project. This 5-year academic collaboration involved more than 30 researchers in five countries and four continent...
Three indigenous Mapuche intellectuals stood out on the Chilean national stage during the first half of the twentieth century: Manuel Manquilef, Manuel Aburto Panguilef and Venancio Coñuepán. There is a rich and expanding body of scholarship available on the political discourses of these three figures, but we know far less about the social worlds in which they operated. This project, led by Bristol University and the Catholic University of Santiago, brings together specialists in the field of Mapuche history in the UK and Chile in order to try to fill this gap, and to explore different approaches to the study of indigenous intellectuals. The principal output will be a bilingual database that collates the details of these intellectuals’ trajectories, and that is widely accessible through and publicised by a dedicated webpage.