Transformative Narratives of Mapuche Sovereignty in 19th Century Chile
Since the 19th century, the dominant public discourse about the Mapuche in Chile has emphasized discord and conflict with non-Mapuche. Research on the historical complicities between Mapuche and non-Mapuche, then, becomes intriguing and possibly even transformative for how we imagine intercultural exchanges today. This presentation focuses on the story of a 19th century Chilean journalist and intellectual who spoke out against the military occupation of Mapuche lands during the “Pacification of the Araucanía” (1861-1881): Pedro Ruiz Aldea (1830-1870) and poses questions about the role of historical narratives for contemporary notions of healing and recognition.
This event will feature Allison Ramay, PhD. She is an Assistant Professor of Literature at Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile and Researcher at the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies.