Ana Vivaldi Pasqua

Ana Vivaldi Pasqua


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I am Researcher at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester, where I am involved in the "Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America" project. Through collaborative ethnography, I investigate forms of artistic challenges to racism and changing forms of racial inequality in Argentina. Specifically, since 2020, I have worked on three collaborations. One of them is a novel Afro-Indigenous research exchange involving an Afro-Latin American and a Mapuche theatre director, creating two new plays that produce speculative encounters between these two forms of subalternity. Another is a series of research-creation engagements with the Collective Identidad Marrón, including writing a book, co-curating an art exhibition of marrón artists, and a recorded theatre performance with young activists who self-identify as Marrón, a novel identity that highlights indigenous, peasant, and migrant ancestry with uncertainty about genealogy and a shared experience of urban racialization. Finally, I work with urban Toba-Qom hip-hop artists to produce new recordings based on their experiences as Indigenous people born in Buenos Aires which is rooted in long term engagements with the Toba-Qom organizations since the early 2000s.

My research, at large, brings the politics of indigeneity and race into inquiries into space, the city, and mobilities, focusing on the embodiment, affect, and gender. In the past, I have traced how urban Indigenous people in Buenos Aires confront spatial segregation and racialization by indigenizing the city and through mobilities linking them to their territories and other urban communities. Another of my projects focused on the formations of race and masculinity in the Argentine military, tracing the experiences of Indigenous men who have served in the army and in the Falkland War. 

While my scholarship is shaped in conversations with researchers working on indigeneity and race, spatial politics, gender, and Latin American studies, my work emerges from long-term relationships established in the early 2000s with Indigenous people and movements in Argentina, now including Marrón and Afro Latin-American organizations as well. The outputs of my work include curating a digital art exhibition, collaborative writing with Indigenous, Marrón, and Afro intellectuals and activists, publications in English- and Spanish-language academic journals, short articles on current affairs, and community exhibits. I have written on Indigenous politics in Argentina, regulating Indigenous mobilities and their affective imputations, the racialization of shantytowns, and Indigenous bodies in Buenos Aires. I have also translated articles from Indigenous activists, feminist writers and organizations for dissemination in English.

I received a Licenciatura in Anthropology from the University of Buenos Aires in 2005 and completed my PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2016. In 2017-2019, I was a Research and Visiting Fellow at Simon Fraser University School for International Studies. From 2014 to the present, I teach as an instructor at the University of British Columbia.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Areas of expertise

  • GN Anthropology
  • H Social Sciences (General)


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