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My research focus on place-making, memory and imagination. My interests centre on indigenous lived experience and epistemologies, particularly in Chile, exploring the interplay between affectivity, narratives and spatial and political performances.

I am currently Marie Curie Research Fellow at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Manchester and at the Instituto de Estudios Urbanos at the Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile) with the project MapsUrbe – The Invisible City: Mapuche Mapping of Santiago de Chile (H2020-MSCA-IF-2015, GA707537). Through this project I am exploring performance, theatre and art as practice-based and collaborative ethnographic methodologies.

In 2014 I started collaborating with the Latitude Platform for Urban Research and Design (Brussels), a research organization engaging in multidisciplinary methodologies for the study of urban contexts, further engaging with the multiple dimensions of space and spatial perceptions.

Previuos to that, I studied anthropology at the Universities of Bologna, Venice and Verona in Italy, where I received my PhD in 2014, working on issues of political violence, exile and memory in Southern Chile.



Research interests

Regional Specialisation: Latin America, Chile

Topical Interests: Political Anthropology, Indigenous Movements of Latin America; Political Violence; Trauma; Memory; Urban Anthropology; Anthropology of Space and Place; Visual methods; Art and Performance; Life History and Biographical method; Narrative and Storytelling; Experimental Methods and Collaborative Anthropology

My interests centre on indigenous lived experience, particularly Mapuche biographical narratives and memories. My research explores the ways collective and personal memories as well as political practices and imaginations contribute to the construction of meaningful life-worlds, aiming at understanding the interplay between affectivity, narratives and spatial and political performances.

I have worked on the Mapuche political movement, looking at the contemporary experience of political prison by indigenous activists; on the struggles for the land during the 60s and 70s as well as on Mapuche resistance and exile in Europe during the Pinochet dictatorship, and its memory and legacy to the following generations.

Other areas of interest are the multiple ways of dwelling the city by indigenous youngsters and their artistic, political and reflexive engagement with it; and the matter of (in)security and the construction of fear in contemporary urban contexts.


Recent and Current Projects

I am currently developing a EU funded (Marie Slodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, Global Fellowship, Horizon 2020) research project in Santiago, Chile. The MapsUrbe project engages in participatory and collaborative methodologies in order to investigate experiences of urban space among young indigenous Mapuche living in the Chilean capital. Through the implementation of practice-based and visual methods, the project aims at understanding the daily lives, circumstances and moral perspectives of a growing population subject to displacement and social exclusion, and who are often at the margins of national policy and invisible to the public perception.

For more information about the project, see: https://www.mapsurbe.com/


I recently participated in the project Reducing Boundaries - Understanding exclusion through security defensive systems in wealthy urban areas. Porto Alegre, Brussels, Veneto region (Marie-Curie International Research Staff Exchange: Latitude, Iuav University of Venice, Universidade Lasalle, Canoas) about the perception of urban (in)security in Europe and Latin America (2014-2017). One of the final results of the project is the video-documentary ‘Na Bolha’ set in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

For more information about the project, see: http://www.reducing-boundaries.net/ and http://www.latitude-platform.eu/

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Historical and Anthropological Sciences (Doctor Europaeus mention), University of Verona

1 Jan 20111 Jan 2014

Award Date: 26 May 2014

MA in Anthropology, Ethnology and Ethnolinguistic (Distinction), Ca' Foscari University of Venice

1 Sept 20061 Sept 2008

Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

BA in Ethno-Anthropological Sciences, Universita Degli Studi Bologna

1 Sept 20021 Sept 2005

Award Date: 13 Jul 2006

External positions

Directory Board, Latitude Platform for Urban Research and Design

1 Feb 2016 → …

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Political Anthropology
  • F1201 Latin America (General)
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Chile
  • Mapuche


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