Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Pablo Millalen Lepin Will Attend Prestigious Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy Summer Program

Tue, November 5, 2019
Pablo Millalen Lepin Will Attend Prestigious Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy Summer Program

LLILAS PhD student Pablo Millalen Lepin has been been awarded a scholarship to attend the International Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy, sponsored by Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. The interdisciplinary program addresses major questions in contemporary Indigenous affairs within a global context. It includes lectures and workshops in New York City as well as travel to visit and interact with representatives of a Native American nation in New York State.

Millalen Lepin grew up in southern Chile in the comuna of Galvarino. He is an Indigenous Mapuche and a speaker of Mapuzugun, the Mapuche language. A member of the Mapuche Research Collective (Comunidad de Historia Mapuche), he analyzes state policies vis-à-vis Indigenous people in post-dictatorship Chile, responses of Mapuche and other Indigenous Chileans to these policies, and how these relate to international arguments about Indigenous peoples and their rights.

Explaining his specific research interests, Millalen Lepin writes, “My graduate research focuses on the study of the indigenous policies of the Chilean state and responses from Mapuche political leaders, grassroots organizations, and communities during the contemporary period, that is, between the end of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973–1990) and the present. More specifically, I am interested in studying how Chilean state policies have become entangled between the promises of neoliberal multiculturalism, the exercise and the continuity of a politics of colonial dispossession and violence against the Mapuche, and the formal endorsement of international agreements on Indigenous peoples’ rights, such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), the Organization of American States (OAS) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2015), and the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention (1989), among others.” 

Asked about his aspirations for the summer institute, Millalen Lepin responds: “I hope to include new conceptual tools, deepen my knowledge about the Anglophone Indigenous peoples, and also share my own experience from the Global South. In addition, this program will be relevant to complement my own research on Indigenous studies.”

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