Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Keynote Address of the 8th CLACS Graduate Student Conference: "On Heritage and Struggle: Deconstructing Neoliberal Assumptions and Realities"

Mon, February 25, 2019
Keynote Address of the 8th CLACS Graduate Student Conference:

Keynote Address of the 8th CLACS Graduate Student Conference:

"On Heritage and Struggle: Deconstructing Neoliberal Assumptions and Realities"

This talk will focus on how the invasive sounds of the colonial city and hydroelectric dam projects in Mapuche territories contribute to the long history of “acoustic colonialism.” In order to offer a critical reflection on this issue, Luis Cárcamo-Huechante (Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UT Austin) will examine how Indigenous modes of voicing and listening are performed in audiovisual works by Mapuche artists/activists, including filmmaker Jeannette Paillan and video artist Cristian Wenuvil. Specifically, the talk will discuss audiovisual works in which the sounds of water and Mapuche modes of voicing and listening are staged as responses to contemporary colonialism, in light of both the long colonial history of Chile and the current era of neoliberalism. This will allow Professor Cárcamo-Huechante to elaborate on the relationship between sound and colonialism as well as the Indigenous modes of listening that are performed as counter-currents to “acoustic colonialism” in Wallmapu, the Mapuche territory. This presentation is part of Professor Cárcamo-Huechante's ongoing theoretical and methodological research, which brings together approaches from Indigenous Studies and Sound Studies, drawing on Mapuche concepts related to language, sound, and territory.

Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante is currently the Director of the Program in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) and Associate Professor in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. As a founding member of the Comunidad de Historia Mapuche, a collective of Mapuche researchers based in Temuco, southern Chile, Professor Cárcamo-Huechante is co-editor of two inter-disciplinary collection of essays: Ta iñ fijke xipa rakizuameluwün. Historia, colonialismo y resistencia desde el país Mapuche (2012), and Aküwan ka kütrankan zugu Wajmapu mew: Violencias coloniales en Wajmapu (2015). He previously published his own book on neoliberalism and culture in Chile: Tramas del mercado: imaginación económica, cultura pública y literatura en el Chile de fines del siglo veinte (Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2007).  This talk is based on his book manuscript in progress tentatively titled Acoustic Colonialism, Mapuche Interferences.

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