Memory, violence, spirits

Memory, violence, spirits, and sacrifice in southern Chile in the aftermath of General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

Human bones, one of the haunting traces of Pinochet’s dictatorship in Mapuche Chilean geographies, are not a fetish of a distant past but a constant reminder of the processes of destruction and violence that created them and their legacy in the present. Prof. Bacigalupo will examine how and why the wandering spirits of some Mapuche victims perpetuate this violence, while others are conceived through the idiom of sacrifice as honorable heroes who participate in and transform community politics.