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Doing Public Archaeology in a Latin American context: case studies and critical remarks

Start: Oct 04, 2017 04:30 PM

Location: Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Doing Public Archaeology in a Latin American context: case studies and critical remarks

Diego Salazar (Departamento de Antropología, Universidad de Chile) will give a lecture at the Institute on 4 October.

Prof Salazar's talk will centre around a critical reflection on (public) archaeology in Latin America - Chile in particular- discussing the political dimension of working with local communities within a neo-colonial setting. Two case studies will be presented, one regarding territorial claims of indigenous communities, and the other regarding the intervention of educational curricula of small children in order to include references to their local histories and experiences in their formal education programs.

About the speaker

Diego Salazar's research is centred on the hyperarid Atacama Desert, and focuses on late pre-Hispanic colonial encounters between Inka and local pre-Inka populations, and on the historical trajectories of coastal hunter-gatherers. He has published over 70 papers in journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited 2 books (one of them forthcoming). His research has been disseminated via diverse outreach activities and public education and he has recently begun working more systematically with the political dimension of his research and its relation with local communities (indigenous or not).

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Kelly Trifilo.