SURCLA and AILASA Seminar | Witral Memory, Collectivism and Representation of the Mapuche – School of Languages and Cultures SURCLA and AILASA Seminar | Witral Memory, Collectivism and Representation of the Mapuche – School of Languages and Cultures

SURCLA and AILASA Seminar | Witral Memory, Collectivism and Representation of the Mapuche

SURCLA and AILASA Seminar: Witral Memory, Collectivism and Representation of the Mapuche with renowned poet Daniela Catrileo

The Sydney University Research Community for Latin America (SURCLA), in collaboration with the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA), are proud to present a discussion with Daniela Catrileo about the contemporary imagination of the Mapuche culture as a result of a shared and violent political history.

The seminar will be held remotely on Zoom on Friday 3 December, 10am (AEST Sydney time) / Thursday 2 December, 8pm  (Santiago, Chile)

Chaired by the University of Sydney’s own Dr Fernanda Peñaloza the event will feature a live conversation with Daniela Catrileo, a Mapuche writer and poet based in Chile. The word witral in Mapudungun, the official language of the Mapuche, refers to the act of weaving and to the loom. Symbolically it represents the idea of diaspora and the movement of Mapuche subjects from Wallmapu, the traditional territory of the Mapuche, and how the shared experiences of anti-colonial resistance, decolonial and antiracist feminism and artistic literary creation are all connected.

The event will be conducted in both Spanish and English, and is open to all members of the general public. It aims to shed light on the importance of literary creation, memory and community in preserving cultural heritage, and to showcase the work that Daniela Catrileo is achieving in her own literary output, as well as to develop closer connections between Australia and Chile.

About the speakers

Daniela Catrileo headshotDaniela Catrileo is a Mapuche writer born in Santiago, Chile. She has degrees in Education, Philosophy, Cultural Journalism, Editing and Literary Criticism from the Metropolitan University of Educational Sciences, and The University of Chile, as well as a Masters in American Aesthetics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Her publications include the poetry collections, Río herido and Guerra florida, the short story collection Piñen and the poetry plaquettes, El territorio del viaje and Las aguas dejaron de unirse a otras aguas, as well as a series of audiovisual poems such as Llekümün, which reflects on the Mapuche diaspora and the memories of her grandmother Juana Collihuín and won the 2020 Ax contest dedicated towards the cultural exchange between Indigenous and Afro-descendant subjects. She is a member of the Mapuche Rangiñtulewfü Collective, as well as being part of the editorial team for Yene Revista and the Chillka Editorial Cooperative. She was also the editor of the Mapuche literary anthology Wirintukun ti kalül taken from the workshop of the same name at the Museum for Memory and Human Rights in Santiago.

Headshot of Dr Fernanda Penaloza

Dr Fernanda Peñaloza is an Argentine-Peruvian Latin Americanist Mestiza woman with Aymara, Italian and Spanish ancestry and Australian citizenship. She is an educator, a researcher, a diversity and inclusion advocate and facilitator. Fernanda joined the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Sydney after eight years studying and working in the UK. Interdisciplinary in nature, her work is primarily concerned with how knowledge production, and political, economic and cultural forces shape the way in which the peoples of Latin America and the region itself—both as a signifier and as a geopolitical location—are discursively constructed. In the past few years, the majority of her publications focus on Latin American cultures, and their interconnections with Australia. Her latest book is Penaloza, F., Walsh, S. (2019). Mapping South-South Connections: Australia and Latin America (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan).

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Dec 03 2021


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