My research path started in 2014 when I completed my MA in architecture in Chile. It was the first time I conducted research by observing a group of people and a traditional celebration on the Chilean desert. I was surprised by the colours and the music and the way their bodies in collective was using the space walking in peregrinations between religious and symbolic landmarks. This investigation drove me back to Caspana in 2017 to look out deeper this close relation to land and to understand how in their minds landscape was articulated. It was the first time I created a map based in what I was listening, the tales, places, areas, boundaries, it was all their knowledge placed on a model which was used then to teach other community members about their land. On my PhD today I am still following their guidance, this people wanted to know about kunza, their ancestral identity, in relation to space and territory. I have taken this invitation and linguistic landscape theory as a theoretic structure to locate language in place and place making on the two spaces where indigenous people today live: in transit between the city and the traditional village. By looking at three frameworks who describe symbolic manifestations of a cultural identity in relation to space I will explore the linguistic landscape of an indigenous community in Chile. Those frames are placenames, rock art and traditional celebrations. Keep looking at my research blog for updates on my PhD research.
With my mind place where my body is today, since January 2018 I have been collaborating as a Research Fellow at Edinburgh University on the project “The culture and community mapping project”. Directed by Dr Morgan Currie from the Centre for Data, Culture and Society CDCS, this project is releasing an online cultural map of Edinburgh, which aims to represent the diversity of cultural spaces and local communities, as an opportunity of connecting each other. The mas as it looks like today represents a cultural map process, where cultural producers of different areas were invited to participate and to build this map in collaboration, especially defining the categories that were included and why they matter. Extended information about the map itself, data and the research strategy can be found on the project website.
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