Visions & Voices
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Visions & Voices initiative is USC's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches. The initiative features an array of events organized by faculty and schools. With presentations by critically acclaimed artists and distinguished speakers, the series features theatrical productions, music and dance performances, film screenings, lectures, and workshops.
On the Mapuche Use of Radio in Times of Acoustic Colonialism
Kaprelian Hall (KAP) (Map)
A Series on Race, Power, and Critical Thought whose aim is to highlight the research of American Studies & Ethnicity (ASE) core and affiliated faculty and graduate students, and to build community through sustained conversations and workshops.
Speaker: Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante (University of Texas, Austin)
Moderated by: Shana Redmond
Since 1993 to the present, a group of Mapuche activists have aired the bilingual radio show Wixage anai! in Santiago, Chile; on the other side of the Andes, another Mapuche collective, the Equipo de Comunicación Mapurbe, produced and broadcast a series of brief radio programs between 2003 and 2005 in Bariloche, southern Argentina. In this talk, I argue that these radio programs constitute an exercise of indigenous agency that challenges what I call the “acoustic colonialism” of corporate and criollo mass media in both countries. My presentation will illustrate how Mapuche activists creatively use radio as a connective medium among Mapuche communities and a space for the public audibility of their own voices, sounds, and modes of speech.
Sponsored by ASE Indigeneity and Decolonial Research Cluster