Dr Ana Vivaldi

Research Associate

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I am a Research Associate at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Manchester, participating in the project "Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America”. Along with professors  Ignacio Aguiló, Ezequiel Adamovsky and Alejandro Frigerio, we will unpack forms of artistic challenges to racism and changing forms of racial inequality in Argentina.    


My research brings the politics of Indigeneity and race into inquiries into space, the city and mobilities, through a focus on embodiment, affect and gender. Through 18 months of fieldwork for my doctorate, I have traced how urban indigenous people in Buenos Aires confront spatial segregation and racialization by indigenizing the city, and through mobilities linking them to their territories and other urban communities. More recently, I have turned my attention to the formations of race and masculinity in the military, tracing the experience of Indigenous men who have served in the Argentine army. While my scholarship is shaped in conversations with researchers working on Indigeneity and race, spatial politics, gender, and  Latin American studies, my work emerges out of long-term relationships, established in the early 2000s, with Indigenous people and movements in Argentina. The outputs of my work include dialogic writing with Indigenous intellectuals, publications in English- and Spanish-language academic journals, short articles on current affairs, community exhibits. I have written on Indigenous politics in Argentina, the regulation of Indigenous mobilities and the affective imputations to it, racialization of shantytowns and Indigneous bodies in Buenos Aires. I have translated articles from Indigenous, activists and feminist writers and organizations for disseminating in English.    


I did a Licenciatura in Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires (2005), and completed my PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2016, where I taught as an instructor between 2014 and 2019. From 2017 I have been a Research and Visiting Fellow at the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University.     


Research Areas:

Racial, Ethnic and Indigenous Politics. Space and Mobilities. Ethnographic Methodologies. Research in Collaboration. Media Anthropology. Gender and the Body. Social Theory. Latin America.

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