Structural violence and inequality

Criminal violence and urban insecurity

Political, ethnic violence and radicalization

Document, analyze and theorize practices of political and ethnic radicalization and violence, state exceptionalism and human rights violations.

Associate Researchers

Hugo Rojas

Hugo Rojas has a PhD in Sociology from the Oxford University. He is Director at the Department of Law Sciences within the Law Faculty of the Alberto Hurtado University as well as adjunct professor of the Political Science Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He is also a researcher for the Interdisciplinary Program  on Memory and Human Rights Research at the Alberto University.

His research focuses on humans rights, transitional justice and the modernization of justice. Hugo is author of “El Principio de la Multiculturalidad” (2002), co author of “Litigación Oral en el Nuevo Proceso Penal “(2005) and “Derechos Humanos y Libertad Sindical” (2009). He is also co-author of two other in press books:  Litigación Penal Estratégica en Juicios Orales (2021) y Human Rights and Transitional Justice in Chile (2021) .

Marcela Cornejo

Marcela Cornejo has a PhD in Psychological Sciences from Université de Louvain and is currently Director at the School of Psychology School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She also participates in the Center for Conflict and Social Cohesion Studies (COES).

Her areas of research vary from subjects related to psychosocial trauma  from political violence; individual and collective processes of elaboration; collective and biographical memory and logics and practices of qualitative social research.

She has collaborated in the production of publications on said subjects in various articles such as “Border Selves: Experiences, Positions, and Inner-Others from the Spanish-Moroccan Border” (2021); ”The Role of Family in the Intergenerational Transmission of Collective Action” (2020); and “Tell me your story about the Chilean dictatorship: When doing memory is taking position” (2020).

Andrés Kalawski

Andrés Kalawski has a PhD in History from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and is an associate professor of School of Drama of the same university. His work encompasses dramaturgical production and research as well research on Chilean history and performativity. He is a part of the Millennium Nucleus Art, Performance and Activism (NMAPA) and is currently main researcher for the FONDECYT project. Lectura genética de dramaturgia chilena de la primera mitad del siglo XX”.

As of recently, he has  launched the plays “Mistral, Gabriela, 1945” (2019) and “Incentivos Perversos” (2018). His research culminated in book chapters and articles such as Chronotopes of Truth and Memory in Post-Coup Chilean Theatre” (2017); “Mi dulce, mi querido, mi bello teatro crítica”: Diálogo sobre la función del teatro y la crítica desde el Chile actual” (2018) and “Una bohemia muy decente: las familias en el primer volumen de la Antología Un siglo de dramaturgia chilena 1910 – 2010” (2018).

Oriana Bernasconi

Oriana Bernasconi has a PhD in sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and is currently an associate professor at the Department of Sociology of the Alberto Hurtado University. She co-directs the Interdisciplinary Program of Memory and Human Rights Research at Alberto Hurtado University, is the main researcher of the FONDECYT “Más allá del paradigma de la víctima: genealogías de dispositivos de performación de sujetos de la violencia política. Chile, 1973-2018” and director of the project Anillos-PIA-ANID “Political Technologies of Memory: Contemporary uses and appropriation of past human rights violations registry devices in Chile”.

Her main research interests are political violence and documentality, sociology of the subject, sociology of morality and post-structural social theory.  Her latest book are Resistance to Political Violence in Latin America: Documenting Atrocity” (2019) – “Documentar la atrocidad. Resistir el Terrorismo de Estado” (2020) and her latest report for the general public is “Archives of Violence: Case Studies from South America” in collaboration with Goldsmiths College. 

Rodrigo Mardones

Rodrigo Mardones has a PhD in Political Science from New York University. He’s an associate professor at the Political Science Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, a member of the Center of Politics and Practices on Education (CEPPE) and of the Universitary Network for Fraternity Studies (RUED)

His main research interests are Chilean politics, public policies, educational policies and the ethics of public policies. Amongst his main publications there are the edition of the book  “La Columna Vertebral Fracturada: Revisitando Intermediarios Políticos en Chile” (2017) with Juan Pablo Luna, the authorship of the book Fraternidad y Educación. Un Principio para la Formación Ciudadana y la Convivencia Democrática (2012)  and the book chapter “The politics of citizenship education in Chile”  of The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education”

Helene Risor

Helene Risør has a PhD in Anthropology from Copenhagen University. She is associate professor at the Shchool of Anthropology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and main researcher at the Center for Indigenous and Intercultural Research (CIIR). She is also associate adjunct professor at Copenhagen University.  

Dr.Risor research focuses on the relations between subjectivation, politics and violence. She has carried extensive field work in andean Bolivia and Chile about experiences of insecurity, crime and self-served justice, formal and informal expressions of citizenship and relations between citizens and the State, including studies about law enforcement. 

She is currently carrying out research about the social life of reparatory politics in the context of demoratic state formation in Chile. The results of her research are available in various publications. Amongst the more recent there are “Civil victimhood: Citizenship, human rights and securitization in post-dictatorship Chile” (2018);  ‘Interculturalism as treason’: policing, securitization, and neoliberal state formation in Southern Chile” (2018)  “Overflow: The experience of an escalating chi’xi revolution in Bolivia” (2020)

Salvador Millaleo

Salvador Millaleo has a PhD in sociology from Bielefeld University in Germany. He is an assistant professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Chile and is a researcher for both the Center of Human Rights and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity. 

His research interests are human rights, enviromental rights and indigineous people rights, as well as the relation between law and technology, critical law theory and juridical sociology. 

His current research focuses on plurinationality and the political rights of indigenous people, it also focuses on nature as a subject of rights as a resolution for environmental conflicts. 

Amongst his most relevant research products there are the book chapters “Los derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas como derecho a pertenecer a la naturaleza y el reconocimiento constitucional en Chile” from the book Una perspectiva constitucional del medio ambiente (2019) and  “Digital Activism and the Mapuche Nation” from the book Digital Activism in Chile, as well as the article Guarda de la Naturaleza: Conocimientos Ecológicos Tradicionales de los Pueblos Indígenas y Estrategias de Protección” (2020)

José Manuel Fernandez

José Manuel Fernandez has a PhD in Law from the University of Glasgow and is an associate professor at the Alberto Hurtado University. His research interests are theory and philosophy of criminal law, intimate violence and multiculturalism. He is currently the main researcher of a FONDECYT project about domestic violence.

Marjorie Murray

Marjorie Murray has a PhD in Anthropology from University College London. She is an associate professor and Director of the School of Anthropology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.  She is also a main researcher at the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research (CIIR),  adjunct researcher at Millennium Nucleus Art, Performance and Activism (NMAPA)  and the Ethnography of Neoliberalism and Aspiration Center (ENA).

She researched material culture for her PhD dissertation and currently investigates women’s subjectivity, care and everyday life in various contexts in Chile.

The products associated to her research are multiple articles and book chapters, amongst them “Nobody’s Perfect: Making sense of a parenting skills workshop through ethnographic research in a low-income neighbourhood in Santiago de Chile, “Persona autónoma, volición y participación durante la socialización temprana: un diálogo entre el modelo LOPI y hallazgos etnográficos en un contexto Mapuche.” and “Beyond cash, beyond conditional: Ingreso Ético Familiar  and the senses of poverty in a group of Mapuche women”.

Adjunct Researchers

Piergirgio Di Giminiani

Piergiorgio Di Giminiani has a PhD in Anthropology from University College London. He is an associate professor at the School of Anthropology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, main researcher for the Center of Intercultural and Indigenous Research (CIIR) and adjunct researcher for the Centro Anillo Ethnography of Neoliberalism and Aspiration.

His current research explores the material and ideological aspects of reparation; the historic relation between settler colonialism and conservation of border areas in southern Chile; transformative processes activated by micro-entrepreneurship public policies in Santiago and center-northern Chile; nationalism and cosmopolitanism contemporary journeys of work reactivation and agricultural entrepreneurship in center-southern Italy. 

Amongst his most recent publications there are the collaborative articles Can natives be settlers? Indigenous displacement and settlement under settler colonialism in the Mapuche frontier region” (2021); “Translating environments: translation and indeterminacy in  the making of natural resources” (2020)  and the book “Sentient lands: indigeneity, property and political imagination in neoliberal Chile”.

Alfonso Donoso

Alfonso Donoso has a PhD in Politics from New York University. He is an associate professor at the Political Science Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and researcher for the  Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich.

His current research is oriented to the development of two books. The first explores the idea of a non-anthropocentric  State, where he elaborates a frame for action state legitimacy funded upon basic justice principles and the institutionalization of an ethic of care. His second book focuses on the problematic relation between human animals and non-human animals from a political philosophy and ethical perspective.

His most recent publications are the book chapters “Towards a New Framework for Rights of the Biotic Community” in “Rights of Nature: A Reexamination” (2021); “New Politics: Sovereignty, Representation, and the Nonhuman” in “Changes. Ethics, Politics and Environment in the Contemporary Technological World” (2021) and the article Valor Intrínseco en Antártica” (2021).

Young Researchers

Fernando Pairican

Fernando Pairicán has a PhD in History from the University of Santiago of Chile.  He is an academic at the University of Santiago de Chile, Diego Portales University and Alberto Hurtado University he also holds a post doc position at the Center for Intercultural and Ingenous Research of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

His main research interests are XIX century mapuche history, the autonomist mapuche movement and the current chilean constitutional prcess. His postdoctoral project is focused upon liberal governements’ indigenous policies and mapuche resistance. It also focuses in the dynamics of the mapuche movement and its relation with the Estado. His most importante publications are the books “lToqui: Guerra y Tradición en el siglo XIX” (2020); “Wallmapu: Plurinacionalidad y Nueva Constitución” (2019); “La Biografía de Matías Catrileo” (2018) y “Malon. La rebelión del movimiento mapuche” (2014). He is a columnist for CIPER Académico, Le Monde Diplomatique Chile and The Clinic as a part of his outreach activities and as a critical intelectual.

Carla Alberti

Carla Alberti has a PhD in Political Science from Brown University. She is an assistant professor at the Political Science Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Her main research interests are indigenous politics, parties-movements and illegal economies and violence. She is currently a part of two Fondecyt projects: her own Fondecyt called “Party- movements in Comparative Perspective: Social Organizations and Indigenous Parties in Latin America” and is a co-researcher for Juan Pablo Luna’s Fondecyt “Corruption, violence, or both? The political economy of organized crime in “low- violence” settings”.

Her most recent publications are the articles endered Bureaucracies: Women Mayors and the Size and Composition of Local Governments” (2021); Populist Multiculturalism in the Andes: Balancing Political Control and Societal Autonomy” (2019) y “Getting Prepared to be Prepared: How Interpersonal Skills aid Fieldwork in Challenging Contexts” (with Nicole Jenne) (2019).