Your Return was our Exile: 50 years, we still remember
Verónica (she/her) is researching the Chilean bilingual political exiled children discourse: how Spanish, the Chilean language, culture, and dictatorship traumas in the discourse narrative have been inherited intergenerationally. Her research background is in applied linguistics, which is the perspective she brings into the critical analysis of spoken discourse in the memory studies for the program on Hispanic Culture.
Verónica has a cross-disciplinary view for a better understanding of her research’s historical density that lies behind the discourse of her subjects. Therefore, one part of her research is to analyse Arpilleras through multimodal discourse. It is political art that tells the story of the events that happened in the recent past to visualise the brutality of the Chilean civil-military dictatorship (1973-1990). Through the intramodality approach and critical discourse analysis, her research looks at how the exiled daughters’ memories of living in banishment and their return are represented in the Arpilleras. The presentation of this research contributes to a better understanding of the state of political exile from the perspective of the children – adults now – which invites us to reflect on and respect the reality of events experienced by the victims.
Verónica is working on her research at The University of Edinburgh.
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