Ana Vivaldi's interdisciplinary research brings politics of indigeneity and race into inquiries on the production of space, (im)mobilities and embodiment. Through the use of ethnographic and visual methodologies, it clarifies questions surrounding indigenous sovereignties, and emergent forms of urban conviviality, in particular, the way mobility among marginalized populations shapes social and spatial assemblages that challenge subordination. Ana has an ongoing interest in exploring the possibilities of ethnographic methodologies and perspective over the social, what has pushed her into critical engagements with Social Theory including. Overall, it contributes to understanding governance and development in Argentina and Latin America, in their intersections with processes of urban formation and spatial mobility with indigeneity and racial relations generated in contexts of economic and political subordination.
Ana has two current research projects. One explores the paradoxical relationship between the Argentinian military’s history of violence against Indigenous sovereignty and the positive experiences of mandatory military service that Toba men report. The other seeks to understand the everyday use of new digital technologies by Toba Indigenous youth in Argentina. This research analyzes the political reconfigurations of both cyber and physical space that new technologies effect.
She conducted ethnographic research among migrant indigenous people in the city of Buenos Aires. Her work shows the importance of spatial mobility and the creation of spatial and social networks, that she calls subaltern assemblages.
Ana sees research, collaboration, writing, and teaching as a continuum. Her past experience on popular education within environmental and indigenous organizations, and in interpretation at the Ethnographic Museum of Buenos Aires, informs my academic interests. Ana has a background in the theories of space and embodiment, political anthropology, indigenous studies and ethnographic and visual methodologies, and media.