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Macarena Gomez-Barris

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Macarena Gomez-Barris (currently on leave from IRG) is associate professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity. Her research interests focus on memory, culture, and power. Her book Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile, examines the memory politics of representation and culture in the aftermath of Chile's dictatorship (UC Press 2009). She is co-editor of Toward a Sociology of the Trace (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), which questions national identity by investigating the creation of memory and meaning. Her new project elaborates a discussion of cultural memory and social inequality by analyzing representations of indigenous cosmologies and ideologies in the Americas. One aspect of this project analyzes the global spiritual tourist industry, particularly in Cuzco, Peru.

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