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Cristian Orrego Rivera

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International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future'

PhD Candidate

Project: "The relevance of voodoo in the formation of the Haitian nation, and in the production of symbolic capital of the Haitian community in Chile"

Education

Since 09/2020

PhD Candidate in Latin American Studies, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

03/2016 – 12/2018

Master in Sociology, Universidad de Chile.

03/2012 – 12/2012

Diploma in Ethnicity and Contemporary Indigenous Movementes, Universidad de Chile

03/2009 – 12/2009

Diploma in Regional Integration, Universidad de Chile.

March 2002 – 12/2009

Bachelor in Political Sciences, Universidad de Chile.

 

Work Experience

Since 06/2020

Researcher, Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM).

10/2014 – 12/2020

Researcher, Centro Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Demografía (CELADE), de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).

03/2020 – 12/2020

Researcher, Proyect CONICYT “Migraciones contemporáneas en Chile: desafíos para la democracia, la ciudadanía global y el acceso a los derechos para la no discriminación”, Universidad de Chile.

03/2019 – 12/2020

Researcher and Coordinator, Centro de Desarrollo Social (CEDESOC), Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana (UTEM), Chile.

12/2019 – 02/2020

Consultant, Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID).

03/2016 – 09/2018

Consultant of Immigration Policy and Coordinator of the Technical Council of Immigration Policy, Chile.

02/2015 – 02/2016

Researcher, Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (INE), Chile.

02/2013 – 09/2014

Lead of International Cooperation, Fundación América Solidaria Haití. 

 

Proyect: "The relevance of voodoo in the formation of the haitian nation, and in the production of symbolic capital of the Haitian community in Chile"


The research project seeks to know the social representations of voodoo by the haitian community in Chile, its relationship with the process of shaping the haitian nation, and its relevance in the production of symbolic capital. The process of symbolic construction is analyzed, which begins with the conquest of the “Nuevo Mundo”, continues with slavery, and extends to the present day.

The research addresses the study of Haitian voodoo from two perspectives: one, linked to its relevance in the slave liberation process that achieved Haiti's independence, and that makes voodoo, today, relevant in the formation of the haitian nation; and another, linked to the imputation of signifiers of barbarism and savagery, which make voodoo a taboo subject for haitians themselves, hindering their recognition and self-recognition.

Finally, the process of arrival and reproduction of the Haitian community in Chile is analyzed, and in particular, the representations that make Haitian voodoo as an identity element in two ways: as a potential cohesive in the form of symbolic capital that is translated in social and community practices, and as a potential risk for the process of integration into the receiving society.

Chapters (selection)

Orrego, C. and Arellano, C. (2021). Sello Migrante or Restrictive Hospitality: The Case of the Commune or Quilicura in Santiago de Chile.. In: L. Faret and H. Sanders, ed., Cities protecting migrants: Shifting dynamics of sanctuary policy in the Americas. Páginas: 155-182. Swintzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, Politics of Citizenship & Migration series.

Articles (selection)

Orrego, C. (2020). La crisis como causal de retorno en la migración: estallido social, pandemia y el mito del sueño chileno. En: Los retos de un retorno digno y la corresponsabilidad desde los países de origen. AESCO, España.

 

Orrego, C. y Herrera, C. (2019). Política migratoria y violencia institucional: análisis biopolítico del caso chileno. Revista Némesis, 15, 51-75.

 

Orrego C. y Martínez J. (2015). Retorno en la migración: una mirada a sus múltiples facetas. Revista Latinoamericana de Población (RELAP), Serie Investigaciones N°16, 25-54.

 

Martínez J. y Orrego C. (2015). Nuevas tendencias y dinámicas migratorias en América Latina y el Caribe. Santiago de Chile: Serie Población y Desarrollo. CEPAL, Naciones Unidas.

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