JUNE 2024

María Inés Palleiro et al.

"Trends and Topics of Latin American Folk Narrative during the last two centuries: tradition and social changes”

07 June, 2024., at 5 p.m. CET

Speaker's Biography:

Daniel Orlando Díaz Benavides is an Anthropologist with doctoral studies in Social Sciences from the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Perú, with a Master›s degree in Andean Anthropology and in Gender, Sexuality and Public Policies.

Ana María Dupey is an Anthropologist and PhD in Sociology. Professor and researcher at the University of Buenos Aires. Professor of the Postgraduate Diploma in Folklore, Identity and Society (National University of Tucumán, Argentina).

 Fernando Fischman (PhD in Anthropology, Buenos Aires University) teaches at Buenos Aires University. He is a researcher for CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council) at the Institute of Research in Latin American Social Sciences of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences.

 Luciana Hartmann, PhD in Social Anthropology (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil), is a Professor at University of Brasilia, Brazil; visiting scholar at Paris Nanterre Univeristy (2014) and University of Lisbon (2020). 

Renata de Lima Silva (Kabilaewatala), PhD in Arts (State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil), is a Professor at Federal University of Goiás, Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil. S

 Barbara Ivančič Kutin is Research Fellow (PhD) at the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 Maria Ines Palleiro (PhD) is Vice President for Latin America of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR).Senior researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research, professor at Buenos Aires University She is an author of more than two hundred chapters in books, proceedings and articles in indexed publications, and twenty books dealing with Folk Narrative, Social Beliefs and Discourse Analysis.

Alejandra Vidal (PhD, University of Oregon) is a linguist, full professor of Linguistics at the National University of Formosa and Independent Researcher for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) since 2004.

Sabrina Maciel is an advanced student of Letters at the National University of Formosa, Argentina. She has a scholarship from the Interuniversitary National Council (Consejo Interuniversitario Nacional) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Alejandra Vidal.

 Cristian Yáñez Aguilar holds a PhD in Human Sciences, in the field of Discourse and Culture, from the Austral University of Chile (scholarship holder of National Commission of Science and Technology of Chile).

 Mercedes Zavala Gómez del Campo holds a PhD in Hispanic Literature from The College of Mexico A.C. (Colmex). She is a full professor-researcher, since 2006, at the Literature Studies Department at College of San Louis, Mexico ‒ CONACYT (San Luis Potosí, Mexico).


The aim of this lecture is to offer a polyphonic panorama of Latin American folk narrative, through the voices of different researchers from Chile, Perú, Brazil, México and Argentina, connected with an overview of  Latin American folk narrative studies in the last two centuries. This panorama comprises an overview of paradigms, collections, studies and Folk narrative archives in Argentina and Chile; an approach to Latin American indigenous narratives from México, Peruvian Amazonia, Northeastern and Southern Brazil and Northeastern Argentina, as well a study of narratives and performances of migrant groups such as Jewish and Slovenians collected in Argentina. Some  contributions highlight the European  cultural heritage, while others show the relevance of indigenous narratives.  Folk narrative expressions here addressed were both  collected in the fieldwork,  registered in folk narrative collections  and archives, or  retrieved from virtual sources. Some contributions focus the attention on development of folk narrative studies, offering overview of the different trends and topics of folk narrative research in Latin America. Others include narrative texts  and narrative analysis dealing with contemporary global epidemics such as AIDS and Covid.  All of them reflect different verbal aesthetic expressions of local identities framed in narrative forms, either displayed in narrative performances or stored in archives and written collections.

In the first part of this lecture, “Paradigms in Folk Narrative Studies, Collections, Archives”, I will deal with “Argentinian Folktales in the Latin American Context: Collections and  Belief Narratives”, while Ana Dupey will focus her short dissertation in “Folklore Disciplinary Narratives Produced by Scholarly  Community in Argentina. Social Dimension in Focus” and Cristian Yáñez Aguilar, who sent an abstract of his work, will focus the attention in “Traditional Culture and Folklore Science: Two Approaches in the  Discursive Construction of the Cultural Field of Folklore in Chile”. In the second part, regarding “Indigenous narratives”, Daniel Díaz Benavides will speak about “Folkloric Narratives of the Peruvian Amazon”, and Mercedes Zavala Gómez del Campo will  deal with “How to Study Folktales and Legends  From Oral Indigenous Heritage of México”. Luciana Hartmann and Renata de Lima Silva, from Brazil, sent an abstract of their research about “Between Borders and Crossroads: the  Performance of Orality in Different Brazilian Bodies and Contexts”, while Alejandra Vidal and Sabrina Maciel sent as well a summary of their work dealing with “Narratives of Pilagá Native Societies in the Argentinian  Context”. In the last part of this lecture, dealing with “ Migration narratives”, Fernando Fischman will speak about “Jewish Traditions in a Latin American Background. Enacting an  Intercultural Diaspora in the Context of Argentine Identity Politics” and Barbara Ivančič Kutin, about  “Elements of Latin American Culture in the (Folk) Narratives of  Slovenes in Argentina”

The goal of  drawing a multicultural map of Latin American communities through folk narrative expressions, whose distinctive feature is the coexistence of vernacular and indigenous narratives with narrative folk expressions from migrant and Créole groups, will be be reached thanks to the collaboration of Latin American colleagues, with some of which I have the pleasure of sharing this lecture. Since others cannot be present, I will offer a short abstract of their research work and their research interests. All the contributions show  the  richness and complexity of Latin American folk narrative.