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June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
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Wednesday, June 14 • 18:00 - 20:00
Promoting Resilience through MECIR: Community-Based Qualitative Research with Mapuche Families Facing Overlapping Disasters - Devin G. Atallah

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Exploring and Promoting Resilience through MECIR: Community-Based Qualitative Research with Mapuche Families Facing Overlapping Disasters
Presenter: Devin G. Atallah (National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management (CIGIDEN), Chile)
Introduction: Exploring and Promoting Resilience through MECIR (Mapuche Equipo Comunitario de Investigación de la Resiliencia), is a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) project that focuses on understanding and promoting resilience in Mapuche communities - the most populous first nation of Chile.
Methods: Chile is marked by the recurrence of socionatural disasters, including earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and tsunamis. Resilience in Mapuche communities, however, is not only marked by ‘rapid onset’ disasters, but also by systematic marginalization and daily ‘slow onset’ sociopolitical disasters such as: histories of settler colonization and ongoing structural racisms. Therefore, this presentation explores how the MECIR project contributes to re-conceptualizations of resilience from indigenous perspectives exploring historically- and contextually-informed community protective pathways.
Findings: MECIR connects knowledge with action by engaging in community outreach and intervention recommendations through asset mapping. This presentation shares preliminary findings from MECIR, particularly initial community outreach and asset mapping processes, contributing to understandings of resilience, community engagement strategies, and decolonial qualitative methods with indigenous communities through a CBPR approach.

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Devin Atallah

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Chilean National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management (CIGIDEN)
Devin G. Atallah, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow at CIGIDEN in Santiago, Chile. His published work focuses on trauma and resilience processes in children, youth, and families from marginalized communities and racialized and indigenous groups facing significant adversities such as... Read More →


Wednesday June 14, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Century City Conference Centre Western Cape Town, South Africa

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