Óscar Muñoz Morán is a lecturer in the Department of American Anthropology at the Complutense University of Madrid. He has been guest researcher and/or lecturer at CIESAS Guadalajara (Mexico), Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico), San Antonio Abad University in Cuzco (Peru) and the San Pablo Bolivian Catholic University (Bolivia), among others. He has published Permanencia en el tiempo. Antropología de la historia en la comunidad purépecha de Sevina and coordinated Tiempo, espacio y entidades tutelares. Representaciones del pasado en América. He has undertaken ethnographic research in Mexico and Bolivia, where he is currently interested in the indigenous forms of representing the past and their ontological manifestations.
Research at MEDIOS
In 2006, the Indigenous Peoples’ Radio Network (RPO) was created in Bolivia. Conceived by the then recently elected president Evo Morales as a network of indigenous community radio stations, it aims to transform the country’s traditional radio stations into alternative voices. Eleven years later a polarisation exists between media aligned with the government (among which are RPO) and media that are critical or at least distanced from the official discourse.
This research aims to analyse the discourse and stems from the content of some of this second class of media which, while we cannot call them indigenous, are directed at and listened to mainly by the rural population, speakers of Quechua or Aymara.
The analysis will build on the hypothesis that the decolonising movement set in motion by the government has resonated in some of these media, not so much as a commitment to specific policies, but rather by the adoption of a discourse towards the indigenous population that reproduces certain items committed to ethnic empowerment. In Bolivia as in no other country, decolonisation has become a force for action with a presence in all spheres of society. So a Vice-Ministry of Decolonisation has been created. The Ministry of Communication likewise speaks of “decolonising the media”. To speak of decolonisation is to stigmatise what is indigenous and what is non-indigenous. It therefore establishes a categorisation of the indigeneity of Bolivian society.
I will take Radio ACLO in the administrative departments of Chuquisaca and Potosí as a sample to verify this hypothesis.
Gemma Orobitg Canal is a tenured lecturer in the University of Barcelona’s Social Anthropology Department. Coordinator of the Indigenous Media project.
Pedro Pitarch Ramón is chair of American Anthropology at the Complutense University of Madrid (American History Department II).
Julián López García is a chair in the Social Anthropology Department at the UNED.
Tenured lecturer in the Social Anthropology Department at the University of Barcelona
Juan Antonio Flores is an associate lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Talavera de la Reina, University of Castilla-La Mancha.
Beatriz Pérez Galán is a tenured lecturer of Anthropology at the National University of Distance Learning (UNED).
Francisco Miguel Gil García is an associate lecturer in the American History Department II at the Complutense University of Madrid.
Roger Canals is a senior lecturer in the Social Anthropology Department at the University of Barcelona.
Gemma Celigueta is a junior lecturer in the Social Anthropology Department at the University of Barcelona.
Gabriel Izard is a junior lecturer in the Social Anthropology Department at the University of Barcelona.
Rafael Franco Coelho is a pre-tenured lecturer at the Information and Communications Faculty at the Federal University of Goiás (FIC-UFG, Brazil)
Carmen Laura Paz Reverol is a tenured lecturer at the University of Zulia.
Marta Pons is a predoctoral researcher in the Social Anthropology Department at the University of Barcelona.