The Inaugural Class was in charge of the anthropologist and academic of the Department of Education of the ULS, Dr. Érika Zúñiga, who presented: `` The Original Peoples in the Educational Stories of the Nation ''.
In the Pentagon Hall of the Andrés Bello Campus, the inauguration ceremony of the 2014 academic year of the Interdisciplinary Master of Latin American Studies, MIEL, a high-level study program of the University of La Serena, with a marked research focus, was held The purpose of interdisciplinary optics is to generate knowledge and train scientists in the space of the humanities, with a view to contributing to the integral sociocultural development in Latin America.
This program aims to stimulate high-level study of Latin American reality, from an interdisciplinary perspective, with the axis of studies as letters. The MIEL field of study is organized around the semiological analysis of the diverse cultural traditions of Latin America and the transformations that have conditioned its contemporary reality.
"The MIEL program seeks to account for the semantization of the daily cultural practices of individuals and collectivities, of institutions, of subjectivities of movements and processes," said the director of the Interdisciplinary Master of Latin American Studies, Dr. Cristián Noemi.
With the purpose of contributing to this task whose main expression is dozens of theses, scientific articles, research projects, Logos magazine, dozens of prestigious visiting professors, talented candidates, among others, the anthropologist and academic of the Department of Education of the ULS, Dr. Érika Zúñiga, gave the Inaugural Class: `` The Original Peoples in the Educational Stories of the Nation '', thesis work of his Doctorate in which he addressed the indigenous contribution to the colonial economy, confronting the school texts of History of Chile (1845-2012), with the testimony of Hernando de Santillán (1557-1561). As the teacher commented, the study sought to demonstrate the existence in the school texts of the prejudice that the indigenous in Chile would not present the conditions to adapt to the colonizing economy, and their `` laziness '' appears to be strongly associated with this. In the work the school text was conceived as a cultural tool of the republican State to promote the national ethos, the analysis focused on the economic role of the indigenous as a counterweight to the warlike image of the Conquest and sought to observe the origin, development and persistence of negative stereotypes about indigenous people.
In the opening ceremony of the academic year 2014 of HONEY, the academic vice-rector, Dr. Jorge Catalán, were present on behalf of the Rector, Dr. Nibaldo Avilés; the postgraduate and postgraduate director, Dr. Jorge Rojas; academics, candidates for Master and students of the University of La Serena.