Universidad Andrés Bello Professor Wins First Place in Fondecyt

Mauro Basaure, professor at the school of social sciences at Universidad Andrés Bello won first place in the social sciences category of the Fondecyt for his project “Disputes and Forms of Memory. A Sociological Analysis on the controversy surrounding the Museum of Memory and Human Rights”.

“There is no doubt that this is a major achievement. It tells you that you are doing well and exceeding the highest standards. You feel validated by your colleagues and earn the certainty that you have selected a relevant topic and are approaching it in a scientifically sound manner,”

said Basaure regarding the important recognition.

The researcher explains that his project is a study of the relationship between memory and politics. “This paper is about politics create different preconceptions about society and our understanding of the past, specifically the memory of the coup and dictatorship in Chile. And how these discourses are in conflict,” he says.

In terms of methodology, the sociologist shared that he has studied the grammar used to describe the struggles of memories and controversy that have defined the Museum of Memory and Human Rights since its inauguration.

In 2013, 1,286 projects were nominated for Fondecyt and 581 (45.2% of the total) received funding. The draft prepared by Mauro Basaure scored a 4.767, ranking it in 1st place in Group I, Study of Sociology CS, which received 53 proposal (23 were approved).

Importance and Impact 

According to the professor’s findings, future projects are linked and society emerges from their past and the story of that past. “Trying to find an enlightened and impartial way to resolve the conflict in memory is another way for society to confront the possible and impossible and give them a story that allows for integration,” he says.

“Disputes and Forms of Memory. A Sociological Analysis on the controversy surrounding the Museum of Memory and Human Rights” , covers disputes about the memory of Chile and does so by analyzing the different positions, trying to show the points at which the conflict is still open.

This way “the debate about memory in Chile, as well as the role of institutions in dealing with it, can be focused on the ways it is addressed and placed in the context of a conflict whose structure is more complex and deeper than it appears on the surface ,” explains Basaure.