Call for applications opens for Pehuén Forest Residences 2024: Ecologies of fire

From October 20 to November 24, professionals and researchers in the arts and natural and social sciences will be able to apply for the next cycle of residencies of Fundación Mar Adentro, co-organized with the Interdisciplinary Center for Research and Artistic Creation of the Universidad la Frontera and the Smart Forests project of the University of Cambridge, which will delve into the multiple socioecological and cultural dimensions of fire, its relationship with forests and ecosystems. The residency will take place between March 11 and April 15, 2024, in the private conservation area of Bosque Pehuén, located in La Araucanía Andina.

Ecologías de fuego

Ecologies of fire is the title of the new call for Bosque Pehuén Residences, focused on the study of the origins of fire, as well as the relationship it maintains with human and more than human life. Through the exchange of knowledge, experiences, field activities, archival research and images, participants will be able to develop a collective investigation on the various epistemologies of fire, its interrelationships with climate change and significance according to worldviews present in the environment. territory of La Araucanía Andina.

The 2024 residency program, co-organized by Fundación Mar Adentro, Interdisciplinary Center for Research and Artistic Creation (CIICA) of the University of De La Frontera, in collaboration with Smart Forest, a research program of the Department of Sociology of the University of Cambridge, seeks to create networks of collaboration and interaction between different disciplines linked to topics relevant to nature conservation.

For five weeks – from March 11 to April 15, 2024 – the participants will carry out field trips in Bosque Pehuén and various areas of the Andean Araucanía, with the purpose of connecting with the territory and nourishing their research and creative processes. . At the end of this period, they will carry out a joint activity among all residents to share their learning and experiences with the community, with the aim of working on socio-ecological conservation strategies to protect ecosystems.

During the various stages of the program, the residents will have the support of members of the Fundación Mar Adentro team and researchers associated with the program, including Agencia de Borde, an artistic research collective; the sociologist and Director of the Media, Culture and Environment program at the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, Jennifer Gabrys; the art historian and academic at the UC Institute of Aesthetics, Sophie Halart; and the Doctor in Geology and academic from the Institute of Earth Sciences of the Austral University of Chile (UaCh), Álvaro González Reyes.

The program will consider days dedicated to a “Field School”, led by the Smart Forests research group in collaboration with Fundación Mar Adentro, to study, create and exchange digital practices related to forests. In this instance, residents will investigate forestry technologies and practices in the context of the environmental problem caused by forest fires.

About Cycle: Ecologies of fire, Bosque Pehuén Residences 2024

The unique combination of oxygen, fuel and heat on Earth is what allows fire to exist, and as far as one can tell, it is the only planet where fire can burn. The origin of the word fuego (fire in Spanish) comes from the Latin focus, which refers to a place of luminescence to cook and heat a home, and its adaptation to old Spanish gave way to the word for home (hogar). People, knowledge, rituals and traditions come together around a fire. In fire there is life, healing, curiosity, knowledge, and a reception of energy. However, there are also scars, destruction, death, and transformation, especially in the context of planetary environmental change.

Fire is one of the many fundamental forces within ecosystems, and fire ecology seeks to study the origins of fire, the factors that influence its spread and intensity, as well as the relationship that fire sustains with human and more-than-human life. For this new cycle of Bosque Pehuén residencies, we invite creative practitioners and researchers to approach the multiple socio-ecological and cultural dimensions of fire, its relationship with forests and the diverse lives present in these ecosystems. Through an exchange of knowledge, excursions, archival and visual research, participants will carry out a collective investigation into the various epistemologies of fire, its interrelationships with climate change, implications derived from a gender and intercultural perspective, and meanings according to various worldviews present in this territory.

Who can apply?

Chileans and foreigners, established professionals and/or young professionals, coming from different disciplines such as visual arts, performing arts, music, design, new media, literature, natural sciences, earth sciences, social sciences (ecology, biology, astronomy) may participate. , anthropology, sociology, geography, data science), among others. Graduate, doctoral or postdoctoral students may also apply.

The selection process will take into account the originality and coherence of the proposal with the theme of this call, its relevance to the territory, as well as the specific research to be carried out and the applicant’s willingness to work in a transdisciplinary way.

After the interviews, a maximum of 4 projects will be selected, one of which will be exclusively for researchers from the Universidad de la Frontera.

Documentation and requirements for the application process:

Application calendar:

  • October 20, 2023: Launch of call and in-person event at Espacio École in Pucón (Gral. Urrutia 592, Pucón, Araucanía) LINK
  • November 24, 2023: Call process closes.
  • December 20, 2023: Pre-selected notification.
  • January 8, 2024: Presentation and telematic interviews of pre-selected projects.
  • January 17, 2024: Notification of selected and non-selected projects.

If you have any questions regarding the program and application, write to