Pablo Seward Delaporte

Pablo Seward Delaporte
Affiliation Years
Senior Seminar Coordinator
Dissertation Title
Dwelling in Vulnerability: The Politics of Migrant Life in Chile

Pablo (he/him) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology. His research is situated at the intersections of medical and psychological anthropology, urban geography, and social history, with a focus on processes of migration, urbanization, and racialization in Chile and the Americas more broadly. He focuses on how lived experiences of vulnerability are configured around forms of mobility, dwelling, and relationality in marginalized urban spaces.

Pablo’s dissertation project focuses on tensions between lived experiences of vulnerability and normative constructions of livable space through the lens of self-built migrant settlements in Antofagasta, Chile. State officials seeking to resettle migrants assume that “vulnerability” is addressed by “eradicating” spaces where vulnerable forms of life take place. Yet, for migrant women community leaders, vulnerable conditions in their settlements are entangled with emplaced relations, organizations, and practices that provide relative stability to their lives.