The Madeleine, the Memento and the Accidental Monument


The lecture addresses the subject of diaspora
from an auto-ethnographic perspective:

Defined as a social constructionist project that rejects
the deep-rooted binary oppositions between
the researcher and the researched,
self and others, process and product (Ellingson and Ellis 2008).

It is a ‘layered account’ that makes no attempt to retrospectively
trace the procedural nature of the author´’s research
in any chronological order (Charmaz, 1983).
Instead it adopts a series of objects and
takes these as frames or containers
through which the role of memory
and the world of objects are explored.

The researcher consciously embeds himself
amidst theory and practice
by way of an autobiographic account (McIlveen, 2008).


Margaret Hills de Zárate is
Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader in Art Therapy,
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK.

She studied Drawing and Painting at Grey’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
and received a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from Goldsmith’s College,
the University of London.

M. Ed. (Distinction), The University of Edinburgh. 2006 Ph.D.
Title of Thesis:
The Relationship Between Art and Psychotherapy in Post Revolutionary Cuba
Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Studied group therapy and theory at Scottish Institute of Human Relations.

Also trained in psychodynamic counselling and human relations.
Works internationally.

Margaret Hills de Zárate