2017 Thinking Andean Studies Conference

Call for Papers

2nd Thinking Andean Studies Conference

The aim of the second edition of this gathering is to develop an interdisciplinary network of scholars working in the growing field of Andean Studies, as well as to help foster a mentoring relationship between established and emerging scholars. The event will provide a space for participants to share their research through paper presentations and roundtable discussions, showcasing the increasing number of scholars in the US conducting research in and about the Andes. Moreover, we hope to investigate whether it is possible to theorize a voice “from the Andes,” which might include rural and urban areas of Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia, as well as certain areas of Argentina and Chile, and engage in a wide distribution of topics.

In addition, the event also aims to connect scholarship with initiatives of indigenous language and culture advocates. In this spirit, a range of Quechua advocates will present on topics that explore the intersections of indigenous languages of the Andes and media and activism, language pedagogy, literature, performance and community organizing.

During the previous edition of “Thinking Andean Studies” in 2015, the event featured 25 panel speakers, including professors and graduate students, representing 19 universities, from 3 countries (USA, Peru, Spain). It also counted with the presence of activists and advocates from 4 US states (NY, PA, MA, FL) and from Peru.

Call for Papers

Papers may be in both English and Spanish. Papers from any theoretical perspective and examining any aspect of the Andes are welcome, including but not restricted to: cultural studies, cultural policy, literature, indigenous studies, language planning and policy, bilingual education, decolonization, colonial studies, anthropology, sociology, cultural heritage, political science, linguistics, media studies, critical race theory, ethnomusicology, and history. Ideally, papers will engage in some fashion with the question of whether Andean Studies could constitute a theoretical perspective beyond a focus on a given geographic region.

Please submit a paper title and 200-250 words abstract to Marlen Rosas at mrosas@sas.upenn.edu . Responses will be made available by December 11th to all who submitted.


2017 Thinking Andean Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, February 10-11, 2017

Keynote Speaker

Cecilia Méndez

(Associate Professor, UC Santa Barbara)

Keynote speaker Abstract:

Like other American countries after independence,  Peru was engulfed in civil wars throughout the nineteenth century. But the memories of these wars did not shape national political identities in twentieth-century Peru as they did  in, say, twentieth-century Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, or the  United States. Rather, the memories of Peru’s nineteenth century civil wars have been overshadowed by  those of  the War of the Pacific that Peru lost to Chile (1879-1883), and the uprising lead by Túpac Amaru II in 1780-181.

Despite having occurred four decades before the establishment of Peru’s national state, the Túpac Amaru rebellion can be studied as a civil war by virtue of its lingering effects in the country’s memory.  But insofar as it was, for the most part, a repressed  memory, it was not integrated into an open, explicitly political discourse at the national level, at least until the 1960s.  My presentation analyzes the silencing and  memories of the Túpac Amaru rebellion and subsequent –mostly indigenous– rebellions (1780-1815)  as they manifested themselves in popular and  historiographical narratives from shortly after they occurred. It postulates that the erasure of these uprisings from the earliest  foundational historiographical  narratives of the nation cannot be interpreted as forgetfulness but  rather as an uneasiness toward their violent character. Yet, it was not violence per se that unsettled the dominant historiography, as much its remembrance in “ethnic” terms. Put it other words: the rebellion of Túpac Amaru  was not silenced because it was violent but because it evoked, in mostly Creole writers, the idea of  Indians exerting violence.

My ultimate goal is to decipher a seeming paradox; to wit, how the very country that produced both the major anti-Spanish colonial insurgency in Spanish America prior to the wars of independence, and the bloodiest Marxists guerrilla in the 20th century, crafted one of the most conservative –“insurgency averse” – historical narratives of national foundation in the continent.





Department of Spanish and Portuguese





Friday, February 10th
10:30am Registration and Opening Remarks
ROOM 3C-4 (David Rittenhouse Laboratory Building, 3rd Floor)

– Panel Session 1
Epistemologies of Decolonization
11am to 12:15pm | ROOM 3C-4 (David Rittenhouse Laboratory Building, 3rd Floor)
Indigenous Research in the Andes: Decolonial Potentials and Academic Justice
Gabe Sanchez (SUNY Albany)
Making Visible the Present/Seeing What’s Already There: Amuyt’aña y Luraña en dos prácticas
recientes de Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
Caroline Shipley (Ohio State University)
The Legal and Ethnic Power of Nuestra Señora, the ‘Mother of the Indians’: Andeans’
Translating: Possession in the Colonial Pueblos de Indios.
Alcira Dueñas (Ohio State University, Newark)

– Panel Session 2 (Parallel Session)
2A) Rhythms and Narratives
12:30pm to 1:30pm | ROOM 3C-4 (David Rittenhouse Laboratory Building, 3rd Floor)
New Voices, New Narrative spaces: Fighting Injustice with Fantasy
Kimberly E Contag, (Minnesota State University-Mankato)

The Jergacumu: A lost History migration and memory found in the song and dance of the Yauyos mitmaqcuna of Peru
Candy Hurtado (Florida Atlantic University) & Mariluz Hurtado (Kingston University London)

2B)Voices, Languages and Education

12:30pm to 1:30pm | ROOM 3C-8 (David Rittenhouse Laboratory Building, 3rd Floor)

Making Indigenous languages relevant: the instruction of Quechua in universities Americo Mendoza-Mori (University of Pennsylvania)

“Youth , language and othering in the Quechua classroom” Frances Kvietok Dueñas (University of Pennsylvania)


1:45pm to 3 pm. | Nevil Room (Penn Museum)

– Panel Session 3 (Parallel Session)

3A) Andean Identity in Tension and Transition

3pm to 4:20pm | Nevil Room (Penn Museum)

Lo propio americano. Lo andino en la Revista Americana de Buenos Aires (1929-1939) José Carlos Salinas (Washington University St. Louis)

Economía y sentimiento: las tensiones capitalistas en Aves sin Nido Mercedes Victoria Mayna Medrano (Univeristy of Pennsylvania)

Pensar la ‘nación indiana’: sujeto y comunidad en la escritura de los memoriales indígenas delsiglo XVIII
José Eduardo Cornelio (Ursinus College)

3B) Andean Contemporary Poetic Praxis and Ideological Formations in the Southern Cone

3pm to 4:45pm | Widener Room (Penn Museum)

La poesía peruana de vanguardia en la revista Amauta (1926-1931) de José Carlos Mariátegui Róger Santiváñez (Temple University)


Más allá de fronteras: lenguaje e identidad en “i tu” de Cecilia Vicuña Silvia Goldman (DePaul University)

Hacia una ética de la representación: arquitectura de la imagen en la producción poética y las artes visuales.
Sarli E. Mercado (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

1970-2000: De la hegemonía de lo conversacional a la diversidad de registros poéticos Carlos Villacorta Gonzales (University of Maine)

– Panel Session 4 (Invited Panel I)

5pm to 6:30pm | Nevil Room (Penn Museum)

Andean and Amazonian “Ecologies of Knowledge and Meaning” as Pedagogical and Programmatic Model
Michelle Wibbelsman (Ohio State University)

Andean Studies from the Periphery: Researching Andina Women, Resilience, and Education in Ticapampa, Peru
Laura A. Valdiviezo (UMass-Amherst)

Surviving the Trauma of Conquest Through Art: The Jesuits, Diego Tito Quispe and Anonymous artists
Martín Carrión (University of the Sciences)

Discussant: Marie Escalante


6:30 pm | Temporary Exhibition Gallery (Penn Museum)

Kuyayky concert and Tribute ceremony

7pm to 8pm | Widener Lecture Room (Penn Museum)

Edda Bonilla and José Luis Hurtado, founders of the Miami-based Kuyayky Foundation, will be recognized for their life trajectory on promoting Andean Heritage around the world.
Natives of Jauja, Junín (Central Peruvian Andes), Bonilla and Hurtado have educated generations of musicians, dancers and scholars in different ways: working on music revitalization projects in the Andes, partnering with organizations to support migrant communities in South Florida, starting children’s orchestras in Miami and Jauja, raising awareness on the relevance of Andean heritage in today’s world.


Saturday, February 11th


8:30am to 9am | Penn Museum

– Panel Session 5 (Parallel Session)

5A ) Indigenous Community Politics and Insurgency

9:00am to 10:15am. | Nevil Room (Penn Museum)

Andean space, indigeneity and the state. The Puno Tambopata Project 1956-1966. Cayetana Adrianzen (New York University)

All Politics is Local: Decentralization and Government Performance across Bolivian. Mariana Giusti-Rodríguez (Cornell University)

“La mujer no es apolítica e indiferente”: the Role of Women in Sendero Luminoso. Leah Cargin (Minnesota State University, Mankato)

5B) Hybrid Voices

9:00am to 10:15am. | Widener Room (Penn Museum)

Pensar en quechua y escribir en español, letras indígenas en el Perú Colonial. Ana María Ferreira (University of Indianapolis)

Speaking about Hybridity… Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala’s Sway in Postcolonial Andean Theory. Annick Benavides (Harvard University)

Quechua lyric and national consciousness in Arguedas’ Todas las sangres. Scotland Long (University of Pennsylvania)

– Panel Session 6 (Parallel Session)

6A) Hispanidad and its Echoes

10:30 am to 11:45 am | Nevil Room (Penn Museum)

“Orfeo con su voz mudada”: ecos andinos en la práctica de la Academia Antártica. Víctor Sierra Matute (University of Pennsylvania)


(Des)apropiación y topología en las reescrituras coloniales contemporáneas de Colombia y Perú. Juan Carlos Rozo (University of Houston)

Post-Colonial Colonials: Spanish Migrants to 21st Century Lima. Diego Arispe-Bazán (University of Pennsylvania)

6B) Performing Devotion in the Andes

10:30 am to 11:45am | Widener Room (Penn Museum)

Revolutionary Gospel in Teatro de los Andes and La Compañia de Teatro de Albuquerque. Eduardo Luís Campos Lima (Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil)

Troubling the Pentecostal pursuit of “modernity” in Cusco, Peru. Emilie Egger (Yale University)

Religious crossdressing: The figure of the imilla in Paucartambo. Enzo E. Vásquez Toral (Princeton University)

– Andean Language and Cultural Advocates Lunchtime Roundtable

12:00pm – 1:30pm | Widener Room (Penn Museum)

  • Gringo Kullki: Sucres to Dollars in Ecuador (Film and Presentation) Prof. Regina Harrison (University of Maryland)
  • Running the First Kichwa-Language Radio Show in the United States Kichwa Hatari

– Panel Session 7 (Invited Panel II): Thinking Andean Studies Through Bolivian History

2:00pm to 3 pm | Nevil Room (Penn Museum)

Framing and Disseminating the Indian Law and Toribio Miranda’s Jaqi Nationalism. Waskar Ari (University of Nebraska)

Bolivia Revisited: Reflections on scholarship in the post-structuralist era. Brooke Larson (SUNY, Stoney Brook)

Discussant: Christopher Heaney

– Panel Session 8 (Invited Panel III)

3:15pm to 4:45pm | Widener Room (Penn Museum)

Indigenous Movements in the Eye of the Hurricane. Marc Becker (Truman State University)

‘Cuánto me costó aceptar a Santiago como una huaca’: The Andean Politics of the Gods Choosing Us. Oswaldo Hugo Benavides (Fordham University)

Hopes for Equality and the Political Mobilization of Castas in Late Colonial Peru. Mónica Ricketts (Temple University)

Discussant: Américo Mendoza-Mori

– KEYNOTE: Cecilia Méndez (University of California, Santa Barbara)

5:00pm – 6:15pm | Widener Room (Penn Museum)

Foundational Violences: Silences, memory, and fratricide in Peru’s historiographical narratives, 1781-2017


6:15pm – 8:00pm | Penn Museum