The Ch'ixi Gaze: Sociology of the Image as a Decolonizing Practice

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
4:00 pm

Gregory Hall, Rm 319 810 S. Wright Street Urbana

Event Description

Founding Director of the Andean Oral History Workshop, she is a leading scholar of postcolonialtiy and indigeneity in the Andes. She published the classic, Oppressed but Not Defeated: Peasant Struggles Among the Aymara and Quechua in Bolivia, 1910-1980, and numerous essays on subaltern critiques of neoliberalism. A Professor of Sociology a the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz, she has lectured widely throughout the hemisphere.
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui proposes a novel approach to decolonizing Practices. "Sociology of the Image" refers to a new teaching and research methodology developed at the University of La Paz, focused on bilingual Aymara students' daily experiences at the university and at home, and the historical memories of their families. The goal is to guide them to pertinent sociological and political research and action, to overcome the ventriloquist quality of the social sciences, and to develop a more autonomous relation with the Euro-North American conceptual world. The lecture incorporates film and still images designed to challenge inherited knowledge and produce an alternative view of colonial iconography and popular religiosity.

Additional support for this visit from: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Geography, Department of History, Department of Media and Cinema Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

Decolonization, Indigenous Struggles and Visuality in the Andes 

Additional public events with Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui include: 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012The Struggle for Indigenous Rights in Bolivia and the Government of Evo Morales 
Lucy Ellis Lounge
Evo Morales, since 2005 Latin America's first indigenous elected president, incorporated indigenous movements into his government, with important early results. Now serious conflicts have developed between the Morales government and Bolivian indigenous groups both in the Amazon basin and the Andean highlands, especially over rights to resources on territory of Indian tribes, with violent confrontations in September 2011. Silvia Rivera, Active participant and major voice in these indigenous struggles presents an assessment of what these conflicts mean for the future of Indian rights in Bolivia.Allegories of the Andean Fiesta: Screening and Discussion of Silvia Rivera's Films 
66 Library
With additional comments by:
Anita Say Chan, Associate Professor, ICR and Media and Cinema Studies
Karla Palma, graduate student in ICR and Media and Cinema Studies and Fulbright ScholarSilvia Rivera Cusicanqui moved from scholarship and activism on and with indigenous peoples to a vibrant cinematography that seeks to reflect daily lives, conflicts, emotions, creativity, and historical memories of the Aymara people of highland Bolivia. After screening two short documentaries and a brief narrative film, there will be time to discuss her work.Films in Spanish and Aymara, with Spanish subtitles: discussion in English.Co-hosted by the Department of Media and Cinema Studies
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui

Bolivian sociologist, historian, activist, filmmaker and public intellectual of Aymara descent.