You are here

The Politics of Blackness and Indigeneity in Peru

Lima, Peru

Term Offered: 
Approximate Dates of Instruction: 
June 17, 2017 to July 19, 2017
Application Deadline: 
March 15, 2017

This interdisciplinary program examines diversity in a non-US setting by asking how identity and history are constructed, negotiated, and renegotiated in Peru through artistic production and expressive culture, and how art engages the politics of historical memory and imaginations of Blackness and Indigeneity. Students will study the longer history of Peru while observing, working alongside, and learning from performing artists, community leaders, and activists who have played crucial roles in preserving Afro-Peruvian and Indigenous artistic and performative traditions. By bringing the arts together with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, we will situate the work of artists in a broader context and explore how artistic production constitutes a way of thinking historically about identity, diversity, and power. How, for example, do dance, music, and related forms of artistic production such as costume-making create spaces, both figurative and real, for wrestling with the past to confront and challenge the injustices of the present? How do they enable individuals and collectives to imagine alternative political and social configurations and articulate forms of anti-racism? How do they enable people to make meaning of the past and engage the urgency of the present? Finally, what can the study of artistic production and cultural expression among such groups teach us about the complexities of race, equity, and diversity in various contexts in Peru and beyond?

  • CHID 472: History, Performance, and the Politics of Blackness and Indigeneity in Multicultural Peru (5 credits)
  • HSTLAC 481: History of Peru and the Andean Region (5 credits)
  • CHID 499: Independent Project (2 credits)
Fulfills Requirements: 
CHID Cultural and Historical Engagement
CHID Power & Difference
VLPA Credit
Total Program Fees: 

*Note that the fees stated above do not include some additional costs, including, but not limited to: airfare, Study Abroad Insurance ($2/day), and personal spending money. Remember that these costs will differ by program. Be sure to read our Fees, Financing, and Withdrawal information for details about the fee structure and payment schedule.