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Art and the Politics of Blackness and Indigeneity in Peru's Past and Present

Lima, Peru

Term Offered: 
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CHID Peru 2019
Approximate Dates of Instruction: 
June 20, 2019 to July 22, 2019
Application Deadline: 
February 15, 2019

By visiting three different regions of Peru, one of the most diverse countries in Latin America, this program offers students the opportunity to think critically about identity and diversity in a setting outside the United States. In particular, the program will focus on the study of Blackness and Indigeneity in Peru, and that focus will take two forms. First, students will study artistic production both historically and through hands-on activities, including workshops in the plastic and performing arts with some of Peru's leading artists. In doing so, they will examine how Afro-Peruvian and Indigenous populations have used artistic expression to negotiate and creatively reinvent identity over time. Second, students will study the histories of Afro-Peruvian and Indigenous communities since Spanish colonization, the forms of discrimination they have confronted, and the means by which they have resisted, challenged, and endured in a society where racism has long been pervasive. The course will emphasize how this history of struggle has shaped the resilience of Afro-Peruvian and Indigenous populations in the present day. Students will thus gain not only a deep exposure to Peruvian history, society, culture, and artistic production, but also a sense of how the politics of diversity and multiculturalism work differently in Peru and the United States.

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

*Note that the fees stated above do not include some additional costs, including, but not limited to: airfare, UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/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.