The Arts of Politics: Cultural Agency and Social Movements in Contemporary Peru

Lima, Peru

Next Offered
Summer 2023
Approximate Dates of Instruction
Application Deadline
Information Session: Friday January 13, 12:30-1:30, Padelford C101

This program is co-sponsored by the University Honors Program (note: students do not need to be Honors students in order to participate).

What can art teach us about colonialism, political violence, and human rights? This summer program makes the case that art is a powerful way to understand the world and change it! Directed by anthropologist María Elena García (CHID) and political scientist José Antonio Lucero (JSIS/CHID), this CHID/Honors program offers students an interdisciplinary examination of the intersections of art, culture, Indigeneity and politics in contemporary Peru. Examining the ways in which artists, activists, and the state have used culture as a terrain for political struggle, students will have the opportunity to explore how art can provide tools for understanding the workings of colonialism, political violence, and community resilience. Through a mix of lectures, small-group activities, and a public art project (no artistic experience required!!), students will learn with Peruvian scholars, artists, human rights activists in the cities of Lima and Ayacucho, Peru.

  • CHID 472A / Honors 384A: Peruvian Politics, Culture, and Society (5 credits A&H, SSc)
  • CHID 390 / Honors 384B: Art, Politics, and Protest in Peru (5 credits A&H, SSc)
  • CHID 499 / Honors 384C: Independent Project (2 credits A&H, SSc)
Fulfills Requirements
CHID Cultural and Historical Engagement
CHID Ideas in the World
CHID Power & Difference
CHID 390
SSc Credit
A&H 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 ($1.74/day), and personal spending money. 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.