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Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui - Elementary Forms of Cultural Resistance in the Andes

September 20, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
Please note: there will be a reception before the public lecture at 4:00 p.m. in CLACLS, Machmer Hall, Room West 31D, UMass

The presentation will start with a brief account of popular struggles and mobilizations in modern Bolivia (1952-2005) and draw on concept of “micropolitics” to interpret the ways in which popular organizations express long term grievances, in a cyclical but continuous process of self/creation, and retain their long and short-term memories. The talk will also focus on the mutual and paradoxical relations between micropolitics and memory as well as micropolitics and politics.

Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui is professor emérita, of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in Bolivia. She has two honorary
doctorates from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and the Universidad Nacional de San Luis Argentina. She has authored
more than 10 books, including Oppressed But Not Defeated:  Peasant Struggles Among the Aymara and Quechua in Bolivia,
1900–1980, published in English and Japanese. Her latest book is a collection of essays titled: Un mundo ch'ixi es posible.
Ensayos desde un presente en crisis (2018).

There will be two more public lectures:

Tuesday, September 24 2019, 4:00-5:30 p.m.  Public lecture: Extractivism in the Americas
Followed by reception, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI), Frost Library, Amherst College


Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. Public lecture: Memory and loss: A visual essay
Graham Auditorium, Hillyer Hall, Smith College Informal pre-lecture reception at 6:30pm.

A discussion of the activist research undertaken by the Andean Oral History Workshop (THOA), which
has been the core of Cusicanqui's trajectory. The lecture is an exploration of its basis in what Cusicanqui
calls a "sort of idiosyncratic participant/militant investigation." A selection from the photographic
archive of the group will show the connections between research, language and performative actions.
This will lead to a more general methodological reflection, and an example of the rhetoric form
Cusicanqui calls the “visual essay”. [“On (un)walking the Illampu Street” (a slide show with text)].

Sponsored by Five College Symposium Fund, FCWSRC, CLACLS and WGSS at UMass, Smith College, and Amherst College

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