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The Return of the Indian: An Interdisciplinary Seminar on Class and Ethnicity in the Andes

The Return of the Indian: An Interdisciplinary Seminar on Class and Ethnicity in the Andes

27th February 2012, 10am - 5:30pm followed by receptionRoom 349, Institute for the study of the Americas, Senate House, University of London.

Event organiser: Thomas Grisaffi (t.grisaffi@lse.ac.uk|)

Over the past twenty years Andean politics has been transformed by the appearance of new collective actors. As class based movements have lost their central role there has been a resurgence of Indian Movements and a self-conscious indigenous politics. Indigenous movements have articulated their demands both on the streets and in parliament through their political parties. The 'return of the Indian' (Albo 1991) at the end of the 20th century challenges our existing academic categories regarding political process and identity. This shift raises challenging questions such as (but not exhaustively): Has ethnicity come to replace class struggle? If so, then how and why? What are the consequences and limitations of this transformation? What kinds of rights are being demanded and what is left out in the shift from class to ethnicity? Does the shift from class-based politics to a politics of identity spell the end of ideology and the articulation of material demands? Are we witnessing a new kind of social mobilization that is post materialist and/or post-modern with reference to their proposals and demands? What role have other actors (academics, NGOs, religious groups etc) played in this process? What are the articulations, previous or current, between changes in political praxis and theoretical reflection? What do these movements bring that is actually new to the social and political sphere?

Workshop programme

10:00

Registration

10:30 - 10:35

Welcome by Thomas Grisaffi & Alice Guimarães

10:35 - 11:00

Key note speaker: 
James Dunkerley (Queen Mary, University of London)
Class and Ethnicity in the Andean Region

11:00 - 12:30

Politics of Identity: Practices and Discourse
Discussant: Paulo Drinot (Institute for the Study of the Americas. University of London)

 

Rosaleen Howard (University of Newcastle)
Language and education policy for Andean indigenous peoples: decolonozation in practice?

Herve do Alto (Sciences Po)
The "campesino" identity as a resource: the case of the Bolivian Movimiento Al Socialismo in urban areas

Sergio Huarcaya (Royal Holloway)
Performing Indigenous Selves and Others: Social Protests, Festive Performance and Indigeneity in Ecuador

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch

1:30 - 3:00

Class, Ethnicity and the State
Discussant: Sian Lazar (University of Cambridge)

 

John Cameron (Dalhousie University)
Conflicted identities: Internal conflicts of class and ethnic identity in the construction of Autonomías Indígena Originaria Campesinas in Bolivia

Fabricio Pereira (UNILA Federal, University of Latin American Integration)
"State, social movements and democracy in the Andean Countries: a first look".

Andrew Canessa (University of Essex)
Conflict, claim, and contradiction in the new 'indigenous state' of Bolivia.

Andrew Canessa (University of Essex)
Conflict, claim, and contradiction in the new 'indigenous state' of Bolivia.

3:00 - 3:30

Coffee

3:30 - 5:00

New and Old Elites: Indigenous peoples and peasants
Discussant: James Dunkerley (Queen Mary, University of London)

 

Carmen Sliz (NYU)
'El discurso etnicista (indigenista) y los limites de esta retorica para entender el conflicto agrario actual en Bolivia'.

Alice Guimarães  (Universitat de Barcelona) & Thomas Grisaffi (LSE)
Class, ethnicity and the new "indigenous" elite: The case of the Chapare coca growers

Jose Peres (Universitat de Barcelona)
"¿Volvió hecho millones? De facto politics and Indigenous participation in Bolivia, 1825-2000"

5:00 - 5:20

Concluding remarks
Tristan Platt (University of St Andrews)

5:30

Reception

The organizers would like to thank the Peruvian Embassy for hosting the reception



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