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Walther Maradiegue (Northwestern): Crimen y Comunidad: Enrique López Albújar y las geografías raciales en los Andes. (in Spanish)

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Cindy Pingry   (847) 467-1933

Group: Andean Cultures and Histories Working Group

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Walther Maradiegue is a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and his talk will be given in Spanish.

Abstract: This presentation analyzes the work of Peruvian writer Enrique López Albújar, focusing on banditry as a category of racialized criminality. Bandits, as transgressors against the spatial, economic, and racial regimes of the modern nation, work as a lens to understand the geographic distribution of political agency in Peru. This distribution required both the geographical administration of race, as well as the new class organization that the export agroindustry established in the Andes during the early 20thcentury. This talk centers on López Albújar’s Los Caballeros del Delito and Cuentos Andinos, in order to explore the construction of racialized criminality in this region, and the role that capitalist agriculture, the proletarianization of indigenous workers, and the ‘Comunidad indígena’ as a colonized space, played in this project.

Walther received a B.A. from Universidad Nacional Pedro Ruiz Gallo in Lambayeque (Peru) in 2008, and a M.A. in Anthropology -with a focus in Andean Studies- from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 2014. He has also worked as Graduate Assistant of the Andean Cultures and Histories Working Group.  His article on history and textuality in the Andes will appear in the book Latin American Textualities: History, Materiality and Digital Media (2018) published by the University of Arizona Press. 


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