Quechua Language, Media and Transnational Linkages
Ulla Berg (presenting in English) is Assistant Professor of Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Anthropology at Rutgers University. She works on communicative practices in the context of transnational migration between Peru and the US. She is interested in mobile livelihoods, the sociality of transnational connections, the performance of affect, and notions of belonging and membership, and the practicalities and ontologies of multi-sites fieldwork. Ulla is currently working on a book manuscript on new media practices and transnational life among Peruvian migrants in the US. She is co-editor of El Quinto Suyo: Transnacionalidad y Formaciones Diaspóricas en la Migración Peruana (IEP, 2005) and Ulla's articles have been published in Revista Academia Diplomática Peruana, Latino Studies, and Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies, among others. At Rutgers, she has taught courses including Latinos and Migration, Intro to Latino Studies, Anthropology of Media, and Latino Ethnography.
Fredy Roncalla (presenting in Spanish) was born in Chalhuanca, Peru in 1953. He is a crafter and writer based in the New Cork City area. His essays and poetry in Spanish, Quechua and English have been published in various magazines. He has also worked as a trilingual translator in the social sciences and literature. He is the author of Canto de Pájaro o invocación a la palabra. NY 1983, and Escritos Mitimaes: hacia una poética andina postmoderna. He has worked extensively on the life and times of Waman Poma de Ayala. Currently he is the editor of the blog Hawansuyo, the Editorial Virtual Hawansuyo, and the progressive book Ancash 444: aproximaciones a Juan Ramírez Ruiz. He is currently working in a new collection of essays Yanqa qellqakuq, and two books of fiction Calle grande / Grand street and Diario de música. In addition he is an established designer in the New York craft and flea market scene. He will be discussing current trends of Quechua Huayno videos appearing on YouTube.
Miryam Yataco (presenting in Spanish) is faculty in the Multilingual and Multicultural Education Program of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. She is also a member of the NYU Native Peoples Forum. Miryam - with a brief interlude from Gustavo Solis, Doctor in Linguistics, expert in Amerindian Languages and Director of the Center for Research in Applied Linguistics at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Perú - will speak on "Television en Lengua Materna desde la Region Apurimac: Saqrakuna," a youth media project that creates journalistic tv episodes and publishes them on YouTube. View Saqrakuna here.
Quechua Week is an event series produced by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) [at New York University] that celebrates Quechua language and cultures. Quechua/Kichwa is an indigenous language spoken by a millions of people in the Andes region in South America. Quechua language and cultural practices are also present in many other parts of the world – including New York City. The events of Quechua Week range in format and span a broad range of topics – from language rights and policies to the use of YouTube in fostering international exchange. Quechua Week aims to highlight issues that are relevant to Andean region and the international community, to provide educational materials about and foster an appreciation for Quechua/Kichwa language and cultures. All events are free and open to the public, and will include the English, Spanish and Quechua/Kichwa languages as noted.
Quechua Week 2010 is a series produced by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU. This series is sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University, the NYU Native Peoples Forum, the NYU Steinhardt Metropolitan Center for Urban Education NYS SBETAC, and the NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Quechua Week is supported by the National Museum of the American Indian, the NYU Department of Cinema Studies, Pachamama Peruvian Arts, the UN Peruvian Cultural Club, and CinemaTropical.