Rimasun: Quechua Language Podcasts
Rimasun is shaped by several goals. The main purpose of this project is to engage speakers and learners of the NYC area in using the Quechua and Kichwa languages. We hope that this series brings people together to celebrate Quechua/Kichwa languages and cultures. We also aim to create a network of Quechua speakers and learners that extends outside the NYU campus and engages with the greater New York City area and beyond. It is our hope that Rimasun joins the many other global initiatives seeking to foster a greater understanding of and respect for these languages and cultures. Rimasun is part of the CLACS Quechua Program, which also includes Quechua classes at the university level, free, online Quechua lessons, and Quechua Conversation Nights, which are free and open to the public. There is no use of English or Spanish in Rimasun podcasts. This series provides intermediate to advanced Quechua speakers the opportunity to expand their listening and comprehension skills as well as learn about various topics through presentations in Quechua. If you are new to the language and would like more basic
instruction, please utilize the online Quechua Lessons developed by CLACS and hosted
on our website.
Rimasun Production Team
Collaborative media projects have long been a source of interest for Rimasun producer Christine Mladic. After earning degrees in studio photography and literature from the University of Illinois, and launching a community magazine in Chicago with friends, Christine moved to Santiago de Chile to work with VEGlobal. There she developed OJOS nuevos, a participatory photography program for young women living in hogares. She has also run photography workshops for youth in Chicago and New York City. While pursuing an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at CLACS at NYU, Christine researched everyday photographic practices in Cusco, Peru, and studied the Quechua language supported by FLAS fellowships. Since 2010, she has been working at CLACS, managing communications, planning events, and developing the Quechua language program. After solidifying the concept of Rimasun in the spring of 2011, Christine began collaborating on recordings with NYC-area Quechua speakers, and published the first podcast in September 2011. In the fall of 2012, she will begin pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at NYU, in the Program of Culture and Media, where she will continue to investigate how quechua speakers incorporate photographic technologies into social and personal projects. Christine plans to continue to work on the Rimasun project and to be involved in the quechua-speaking community of the New York area.
Emily Thompson graduated with a BA in Latin American and Latino/a Studies from Vassar College in 2009 with concentrations on social movements and visual anthropology. After graduating, Emily enrolled in an intensive digital video production program at UC Berkeley before traveling to Huancayo, Peru to study Quechua on the Cornelisen Fellowship for 10 months. Before returning to New York to pursue her Masters at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Emily worked for a non profit focused on promoting community engagement in the Bay Area, where she continued collaborative work through social media, digital video and photography initiatives. As a FLAS funded Quechua fellow at NYU Emily is researching the use of photography in memory projects in Peru as well as the rise of hip hop to reinvigorate the Quechua language across generations. Emily is excited about learning new media to explore and promote the Quechua language and culture here in the New York area as Rimasun celebrates its first anniversary this fall.
Doris Loayza is pursuing her MA at CLACS, focusing on Andean and Quechua culture. She speaks Quechua from her native Ancash region in Peru, and is now studying Quechua Cuzqueno with Odi Gonzalez at NYU. She is the recipient of the FLAS Fellowship for academic year 2012-2013, and is a candidate for a summer 2013 Tinker Grant to return to Peru to research Voices of Justice, an indigenous women's radio project that trains Quechua speakers to produce radio shows. She is a contributor to Peripheria, a multimedia magazine about Andean culture based in Ancash.
Charlie Uruchima is currently a senior at NYU majoring in Latin American Studies while minoring in Social and Public Policy. As the recipient of a 2012 Summer FLAS Fellowship, Charlie traveled to Cusco, Peru to study Intensive Quechua. By May 2013 he will have had completed all levels of Quechua language study offered at NYU. Charlie plans to return to NYU as an MA student at CLACS and focus his studies around the politics of intercultural-bilingual education in the Andes, particularly in Ecuador where his family is from.
Call for Participants
We are always looking for volunteers who would like to use their Quechua language skills and knowledge to contribute to the series and become a part of our network. We also welcome comments and suggestions. Please contact us if you know of a topic or person who we might be able to feature in our project. If you would like to become involved with Rimasun, please email CLACS at quechua.nyu[at]gmail.com or call the CLACS office at 212-998-8686.
Rimasun is a CLACS initiative. As stated above, the purpose of this project is to engage speakers and learners in the use of the Quechua language. We reserve the right to edit and distribute all audio recordings that we produce as a part of this project. Participants in this project will be asked to sign a release form agreeing to these terms.
Rimasun — Quechua podcasts by CLACS at NYU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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