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Richard P. Meier, Chair CLA 4.304, Mailcode B5100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1701

Language and Culture Job Talk - Armando Muyolema (Univ of Wisconsin-Madison) "In Search of Sumak Kawsay - Good Living in the Andes and Beyond"

Tue, February 14, 2012 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM • BEN 2.104

In the context of the last political changes in Ecuador and Bolivia two Quechua/kichwa words have been included in the new constitutions issued in the last five years: Sumak kawsay and Pachamama. Sumak kawsay, in particular, has generated astonishing expectations within and beyond the Andes, which is evident in the political and academic discourses in different languages and social contexts related to concerns about the risk of environmental catastrophe and the progressive political imaginary of the left.  How and why these two particular Quechua/Kichwa words become politically significant and meaningful? How do these two words become part of the deeper conceptual system that proposes new social relations and practices to the environment and society? This presentation aims to answer these questions by exploring the genealogy of Sumak kawsay, its cultural kichwa significance and the socially rooted practices which give it conceptual consistency.

*Search to fill the Language and Culture position sponsored by LLILAS, in conjunction with the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, and Linguistics*

Please contact Carla Lañas with any questions: clanas@austin.utexas.edu


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