SE28
Self-conscious indigeneity in Latin America

Convenors:
Sergio Huarcaya (Royal Holloway University of London)
Location:
University Place 3.209
Start time:
8 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel explores the ways in which the self-conscious performance of indigenous culture has made visible the political horizon of indigeneity, not only enabling the articulation of indigenous political demands but also transforming local configurations of self and other.

Long abstract:

When does the performance of indigenous culture become self-conscious? The explicit performance of indigenous culture accompanying contemporary indigenous political mobilization not only has strengthened indigenous cultural identities but also has changed the dialogic construction of identities and alterities. Considering that not all populations that could have articulated political claims around indigeneity have done so, this panel explores the ways in which the self-conscious performance of indigenous culture has made visible the political horizon of indigeneity, not only enabling the articulation of indigenous political demands but also transforming local configurations of self and other. Explaining the emergence of indigenous political movements in Latin America, some analysts have attributed to indigenous culture a teleological impulse implying, as Colloredo-Mansfeld critically points out, that "indigenous destiny is at work." Others analysts have considered indigenous performance as a return to moral and worldview origins. But what the self-conscious performance of indigenous culture has done to local notions of indigeneity? How it has transformed the interethnic negotiation of status? Rather than being a reflection of indigenous historical consciousness, the performance of indigenous culture has been the practical means to producing it. In addition, what globalization has to do with it? In times of trans-nationalism and globalization, in which traditional collective points of reference come into tension with a multiplicity of de-territorialized cultural experiences, becoming a self-conscious practitioner of indigenous culture is a way of participating in the global system?