Latin America Research Seminar – Partido de Agua: An Examination of a Local Election in Rural Ayacucho, Peru
Presenter: Calla (Cici) Cameron, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Abstract: This paper will analyze the social structures surrounding a mayoral election in rural Peru. An ethnographic and historical study of the community of Quinua, located outside of the city of Ayacucho, Peru will demonstrate the nuanced effects language, ethnicity, tourism, collective memory, and familial ties have on modern, democratic elections. By accidentally becoming a figure within the election, the author demonstrates the omnipresence of the United States and Global North even in rural mayoral elections and the performative nature of Peruvian local elections.
Bio: Calla (Cici) Cameron is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of History. She received her Bachelor’s in History and Human Rights from Claremont McKenna College, and her MA in Global, International, and Comparative history from Georgetown University. She won a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award, with which she conducted research in rural Ayacucho, Peru. Though her research currently focuses on the aftermath of the Peruvian Internal Armed Conflict (1980-2000) in rural areas, she is generally interested in post-conflict reconciliation and transitional justice across Latin America. Outside of academia, Calla manages a local bridal store and lives with her beloved rescue greyhound, Spaghetti.
LARS will meet twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (see schedule below). Lunch will be served.
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