I am a socio-cultural anthropologist whose specializations include indigeneity, law, music, and performance studies in the Andean region. My work engages indigeneity at its intersections with alternative and participatory methodologies, cultural and intellectual property, heritage politics, racialization, performance politics, and nationalism. My research—currently published in two monographs and multiple articles and chapters--has involved ethnography in Bolivia since 1993, each project engaging local communities in distinct ways. Music performance on the violin has formed an integral part of my ethnographic approach.
My current work, in collaboration with Henry Stobart (Music, Royal Holloway U. of London), began in 2012 with a National Science Foundation-funded workshop on indigeneity, cultural property, and heritage within the context of Bolivia’s pro-indigenous “process of change” and the implementation of the country’s recently minted Constitution (2009). The workshop conversations, methodologies and resources can be seen in the Spanish-English bilingual website, “Rethinking Creativity, Recognition, and Indigenous Heritage.” Following the Workshop experience, Stobart and I began a related inquiry titled “Beyond Indigenous Heritage Paradoxes in Evo Morales’ Bolivia,” a project for which we received an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship.
To download some of my publications, please see my academia.edu site.
My ethnographic work has involved music performance on the violin with a Bolivian music ensemble called Música de Maestros
(Rolando Encinas, founder and director).
Since 1993, I have participated in performances, tours and compact disc recordings with this orchestra, giving concerts throughout Bolivia and also in Colombia, France, and Japan.