Representations of Indigenous People in Ecuador

Hispanic Heritage Lecture Series

Representations of Indigenous People in Ecuador: 'We are all equal... but some are more equal than others,'

Dr. Emmanuelle Sinardet, University of Paris Nanterre

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.
218 Belknap Academic Building (BAB), University of Louisville
Light refreshments served

Public Welcome - Free admission

Join us at the 21st Hispanic Heritage Lecture Series, organized by the Latin American and Latino Studies program at the University of Louisville, for a captivating lecture by Dr. Emmanuelle Sinardet, Professeur des Universités - Civilisation latino-américaine, Université de Paris Nanterre. Titled "Representations of Indigenous People in Ecuador: 'We are all equal... but some are more equal than others,'" this lecture promises a deep exploration of her expertise in Latin American civilization, cultural studies, and history.

Embark on a profound exploration of Ecuador's historical tapestry as Professor Emmanuelle Sinardet unveils the complexities of racial discourse in her upcoming lecture, titled "Representations of Indigenous People in Ecuador: 'We are all equal... but some are more equal than others.'" Focused on the period from 1895 to 1925, Professor Sinardet's presentation meticulously dissects the policies, historical context, and far-reaching consequences of Ecuador's approach to racial dynamics during this critical epoch.

The lecture introduces the concept of "racism of alteration," a term coined by Claude-Olivier Doron, which distinguishes itself from the more familiar "racism of otherness." Unlike the latter, which implies an almost insurmountable barrier between racial groups, the former envisions a potential improvement for those described as degenerate or degraded. Professor Sinardet's talk navigates the intricate web of Ecuadorian liberal governments' discourses and practices from 1895 to 1925, specifically focusing on the pervasive influence of the "racism of alteration."

In this enlightening discourse, Professor Sinardet sheds light on how this nuanced form of racism characterized the biopolitics of the time, shaping policies aimed at "redeeming" the indigenous peoples of the Sierra. Referred to as "indio," "raza india," "raza indígena," "raza vencida," or "raza oprimida," these indigenous groups found themselves subject to paternalistic measures purportedly designed to protect and civilize. However, in reality, these policies maintained a state of guardianship and subordination under the control of the State.

Professor Emmanuelle Sinardet's scholarly contributions encompass a wide array of topics within Latin American studies, as evidenced by her extensive publications. Her research explores racial dynamics and citizenship in the Ecuadorian liberal project (1895-1925), the performative art and Holocaust memory in Silencios (2005) by Érika Diettes, and the unique genre of "letras y figuras" in Manila. Furthermore, she delves into the literary works of Guillermo Gómez Windham and Telmo Herrera, providing in-depth analyses. Sinardet's commitment to various themes such as education, national identity, and the representation of violence in Colombian conflicts is evident in her comprehensive body of work. Additionally, she has co-authored significant books, including Introduction to Hispano-Philippine Literature and Trans-Imperial, Trans-Colonial, and Trans-National Mobilities in the Americas, expected to be published in 2023 and 2022, respectively. Her other notable publications, such as Race" and Citizenship in the Andes and Building the New Man in Ecuador, underscore her dedication to advancing knowledge in Latin American studies.

Organized by the Latin American and Latino Studies program with the support of the Visiting Scholars Program of Liberal Studies and Hispanic, Latinx, and Indigenous Initiatives.

For more information, contact Dr. Manuel F. Medina,