Circulating Anarchisms and Marxisms in the Andes

This collaborative project studies the emergence of critical theory in the Andes region in the period 1890-1950, focusing on the creative transformations and adaptations of European Marxist and anarchist thought in this geopolitical context. The collaborators, Víctor Vich (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) and Jorge Coronado (Northwestern), will develop an undergraduate and a graduate course on this topic and oversee the translation and publication of relevant texts that will be taught in these courses. The collaboration also includes a graduate student exchange by means of the award of a Mellon fellowship to support the participation of a graduate fellow assisting with the research for the course development during a visiting residency at Northwestern.


Víctor Vich is Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) in Lima, where he specializes in cultural theory and contemporary and literary culture in Peru. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Poéticas del duelo. Ensayos sobre arte, memoria y violencia política en el Perú (2015). He is the co-director of PUCP’s Maestría en Estudios Culturales (Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies), a leading program for training in cultural and critical theory.

Jorge Coronado is Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Northwestern. He is also Co-Director of the Andean Cultures and Histories Working Group at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. A specialist in modern Latin American and Andean literatures and cultures, he is the author of The Andes Imagined: Indigenismo, Society, and Modernity (2009), as well as the forthcoming Andean Portraits: Photography, Consumption, Agency, 1900-1950.

Background Reading:

Portocarrero, Gonzalo and Víctor Vich. “Cultural Studies in Peru: An Experience from the Universidad Católica.” Cultural Studies 26, no. 1 (2012): 141-152.

News and Events:

  • Professors Coronado and Vich are currently designing their collaborative syllabi and deliberating over which pieces will be translated from Spanish into English.
  • May 27, 2017: Professor Coronado presented his paper "Tecnologías de la letra: grafoesfera, cultura popular y agencia indígena" at the 35th International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.