Alcira Dueñas is an international scholar and associate professor of Latin American history at Ohio State's Newark campus. Her book Indians and Mestizos in the ‘Lettered City’: Reshaping Justice, Social Hierarchy and Political Culture in Colonial Peru (2010) was awarded the Thomas McGann National Award for the best book on Latin America by the Rocky Mountains Council for Latin American Studies in 2010. Dueñas received fellowships from Fulbright, the NEH, the Max-Planck Institute and the J.C. Brown Library. She is producing a book on the legal and social practices of colonial Andean cabildos. Dueñas engages in visual, historical and creative exercises with her students at Newark, where they produce an Andean Gallery Project.
Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros is assistant professor and Latin American studies librarian with The Ohio State University Libraries. Her research focuses on knowledge equity and internationalization of the curriculum in order to support engagement with knowledge production from distinct communities and world regions. As a co-PI of the K’acha Willaykuna Collaboration, she supports interdisciplinary initiatives that advance access and preservation of indigenous knowledge sources and teaching curriculum.
Richard Fletcher is associate professor in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at The Ohio State University. He writes about contemporary art and education under the pen name Minus Plato. His book No Philosopher King: An Everyday Guide to Art and Life under Trump was published this year by AC Books, and he is currently writing about contemporary decolonial critique, art education curriculum and the legacies of the 2017 exhibition documenta 14. As a co-PI of the K’acha Willaykuna collaboration, he focuses on global Indigenous art making and decolonial theory and praxis through processes of unlearning, delinking, decanonizations and declassicisms within the institutions of the museum and the university.
Megan Hasting is assistant director for the Center for Latin American Studies. She holds a dual M.A. in Public Policy and Management and Latin American Studies, both from The Ohio State University. Megan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CLAS, overseeing grant management and coordinating the M.A. in Latin American Studies graduate program. She also manages all academic and outreach events, center communications and financial administration duties. As a co-PI of the K’acha Willaykuna Collaboration, Megan helps with administrative oversight and project and event support.
Eric J. Johnson is associate professor and curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts with The Ohio State University Libraries. His research focus lies in the fields of medieval manuscript studies, with particular emphasis on manuscript fragments and their reconstruction, the history of the early book and special collections-based pedagogy. As a co-PI of the K’acha Willaykuna Collaboration, he promotes the utility of considering books, manuscripts and other historical, cultural and artistic documents as material objects, each with their own unique way of embodying and presenting multiple layers of meaning through their physical qualities and forms.
Michelle Wibbelsman is associate professor of Latin American Indigenous cultures, ethnographic studies and ethnomusicology (SPPO); curator of the Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts Collection; and director of the Ohio State Andean Music Ensemble. She conducts fieldwork in her native country of Ecuador. As lead co-PI of the K’acha Willaykuna Collaboration, she helped conceptualize this interdisciplinary initiative around material cultural production, oral traditions and performance practices as key sites of Andean/Amazonian indigenous knowledge, memory and meaning making.
Graduate Research Associate
Alanna S. Radlo-Dzur is a doctoral student in Art History and the K’acha Willaykuna 2019-2020 graduate research associate. She studies Nahua artwork of central Mexico and the representation of invisible concepts in visual media informed by analysis of semantic groupings and etymologies in Nahuatl speech and writing. As a speaker of modern Nahuatl (Huasteca Veracruzana), she is an advocate for indigenous language revitalization as a key factor for community empowerment.
Artist in Residency
Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste (Santiago, Chile 1991) is a contemporary Mapuche artist from Chile who uses ceramics, installations, performances and video art to reflect critically on the Mapuche subject’s social, cultural and political status. Calfuqueo’s art explores cultural similarities and differences as well as stereotypes produced at the intersection of indigenous and western ways of thinking.
Mark D. Stansbery