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Honors Ecuador: Sumak Kawsay - Well-Being, "Race," and Gender in Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Academic Term||Summer Quarter (B Term) 2018|
|July 23 - August 22, 2018|
|Estimated Program Fee||$4,550|
|Credits||15 UW credits (12 credits summer quarter; 3 credits mandatory spring seminar)|
|Program Directors||Michelle Habell-Pallan; Jaime Cardenas|
|Program Manager||Carrie Moore | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 31, 2018|
|Information Sessions||November, 28 at 3:30pm in Odegarrd Interactive Room 141 January 10, 3:00 p.m., MGH 211 (Honors Suite)|
|General||This study program in Ecuador explores the historical and social context of the “buen vivir” (well-being), with a focus on sustainable culture (specifically Indigenous and Afro-descendant artistic practices and community building -- from traditional to hip hop ).|
Ecuador is one of two countries on Earth that has constitutionally redefined itself as a “plurinational state.” Responding to Indigenous and Afro-descendant social movements for justice and dignity, and propelled by gender equity activists, Ecuador has helped to re-think cultural and national identities by centering the demands of communities most vulnerable to neoliberal policies for the right to sumak kawsay (“buen vivir” or “well-being”). To do so, Ecuador’s constitution has incorporated the concept of sumak kawsay, an Indigenous perspective of well-being, or “living well” rather than “living better.” To this end, Ecuador has been at the forefront of recognizing that its patrimonio cultural inmaterial (intangible cultural patrimony), consisting of ancestral “oral traditions and expressions, the performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events as well as traditional craftsmanship” (UNESCO), is of equal importance as its tangible heritage in the form of artifacts, statues, and sites. This intangible culture is viewed as a remedy to global commodification of culture because deep “understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of different communities helps with intercultural dialogue, and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life”(UNESCO).
Given this rich context of Ecuadorian cultural transformation and dialogue, the program will be centered around the concept of sumak kawsay. This course will explore the historical and social context of the buen vivir, with a focus on sustainable culture (specifically Indigenous and Afro-descendant artistic practices and community building -- from traditional to hip hop ). In Quito, students will explore representations of transformative Indigenous and Afro-descendant cultural identities and practices in Ecuador at large and on social media, while examining the intersectional impacts of gender and queer organizing. The program will explore if and how arts and culture support the development of dialogue and social infrastructure required to be true to a plurinational ethos.
Quito is an excellent venue for the study of culture, politics, neoliberalism, and resistance because of the the city’s history and contemporary condition. For more than 450 years, the city has been a site of: indigeneity, colonialism, and anti-colonialism; dominant gender formations and resistance to them; African resistance to enslavement and cultural resurgence; global capital and its questioning; and a vibrant and hybrid cultural politics.
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The Jhomana Guesthouse was chosen because of the overall positive experience that UW students reported during summer 2017, as well as its amenities, location, and cost. Students will share rooms (between 2-4 students per room). You may find more information on their website: http://www.jhomana.com/
The program will have several walking excursions in the city. The altitude of Quito is 9400 feet. Students should be in good health and be able to move across uneven terrain for moderate distances.
15 UW credits (12 credits summer quarter; 3 credits mandatory spring seminar)
This course, held in Quito, Ecuador, will explore the historical and social contexts of sumak kawsai (or well-being, or, in Spanish, buen vivir), with a focus on sustainable and resistant culture (specifically, Indigenous and Afro-descendant music and community building -- from traditional practices to hip hop). As sumak kawsai has an Andean (indigenous) origin, in Quito, students will explore representations of transformative Indigenous and Afro-descendant cultural identities and practices in Ecuador at large, and on social media, while examining impacts of feminist and queer organizing upon them. The course will explore if, and how, performing arts and culture support the development of dialogue and social infrastructure required to exist in a state of sumak kawsai.
The course will explore if and how arts and culture support the concept of “buen vivir” within a plurinational context. This course will explore: gender formations and sexualities in contemporary Ecuador; indigeneity, colonialism, and anti-colonialism; African-origin resistance to enslavement and its cultural resurgence; and, globalization, and the questioning of it, in Quito. The city is an excellent venue for the study of culture, politics, neoliberalism, and transformation because of the city’s history and contemporary condition. As an anchor, we will inquire into the idea of a “plurinational” society as a gendered notion. As such, there are a wide array of Indigenous, feminist, queer, and Afro-descendant organizations in the city, such as: Wambra Radio; Fundación de Estudios, Acción y Participación Social; Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas, Indígenas y Negras; Centro Cultural Afroecuatoriano; Mesa LGBTQI Quito; Femrock Ecuador; and many others.
One of the main ways that students will learn is through service-learning. Of course, service-learning will allow students to link the theoretical with the practical. But more importantly, students will be given the wonderful opportunity to learn while they serve low-income communities (disproportionately Indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian) in Quito. Through community partnerships, UW students will learn from the people they will serve in, for example, after-school programs for children living in dire poverty, or economic empowerment initiatives for homeless victims of domestic violence. While serving and learning, our students will focus on: reinforcing and expanding Indigenous women's and Afroecuadorians' economic and cultural rights; gender equity work; lgbtq (human) rights; and other relevant social relations that are embedded in Ecuadorian society. In the end, UW students will consider (through assignments and discussions) the tremendous advantages they have when compared to low-income Ecuadorians, and what that signifies intellectually and socially to them as creators of knowledge. The final project will entail the creation or expansion of a digital presence for the organization in order to make it more accessible and visible to other Ecuadorians and beyond. Additionally, students will also be able opt to do oral histories that will be preserved by the UW Libraries' Women Who Rock Oral History Archive, with a special focus on gender, resistance, and the arts in Ecuador.
The program will include a 2-credit preparatory seminar, spring quarter 2018, which will engage students and faculty in collaboration on campus and through a digital platform (Canvas). These highly focused seminar meetings (once/week throughout spring quarter) and their digital platform will introduce the students to the course’s structure and topics, as well as Ecuadorian society. At the end of the course, students will be able to: identify the major cultural, political, and economic changes in northwestern South America during the last three decades; and, identify the major origins and developments of social movements in northwestern South America during the last three decades.
Michelle Habell-Pallan, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, is currently Associate Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has experience working with international graduate and undergraduate students from Latin America and Asia. She is director of UW Women Who Rock Oral History Archive.
Jaime Cardenas Jr., PhD, Seattle Central College, is currently a tenured Instructor of History at Seattle Central College, where he also holds the position of faculty advisor to the Global Studies Emphasis. He routinely teaches classes that enroll 50-80% international students, mostly from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia.
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