Dept Banner
Dept Banner

Claudia A. Arteaga

Claudia OutdoorsFinal2   



Ph.D Candidate
Spanish Literature
 Part-Time Lecturer


Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese
Carpender Hall, Rm. 203
(848) 932-9323
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


“Actos de representación: el rol de la escritura y medios audiovisuales en luchas indígenas contemporáneas en Perú y Bolivia” deals with modes and ways in which representations of indigenous struggles have been produced by indigenous and non indigeneous people during the 20th and 21st century.

I am interested specifically in the role played by literature and cinema in articulating perspectives on indigenous identities and demands vis-à-vis nationwide assumptions that dismiss and depoliticize those subjects. I look at how literary and filmic representations have confirmed, contested or disavowed genealogies and understandings embedded in lettered official archives regarding “the Indian question.” I propose that indigenous video or the so-called “participatory cinema” is a new moment in which indigenous people are involved in the construction of their own image.

I aim to expand the studies of indigenismo for Andean societies in order to discuss the centrality of “the letter” in indigenous studies as well as to bring up the current use of audiovisual media. To develop my argument, I look at crucial historical periods in which narratives on and by the indigenous were formulated (such as national foundations and indigenismo, Agrarian Reforms during the 50s and 70s, the Latin American left-wing wave during the 70s, the neoliberal era during the 90s and current national and intranational indigenous movements).




Indigenista and Indigenous literature; Indigenous cinema; 20th and 21th century Latin American literature and culture; media studies, Andean studies (including history and anthropology), visual anthropology, cultural studies, colonial studies, reflections on Latin American decoloniality and postcoloniality, gender ideologies, notions of race and ethnicity, state formation and nationalisms. Both in my research and teaching, I incorporate the study of media and new technologies associated with forms of contemporary indigenous representations. Reflections on cultural diversity are also crucial in my work as a scholar and instructor.





  • “Confrontando imágenes: representaciones de rebeliones indígenas en el cine y la literatura”. Cine y literatura: ¿ni contigo ni sin ti?. Giovanna Pollarollo, ed. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. (Forthcoming 2015)

  • “Dislocaciones lingüísticas en la aldea global: testimonios de dos migrantes sudamericanos en EEUU. ” Mester. Literary Journal of the Graduate Students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California. 40.1 (2012): 3-21.

  • “Una propuesta andina: el testimonio de una campesina quechua.” Crónicas Urbanas 14 (2012): 7-17. Cusco: Centro Guamán Poma de Ayala.

  • “Dilemas de la representación audiovisual en dos documentales recientes sobre la selva peruana.” Latin American Research Review (forthcoming 2015, accepted with revisions).


 Other publications:



  • Funds for Faculty and Student Research, CLAS (Center for Latino American Studies). Rutgers University, Summer 2014.

  • Rutgers Teacher-Scholar Fellowship at Rutgers University-Newark. Fall 2013-Spring 2014.

  • Funds for the event “Sumak Kawsay & Bolivarianism Today: Building the Good Life through Popular Democracy” (on behalf of Latin American Studies Interdisciplinary Group). Center for Global Advancement and International Affair (GAIA) for the 2013-2014 Biennial Theme – Global Health!, Rutgers University, 2013.

  • Funds for Faculty and Student Research. CLAS. Rutgers University, Summer 2012. Summer Pre-Dissertation Travel Award. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, RutgersUniversity. 2011.

  • First Place, Adolfo Snaidas Best Graduate Student Essay Award with “Deseo y raza en el hombre negro de las Antillas en Fanon y Césaire.” Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University. 2009.

  • Travel Grant, Graduate School and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Rutgers University. 2009.

  • Teaching Assistantship. Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University. 2008-2013.



  • Talk on Fernando Valdivia’s documentary Iskobakebo. Un dificil reencuentro.Departmento de Humanidades. Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima-Perú, August 21, 2014.

  • “El rol del documental en proyectos autónomos de comunicación indígena: una mirada a la Travesia de Chumpi.” Panel: “Medios y representación indígena: desafiando el uso de tecnologías modernas.” Congreso Perú Transatlántico 2014, Pontificia Universidad Católica—Brown University, Lima-Perú, July 15-18, 2014.

  • “El Indio en escena: indianizando al campesino y politizando al indio.” Panel: “Usos y abusos de memorias colectivas en las luchas populares en los Andes y la Amazonía.” LASA 2014, Chicago, IL, May 21-24, 2014.

  • Respondant with Kenia Morales and Pamela Calla of Florence E. Babb’s talk “Gender,Race, and Indigeneity in Latin America: Provocations from Decolonial Femenism.”

  • Center of for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, NY, April 30th, 2014.

  • “An Indian on Stage: Politcizing the Indian in the Bolivia of 1970s”. Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Rutgers University-Newark, April 22, 2014.

  • Participant in round table discussion on the book Thresholds of Illiteracy: Theory, Latin America, and the Crisis of Resistance by Abraham Acosta (presentation with the presence of the author). Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures,Princeton University, NJ, April 17, 2014.

  • “La revolución entre teoría y práctica: dos documentales de temática indígena-campesina en los 60.” Panel: “Latin America (Re)visited: Objects and Objectives of (Re)Imagining History.” NeMLA 2014. Harrisburg, PA, April 3-6, 2014.

  • Participant in Round table discussion on Edmundo Paz Soldan’ works, with the presence of the author. Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers U. October 18, 2013.

  • Guest Discussant in “#SectorLiterario en Perú [desconferencia],” videoconference organized by REDLIT (Red Literaria Peruana). August 4, 2013.

  • “Peasant and Syndical Struggle in Peru and Bolivia: Two Filmic Representations.” Panel: “Challenging Imaginaries: New Perspectives on Andean and Amazonian Literature and Culture.” LASA 2013. Washngton, DC, May 29-June 1, 2013.

  • “Rethinking Resistance: an Analysis of Even the Rain and Chumpi´s Adventures.” Panel: “New Perspectives on Andean and Amazonian Imaginaries.” NeMLA 2013. Boston, MA, March 21-24, 2013.

  • “Artes de testimoniar: medios y memorias en las obras de Edilberto Jimenez y Gedión Fernández.” Interdisciplinary Encounter on Historical Memory and Political Violence, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures – Columbia University and Department of Spanish and Portuguese – NYU, NYC, February 22, 2013.

  • Guest lecture in “Cycle of Peruvian films on Social Mining Conflicts,” organized by the Grupo de Crítica Latinoamericana – NYU, September 2012.

  • Talk “Feminidades indígenas en Perú: ausencias e irrupciones.” SpanPort Brown
    BagLunch Series
    , Department of Spanish and Portuguese – Rutgers University, December 7, 2012.

  • “An Andean proposition: A Rural Quechua Woman’s testimony.” Conference Feminist Fantasies: Future Directions for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, May 14, 2011.

  • Talk “El testimonio de Hilaria Supa: una aproximación a inequidades de género en sociedades andinas.” SpanPort Brown Bag Lunch Series, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University, March 23, 2011.



  • Rutgers University – Newark Campus (Sole Instructor)

    Spanish 375: Indigenous and Indigenista Literature from Latin America – Spring 2014

    Spanish 101: Elementary Spanish 1 – Spring 2014

    Spanish 101: Elementary Spanish 1 – Fall 2013

    Spanish 203: Spanish Grammar and Composition – Fall 2013

  • Rutgers –New Brunswick (Sole Instructor)

    Spanish 333: Literature and Culture of Spanish America I – Summer 2013

    Covers major texts and themes from Pre-Columbian texts until the first half of the 20th century. It focuses on national identity formation and indigenous and indigenista points of view.

    Spanish 215: Introduction to Hispanic Literature – Summer 2010; Fall 2011

    Introduction to the fundamental concepts of the study of Hispanic and Latino American literature.

    Spanish 203: Conversation and Composition – Summer 2009, Fall 2012

    Spanish 204: Culture and Composition – Fall 2009; Summer 2011

    Focuses on improving students’ writing abilities through the analysis of Hispanic traditions, legends, and contemporary topics. Writing assignments were both academic and non-academic. 

  • Spanish Language and Composition Courses, Rutgers – New Brunswick

    Spanish 131: Intermediate Spanish 1 (3 sections) – Fall 2014

    Spanish 334: Literature and Culture of Spanish America II – Spring 2012 and 2013
    Covers major texts and themes from the 19th century until the first decade of the 21st century
    Literary movements and political contingency are central in the analysis of diverse texts
    Spanish 131: Intermediate Spanish I – Spring 2009 and 2011
    Spanish 121: Spanish Review and Continuation – Fall 2010
    Spanish 132: Intermediate Spanish II – Spring 2010
    Spanish 102: Elementary Spanish II – Fall 2008

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú – Full Time Instructor

    Argument and Composition – the full year of 2007 and 2008-I

    Seminar on Mario Vargas Llosa –2004-I and the full year of 2005

    Seminar on Miguel de Cervantes – 2004-II and 2005-II

    Latin American Short-stories –2006-I and 2005-II

    Seminar on Jorge Luis Borges –2005-II

    Seminar on “Fantastic Narrative” in Latin American –2006-II

    Latin American Narrative – summer of 2006

    World Theater – the year of 2004 and 2006-II

    Shakespeare’s Theater –2003-II, 2004-II and 2006-II

    Latin American Theater –2004-I

  • Academic Positions

    Part-Time Lecturer, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, Fall 2014

    Assistant Instructor, Rutgers University – Newark, Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

    Teaching Assistant, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, Fall 2008 – Fall 2013

    Teacher Assistant, Language Institute, Rutgers – New Brunswick, Summer 2009

    Assistant Director for the Summer Abroad Program in Spain, Rutgers – New Brunswick, Summer 2010

    Spanish Conversation Group Coordinator for Undergraduate Students and K-12 teachers, Language Institute, Rutgers –New Brunswick, Spring 2010.
    Full Time Instructor, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. 2003-2008

Contact Us

Academic Building-CAC
15 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

P  848-932-9323
F  732.932.7126