SERGIO MIGUEL HUARCAYA

Miguel is an ethnographic filmmaker who completed his PhD in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, in 2010, and holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito, Ecuador. From 1998 to 2001, he collaborated with the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) as a video producer and instructor. The documentary The Dignity of the Peoples: The Uprising of 2000, which he co-directed and edited, won the Rigoberta Menchú Grand Prize in the First Peoples’ Film and Video Festival in Montreal, Canada, in 2001.

His research explores the ways in which constructions of indigineity relate to both the naturalization of inequalities and the resistance to subordination. His doctoral thesis examined the emergence of indigenous challenges to dominant constructions of social identity in the Ecuadorian highlands. Considering ethnic categorization as relational, contextual and performative, his analysis demonstrates that these challenges have been fundamental for the articulation of ethnic demands and the revitalization of indigenous cultures.

As a post-doctoral researcher at Royal Holloway, Sergio aims to elucidate the political work of indigenous festive performance in Andean countries. His work focuses on the ways in which indigenous performance has become explicitly political, subverting hegemonic formations of identity and alterity, and questioning the normalization of indigenous subordination.