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Michelle Wibbelsman
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin

"Migration, Diaspora, and Cosmopolitanism: Otavalan Communities on the Move"
Seminars : Latin America & Its Diasporas Seminar

Fri., Oct. 21, 2011, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Open to faculty, staff, and graduate students.
Location: Hall Center Seminar Room

Dr. Michelle Wibbelsman received her doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004.  She has undertaken field research in Imbabura, Pichincha, and Cotopaxi provinces in Ecuador since 1995. She completed 14 months of doctoral research in 2000-2001 on indigenous festivals in the northern highland regions of Otavalo and Cotacachi under a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Research Grant.

She published her first book entitled Ritual Encounters: Otavalan Modernand Mythic Community in 2009 with University of Illinois Press. The book is a critical ethnography that engages topics of religion; public festivals; history, myth and memory; performance and politics; aesthetics and power; intra-ethnic conflict; ritual violence; andtransnational migration. Her new research centers on indigenous transnational migration, diaspora and cosmopolitanism. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at St. Edward's University and in the Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at UT.

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