An Eighty-Five Year-Old Case of Plagiarism

Posted by Amy Obermeyer, doctoral student in Comparative Literature at NYU My time in the archives at the Biblioteca Nacional de Perú , like most archival work was filled with its shares of disappointment big and small—of missing materials and dead-end leads, of bad ideas and boring ones—alongside the daily monotony of combing through ancientContinue reading “An Eighty-Five Year-Old Case of Plagiarism”

“Un caso sensacional y atentatorio a la soberanía del País”

Posted by Amy Obermeyer, doctoral student in Comparative Literature On May 13, 1940, a series of anti-Japanese riots took place in Lima. The tumult continued for days. Despite massive violence and unrest, police took no action to quell the tension; ten were dead, damages totaling $6 million were reported, affecting in total 620 households, andContinue reading ““Un caso sensacional y atentatorio a la soberanía del País””

Modern and Stateless: A Case Study of the International, Racialized Modernity of the Peruvian Nikkei

Posted by Amy Obermeyer, doctoral student in Comparative Literature at NYU The history of Japanese immigration to, and their descendants in, Peru is a vexed story that seem more at home in a spy novel of “international intrigue” than in the pages of academic scholarship. It begins in the late-nineteenth century on a stranded shipContinue reading “Modern and Stateless: A Case Study of the International, Racialized Modernity of the Peruvian Nikkei”

Imminent Displacement: the Shipibo in Lima

About 1000 Shipibos live in Cantagallo, a shanty-town in the Rimac district of Lima, Peru.  The Shipibo-Conibo are an indigenous group that live near the Ucayali river in the Amazon region of Peru. They make up about 10-15% of Cantagallo, the rest being populations that migrated from other areas in Peru, particularly the Andean regions. Continue reading “Imminent Displacement: the Shipibo in Lima”

Bagua Not Forgotten

June 5 marked five years since the bloodshed in the Peruvian city of Bagua, situated in the Amazon. The Peruvian government negotiated a Free Trade Agreement with the United States that came into effect in February of 2009. It gave mining corporations special rights to access the Amazon for oil exploration and subsequent exploitation.  ThereContinue reading “Bagua Not Forgotten”

“Nación” en la Lima (post)colonial

En esta entrada quisiera dar cuenta de mi indagación en algunos textos que registran la manera en que el término nación fue usado en cultura política de la ciudad de Lima desde finales del siglo XVIII hasta las primeras décadas del siglo XIX. En el Mercurio Peruano, uno de los impresos periódicos más importantes deContinue reading ““Nación” en la Lima (post)colonial”