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Sebastian Lopez Vergara

Graduate Student

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M.A., Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media, University of Washington, 2016.

B.A., English Literature and Linguistics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2012.


I work at the intersections of Indigenous Studies, Latin American Studies, and Visual Studies. I have studied early Indigenous photography and the colonial archive in Latin America (with an emphasis on Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia, but also México and Perú) to understand differential processes of marginalization and dispossession across the region during the process of modernization at the turn of the 20th century. This is to argue that processes of liberal nation-state formation and capitalist development  in the Southern Cone and the Andes produce distinct forms of race, gender, and class in the long history of colonialism in the region.