Indigenous languages and their speakers: Scientific and Professional Perspectives in Southern Peruvian Quechua and Beyond

In recent decades, there has been a growing emphasis on indigenous languages as a means for younger generations to reconnect with their ancestral roots. However, this focus is just the beginning of integrating indigenous culture into broader social practices in multicultural nations. This panel will examine how this integration is being negotiated and implemented in two domains where indigenous languages have historically been marginalized: sciences and professional settings. Topics include (i) creating and promoting an academic/formal style to address basic scientific terminology in an indigenous language; (ii) transmitting scientific knowledge in these languages through local institutions; (iii) the professional applications that indigenous languages have achieved; and (iv) the career challenges faced by indigenous people using their native languages. By bringing together speakers of Southern Peruvian Quechua and Native American languages this panel wants to encourage the dialogue between different experiences, similar challenges, and the search of the common goal of promoting the broader use of indigenous languages across society.


Jermani Ojeda Ludeña (Quechua, from Curahuasi, Apurimac, Peru, Ph.D. Student in the Spanish and Portuguese Program, University of Texas, Austin)

Beatriz Aro Quispe (Quechua, from Canas, Cuzco, Peru, student at the Escuela Nacional de Arte Dramático, in Lima, Peru)

Daniel Miranda Huallpa (Quechua, from Calca, Cuzco, Peru, Historian and member of the Kamaq Yachachiqkuna Association for promotion of science in Quechuan languages)

Marylin Reed (Navajo, educator and farmer, Elementary, Multicultural Education, and Leadership in Education)

Moderator: Carlos Molina Vital (Quechua Language Instructor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)


Date: Wednesday , March 13

Time: 1:30pm-2:45pm

Location:  Museum of Natural History - CU