Marlén Rosas

Ph.D. Candidate
Education: 

B.A. Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Columbia University (2014), Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow

A.M. History, University of Pennsylvania (2016)

Email

mrosas@sas.upenn.edu

Advisor

Ann Farnsworth-Alvear

Dissertation Committee
Ann Farnsworth-Alvear
Amy Offner
Kathy Peiss

Dissertation Title
Recording Resistance: Indigenous Activists' Archives and Power in Twentieth-Century Ecuador

My dissertation brings critical archive studies, oral history, and intellectual history approaches to the study of indigenous mobilization in twentieth century Ecuador, arguably the most organized indigenous movement in the history of the Americas. It argues that indigenous activists remade literacy for themselves, expanding it to include radical forms of community-based archiving and the writing of history. They recorded oral histories, printed books and visual images, and  positioned their local leaders as icons for the next generation. This work laid claim to new forms of political participation as alliances with the organized Left unraveled, and government functionaries became systematic about limiting activists’ power. Their community’s history of militant activism that began in the 1920s was in the 1960s repositioned as an intellectual tool of political action.

Research Interests: 

Modern Latin American History; Indigenous Peoples' History; Oral History; Critical Archive Studies; Histories of Race and Ethnicity; History of Education; Intellectual History; Latin American Marxism; Agrarian History