Event Title

Decolonial Gestures: A Photovoice Study on Qecchua-Spanish Bilingualism

Start Date

8-11-2017 8:30 AM

End Date

8-11-2017 12:30 PM

Description

This study employed a participatory method, photovoice, to explore Quechua-Spanish bilingual practices and ideologies of college students in Cusco, and promote critical dialogues to challenge ideologies that have held back the maintenance/revitalization of the Quechua language in higher education. University policies in Cusco promote inclusion of indigenous knowledge and practices, yet bilingual Spanish-Quechua practices on campuses have remained largely symbolic. Findings suggest that participants contributed to community critical awareness of Quechua-Spanish bilingual ideologies in Cusco when presenting their visual metaphors during photo exhibitions. Participants shared their experiences as bilingual students facing barriers to maintaining their Quechua language and proposals (based in their unlearned, relearned, and learned ideologies) for helping their university create more opportunities for using Quechua in college.

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Decolonial Gestures: A Photovoice Study on Qecchua-Spanish Bilingualism

This study employed a participatory method, photovoice, to explore Quechua-Spanish bilingual practices and ideologies of college students in Cusco, and promote critical dialogues to challenge ideologies that have held back the maintenance/revitalization of the Quechua language in higher education. University policies in Cusco promote inclusion of indigenous knowledge and practices, yet bilingual Spanish-Quechua practices on campuses have remained largely symbolic. Findings suggest that participants contributed to community critical awareness of Quechua-Spanish bilingual ideologies in Cusco when presenting their visual metaphors during photo exhibitions. Participants shared their experiences as bilingual students facing barriers to maintaining their Quechua language and proposals (based in their unlearned, relearned, and learned ideologies) for helping their university create more opportunities for using Quechua in college.