Dr. Maximilian Viatori

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Curriculum Vitae
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Ph.D. University of California-Davis

My research looks at dynamics of social exclusion and their contestation, primarily in South America. Between 2001 and 2006, I studied Indigenous activists in lowland Ecuador and their experiences with recent economic and social reforms. This project is the subject of my first book, One State, Many NationsIndigenous Rights Struggles in Ecuador. At present, I am studying narratives of national unification that emerged during Ecuador’s border disputes with Peru and the role these narratives played in reinforcing domestic paradigms of racial exclusion in Ecuador. I am also working on new ethnographic projects in Peru and Canada.

Research Interests
Latin America; Ecuador; Indigenous peoples, ethnicity and race; activism and social movements; nation-states and nationalism; language and public discourse.

Representative Publications

Forthcoming. Loss and Amazonian Otherness in Ecuador. Invited submission for special issue: Discourses of Loss in the Amazon. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. (26pp.)

2009. Re-imagining Amazonia (review article). Focaal: The European Journal of Anthropology 53:117-122.

2008. Soccer Nationalism: Ecuador and the World Cup.  City & Society 20(2):275-281.

2008. Gender and Indigenous Self-Representation in the Zápara Nationality of Ecuador.  Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 3(2):193-203.

2007. Speaking Sovereignty: Indigenous Languages and Self determination. (With Gloria Ushigua)  Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies 22(2):7-21.

2007. Zápara Leaders and Identity Construction in Ecuador: The Complexities of Indigenous Self-Representation.  Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 12(1):104-133.

2005. New Bodies, Ancient Blood: “Purity” and the Construction of Zápara Identity in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 3(2):175-195.