Luz María de la Torre

DSCN9331 Lecturer
Department of Spanish and Portuguese,
Latin American Institute
Office: Rolfe Hall 5326
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Phone: (310) 206-8880

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Luz Maria De la Torre Amaguana has been appointed as a Lecturer of Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Institute. She is a Kichwa (quechua) indigenous woman from Ecuador. She received her BA in Languages and Applied Linguistics from the Catholic University (1997). Her thesis was focused in the Indigenous Bilingual Education. She earned her Master degree in Political Sciences at FLACSO (2006). Her research was concentrated in the Indigenous Movement and its relation with the Ecuadorian Government, specifically since the 1990 when took place the Indigenous National uprising. She has taught at the numerous universities in Ecuador and U.S. She worked in the Education and Foreign Relations Ministries. She served as consulting a wide range of national and international institutions. She has given more than 200 lectures in Ecuador and many other countries. Her research, writing and teaching range is about topics of the Andes understanding of the cosmos, gender from the Andean perspective, Andean alternative economies, and new political relations with the States, the society and the indigenous peoples. Currently she is writing about the different meanings of being an Indigenous woman today, even a method for teaching the Quechua language.

Selected Publications

  • “Renace el conocimiento indígena en América,” EL TEQUIO # 9. Journal of the Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales-FIOB, Los Ángeles, 2011.
  • “¿Qué significa ser mujer indígena en la contemporaneidad?” MESTER # 39. Graduate students’ journal, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles-UCLA, 2010.
  • Kichwa-Castellano, Yachakukkunapa Shimiyuk Kamu, Ministerio de Educacion del Ecuador, 2009
  • La reciprocidad en el mundo andino: el caso del pueblo de Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador, Abya-Yala, ILDIS-FES, 2004.
  • Historia del Movimiento de Mujeres en Otavalo, Centro de Acción de la Mujer Otavaleña-CEAMO's, 2003.
  • Un Universo femenino en el mundo Andino, Instituto para el Desarrollo de las Investigaciones Cientificas, Quito, 1999.
  • Dictionary of Spanish –quichua, Otavalo, Ecuador, Tupac Producciones Didácticas 1ª. ed., 1998.
  • “The Participation of Indigenous Women in the Uprising of 1991,” Sismo Etnico en el Ecuador. Varias Perspectivas, Abya-Yala Ed., Quito, 1993.