CHID & Honors in Peru 2020

CHID & Honors in Peru 2020

The Arts of Politics: Cultural Agency and Social Movements in Contemporary Peru


Location: Ayacucho and Lima, Peru

Dates: June 21 – July 22, 2020

Credits: 12 total


Course Credits Credit Type
HONORS 384A/CHID 472A: Peruvian Politics, Culture, and Society 5 Honors Social Science, I&S, “DIV”, “W”
HONORS 384B/CHID 390: Art, Politics, and Protest in Peru 5 Honors Social Science, I&S/VLPA, “DIV”, “W”
HONORS 384C/CHID 499: Independent Project 2 Honors Interdisciplinary, I&S/VLPA, “W”

Information Sessions

  • Nov. 14 @ 12:30 p.m. – Padelford C101
  • Dec. 5 @ 12 p.m. – MGH 206
  • Jan. 10 @ 12:30 p.m. – Padelford C-101

About the Program

About the Program

What can art teach us about colonialism, political violence, and human rights? This summer program makes the case that art is a powerful way to understand the world and change it! Directed by anthropologist María Elena García (CHID) and political scientist José Antonio Lucero (JSIS/CHID), this CHID/Honors program offers students an interdisciplinary examination of the intersections of art, culture, Indigeneity and politics in contemporary Peru. Examining the ways in which artists, activists, and the state have used culture as a terrain for political struggle, students will have the opportunity to explore how art can provide tools for understanding the workings of colonialism, political violence, and community resilience. Through a mix of lectures, small-group activities, and a public art project (no artistic experience required!), students will learn with Peruvian scholars, artists, human rights activists in the cities of Lima and Ayacucho, Peru.


Students will be staying at a small hotel in the district of Miraflores in Lima called Suite Service. The hotel also includes breakfast in their nightly rate, and the kitchen staff has always been very sensitive to student dietary restrictions and preferences.  In Ayacucho we expect to stay at the hotel, ViaVia Cafe Ayacucho, located on the main Plaza de Armas.

Program Credit / Course Description

CHID 472A/HONORS 384A: Peruvian Politics, Culture, and Society, 5 credits (I&S, “DIV”,”W”)

Instructors: MariaElena García and Tony Lucero

This course offers an introduction to the history, culture, and politics of Peru. Examining the legacies of colonialism, political violence, and democratic transition, students will be introduced to critical developments in twentieth and twenty-first century Peru. This course will be taught in English.

CHID 390/HONORS 384B: Art, Politics, and Protest in Peru, 5 credits (I&S/VLPA, “DIV”, “W”)

Instructors: MariaElena García and Tony Lucero

The CHID Junior Colloquium focuses on theoretical and practical problems involved in knowledge production. This iteration of CHID 390 takes advantage of our location in Peru and dialogues with artists, scholars and activists to ask how art can function as a form of knowledge production and dissemination. This course examines the various forms that art as knowledge production can take and the consequences those formal decisions can have. Theater, plastic arts, collective mural projects, and music all provide different understandings of how aesthetics, politics, and epistemologies can operate in unexpected

CHID 499/HONORS 384C: Independent Project, 2 credits (I&S/VLPA, “W”)

Instructors: MariaElena García and Tony Lucero

In consultation with the program directors, students will undertake a project of their own choosing and design. Students may work independently or collaboratively in creating an artistic work or research paper incorporating the themes of the program. Examples of such projects include murals, theatrical performances, musical composition, creative writing, or empirical research. Given the time constraints of the program, students are not expected to complete the project but to elaborate a research proposal and conduct some preliminary research. The hope is that this project can serve as the basis of future research including CHID, LACS, or Honors theses and Fulbright or other external fellowships.

Program Leadership

Program Leadership

Dr. José Antonio (Tony) Lucero, Associate Professor in Jackson School of International Studies and Comparative History of Ideas

Faculty Bio

Dr. MariaElena García, Associate Professor in Comparative History of Ideas, Honors Hanuaer Professor of Western Civilization

Faculty Bio

Program Expenses

Program Expenses

The costs listed includes tuition via concurrent enrollment fee and all housing and excursions.Students are responsible for most meals, airfare, study abroad fee, and insurance.

Program fee: $3,800

UW concurrent enrollment fee: $450

Average Airplane Ticket: $1,200-1,800 round trip

Daily out of pocket food costs (approx): TBA

Payment Schedule: Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Making the Program Affordable

The Honors Program is passionate about study abroad and the incredible impact it can have on a student’s life.  Don’t assume you can’t afford to study outside of the U.S. Here are resources to help you get started on your global adventures!Honors Program Scholarships

The Honors Program offers a number of scholarships for current Honors Program students. These scholarship funds may be used for UW approved study abroad programs or exchanges. Students may apply beginning in late January (deadline is March 30).

Study Abroad Scholarships at UW

Every student who applies and is accepted to a study abroad program is considered for a scholarship. Scholarship awards are dependent on need and students  may be awarded up to $4,000. Visit the study abroad office in 459 Schmitz Hall to learn more or click here.  Students may also email for an advising appointment.There are several outside resources for study abroad scholarships. Visit the UW’s Study Abroad Scholarship page for more information on scholarship support as well as information about GET funds and how you may apply the GET to your study abroad costs.

Using Financial Aid for Study Abroad

You may find more information about using your existing financial aid for study abroad on the Study Abroad Office’s Financial Aid webpage.  In general, all financial aid awarded may be used to support study abroad. Exceptions to this include tuition waivers, work-study awards, or scholarships that are specific about using the award for tuition (although there may be flexibility with some scholarships, please check with the financial aid office). Tuition waivers and work-study are never allowed for study abroad.

Revision of Need

You may also turn in a “Revision of Need” form with the Financial Aid Office if you have a FAFSA on file. Once you are accepted to a study abroad program, visit the Study Abroad Office to obtain a budget for your study abroad program then complete the Revision Request and turn in both the budget and the revision request to the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Financial Aid Study Abroad Funding Website for more information about applying for Summer quarter financial aid and for information about Exploration Seminar financial aid timeline (different than A or B term financial aid disbursement timeline).

Application Process

Application Considerations/Process

This program is designed for undergraduates, although we may consider graduate students in special cases. Students from a diversity of disciplines are encouraged to apply if they are committed to the goals and material of the program. Honors students can fulfill experiential learning requirements on this program.

Living conditions are at times rustic with camping conditions for at least 50% of the time; however there will be no backpacking trips or trekking. Students are expected to spend a significant portion of most days outside, often hiking. Weather can vary from cold/rainy to hot/humid with biting insects.

Academic seniority may be a factor in some selection decisions. Prior coursework in environmental studies, ecology and evolution is also a helpful background, but not required. Students will also be asked to write a short essay on what they hope to get out of the course. Their answers will also help prioritize candidates. Willingness to deal with harsh field conditions is highly recommended (hot/cold days, mosquitoes, long days).

Deadline: January 31, 2020