The History Department Presents:
"Indigenismo and the Sciences of Race: Experiments in Psychiatry and High Altitude Physiology on Peru's Indigenous Peoples, 1910-1955"
A talk by Professor Adam Warren, Department of History, University of Washington
Thursday October 10, 12:30 to1:30 pm, Social Sciences 128
Between 1910 and 1955, science flourished and gained prestige in Peru by investigating the supposed physical and mental differences separating highland indigenous populations from lowland groups. This talk examines the relationship between proponents of race science within physical anthropology, psychiatry, and high altitude physiology and advocates of indigenismo, a political, intellectual, and artistic movement focused on vindicating the country’s indigenous masses and transforming their position in society. By looking at the uses of scientific experimentation on highland indigenous peoples, this talk shows how the politics of indigenismo came to influence the articulation of race in Peruvian science, and ultimately ended up perpetuating the idea that indigenous people were a fundamentally different “race” with limited potential for modernization.
Adam Warren is Howard and Frances Keller Endowed Associate Professor in Latin American History at the University of Washington. He is author of Medicine and Politics in Colonial Peru: Population Growth and the Bourbon Reforms (2010). Contact Martha Few for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.