Cultural Heritage Research and Pedagogy: A Case Study from Bolivia


Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships




This project explores Bolivia’s transformations in cultural heritage in the past two decades and how social perceptions of this legacy have been challenged since the reversal of the country’s Indigenous nationalism at the start of the new millennium. The work critically engages global heritage and tourism studies and Andean ethnography and unpacks the connection of local identities to the global circulation of ideas on nationhood and patrimony. The project also creates a space for conversations between Bolivian and Bolivianist scholars to analyze the evolution of national belonging and patrimony and to strengthen ties between academia in the global North and South. An additional component features the application of best practices in pedagogies of heritage within an ethnographic methods course for community college students.