Latin American Art Series: Imagining Gender and Race in Contemporary Peru

Florence E. Babb will speak on developing research based on observations of imagery marketed to tourists in Peru known as las chismosas.


Las chismosas are stock paintings and textiles featuring women seated close together with their backs to the viewer, wearing traditional polleras, hats, and braided hair. In her talk, Florence Babb (University of North Carolina) will use these images as a lens through which to consider gendered and racialized notions of Andeans, past and present.

There will be a reception in the museum galleries with light refreshments after the lecture and Q&A.

This event is sponsored by the Arts & Lecture Committee at Ursinus College.

Headshot of Florence E. BabbAbout the speaker

Florence E. Babb is currently the Harrington Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Babb is a cultural anthropologist specializing in gender and sexuality as well as race and class in changing contexts in Latin America. Her research is centered around the ways in which racialized and gendered geographies shape women’s and men’s experiences in these diverse settings.

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