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Meet our Spring 2015 Tinker Visiting Professors!

by Bette Benson (LACIS Social Media/Outreach Intern, BA, Pol Sci, Intl Stud & LACIS ’15)

LACIS is excited to welcome Professor Víctor Vich Florez and Professor Virginia Zavala, both of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) as our spring 2015 Tinker Visiting Scholars!

Virginia Zavala, Ph.D in Sociolinguistics and Professor of Humanities, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.


Victor Vich
Victor Vich Florez, Principal Professor of Literature at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and Chair of its Cultural Studies Program.


Vich Florez is widely esteemed as one of the most insightful and original writers and academics in Perú today. His interdisciplinary approach to understanding Perú’s complex literary, cultural, and political history has resulted in a number of groundbreaking studies. He has lectured at universities across Latin America and the United States, and has received prestigious fellowships and awards, in addition to directing or participating in numerous international conferences.

Professor Vich Florez obtained his B.A. in Literature and Linguistics from PUCP in 1992; his M.A. in Latin American Literature from Duke University in 1997; and his Ph.D. at Georgetown University in 2000. He has since published several books on the relationship between violence and literature, the role of memory in Perú’s recent past, Perú’s contemporary culture and politics, as well as dozens of articles on a wide range of topics – everything from theories of representation to globalization and citizenship. Voces del más allá de lo simbólico: Ensayos sobre soesía peruana and Poéticas del duelo: arte, memoria y violencia en el Perú contemporáneo are his two most recent books.

Teaching in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Professor Vich Florez is offering an undergraduate seminar of Hispanic literature, culture, and linguistics entitled, “Representations of Political Violence in Peru.

Linguistics professor Virginia Zavala of the Humanities Department of PUCP, is a preeminent scholar of issues surrounding language and education, with a focus on the Andes. Her work includes studies of bilingual programs and policies, revitalization of indigenous languages, as well as academic literacies and classroom discourse. In addition to her scholarly work, Professor Zavala has consulted for the Ministry of Education in Peru and is director of the Revista Peruana de Investigación Educativa. Additionally, she has coordinated and participated in various conferences on the topic of Peruvian education. She has previously been a guest professor at universities in Latin America and Spain, as well at the University of Pennsylvania..

Professor Zavala received her B.A. in Linguistics and Literature from PUCP in 1994, and her M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University. She has since published several books and numerous articles on the juncture of language and literacy with education. Batallas por el Quechua is her latest book.

Hosted by the School of Education, Professor Zavala will be teaching a Curriculum Seminar entitled, “Racism, Discourse and Education in the Americas.”

Professor Zavala will be giving a public lecture during the LACIS Lunchtime Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 17th at Noon in 206 Ingraham Hall: “Tactics of intersubjectivity and literacy ideologies in a community of practice: Reflections from a Quechua language policy”.

Professor Vich Florez will be giving a public lecture during the LACIS Lunchtime Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 3rd at Noon in 206 Ingraham Hall: La violencia, la dictadura y la globalización: arte y política en el Perú contemporáneo”.

Please join us in welcoming both Professor Vich and Professor Zavala to campus!