Residential Faculty Research Fellows

Spring 2022 Dresher Center Faculty Research Fellow

Maria Celleri, a Latinx woman with long dark hair, is smiling and wearing a light-colored button up shirt. She is standing in front of a wall with different colored veritcal stripes.María Célleri
Assistant Professor, Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies
Affiliate Faculty in Language, Literacy, and Culture

Project: “Uncovering the Virgen del Panecillo: Quito’s Postcolonial Urban Transformation and Decolonial Future Imaginaries”

“Uncovering the Virgen del Panecillo: Quito’s Postcolonial Urban Transformation and Decolonial Future Imaginaries” looks at the struggle for representation in colonial and national public commemorative figures and considers how we understand and challenge nation-building projects and the transformation of cultural capital. Célleri’s project is a postcolonial cultural research study on how public monuments, in particular the monument of the Virgen del Panecillo in Quito, Ecuador, come to represent and often reproduce national imaginations, which are then mapped onto national territories. Célleri examines several interrelated questions: How was Quito’s colonial history reimagined, packaged, and sold for touristic consumption during the 1970s, and what role did the Virgen del Panecillo serve for the nation as a form of cultural capital? What symbolic meaning does she occupy for Ecuadorians and Andean peoples today, and how have contemporary artistic representations of the Virgin exposed the often-hidden connections between colonialism, Catholicism, and the production of difference?

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