Study Abroad: Gender, Sexuality, and Postcoloniality in Contemporary Ecuador
Come join us in Ecuador to learn about human rights struggles regarding sexuality, gender, indigeneity, and the environment in Latin America. Activists, non-profits, and Constitutional reform in Ecuador are creating a vibrant, yet contested, moment of social change, with new discourses, identities, and social movements entering the public sphere. We will bear witness to the politics of everyday life as sexual minorities, indigenous groups, and transgender collectives work for social justice in this contemporary context.
Before our travel, we will read about sexuality, gender, indigeneity, decolonization, and human rights in Latin America and Ecuador. In Quito, we will attend classes (in English) with faculty at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), meet with NGO-based activists advocating for LGBTQ, conservation, and decolonial movements, tour Quito’s colonial quarter (the largest in Latin America), visit local sights, and enjoy a cooking class. We will take a day-trip to Otavalo, an indigenous market town. We will also travel to the “Middle of the World,” the site of the equator, before spending two nights at an eco-lodge in the Cloud Forest of Mindo, where we can hike, watch butterflies and birds, and learn about conservation of a rare biodiverse ecosystem.