Silvia Spitta

Academic Appointments
  • Robert E. Maxwell 1923 Professor of Arts and Sciences

  • Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

My research centers on Latin American and Latinx material and visual culture, border culture, photography, and archives. In the past years I started to colaborate with Andean photography archives to digitize, preserve, and exhibit their holdings. I curated a city-wide exhibition of indigenous Martin Chambi's works  in Cusco in 2014 and in 2019 those of Baldomero Alejos  in Ayacucho, Peru where the Shining Path arose. I am currently co-editing the war photographs of Oscar Medrano and Vera Lentz for two major publications of their works.


Dartmouth Hall, Room 301D
HB 6072


  • Ph.D. University of Oregon
  • M.A. University of Oregon
  • B.A. University of California at San Diego

Selected Publications

  • Against Ruins: El Cusco de Martín Chambi. Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. (NYC: Hemi Press 2020).

    Del archivo a las calles. El Cusco de Martín Chambi. Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Trans. Catalina Arango (NYC: Hemi Press 2021).


  • Misplaced Objects: Migrating Collections and Recollections in Europe and the Americas (Houston: University of Texas Press, 2009).

    --Winner of the 2010 Institute for Humanities Research Transdisciplinary Book Award at Arizona State University.

  • Between Two Waters: Narratives of Transculturation in Latin America. Houston: Rice University Press, 1995. (Paperback edition: College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2006).


  • Des/Memorias: Prácticas y discursos mnemónicos en las Américas. With Adriana López-Labourdette and Valeria Wagner (Barcelona: Linkgua: 2016).

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