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CEDLA Researchers

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Dr Arij Ouweneel

Oud-hoogleraar & Associate Professor (UHD), retired


Arij Ouweneel is Associate Professor at CEDLA and was Special Professor of Historical Anthropology of the Amerindian Peoples at the Universiteit Utrecht from 1999 to 2004. He graduated cum laude in Social-Economic History at the Universiteit Leiden in 1983 and received his PhD cum laude in Social-Economic History at the same university in 1989. Over the past decade he changed from colonial history to contemporary public history and the cognitive cultural studies (psychology of art). See more details at the personal page at UvA website +INFO


Ouweneel’s current field of study is public history. This field studies the representation of history in the public sphere. One line of inquiry in this field regards film makers, painters, or cartoonists as public historians in their own right. This is the line that stands central in Ouweneel’s current research, analyzing source material from Spain, Germany, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Argentina and Mexico. Theoretically, he tries to amend this work on public histories with insights from the cognitive sciences, especially the applied psychology of art. The essence of this is that in large measure information processing is mediated by learned or innate mental structures that organize related pieces of our knowledge. Because a narrative cultural memory is a specific cognitive schema, its parameters and elements can be identified analyzing artifacts. A specific focus of Ouweneel's investigations is on Amerindian history. He started his career writing about the self-confident position of Amerindians in Bourbon Mexico (Shadows over Anáhuac, The Flight of the Shepherd), but changed over the past decades to the history of the present (Terug naar Macondo, Freudian Fadeout, Resilient Memories). Recently he finished a manuscript on Frida Kahlo and the Intervening Agent, in Dutch and soon also in English.

Ouweneel, A. (2018). Resilient Memories-
Graphing TransIndigenous Comic Books Tuc
 Terug naar Macondo. Het spook van Honde
Ouweneel, A. (2012). Freudian Fadeout- T
Housing and Belonging in Latin America.


Ouweneel, A. (2018). Resilient Memories: Amerindian Cognitive Schemas in Latin American Art. (Cognitive Approaches to Culture). Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State University Press.

Ouweneel, A. (2018). Contemporary Amerindian imaginaries and the challenge of intersectional analysis. In F. L. Aldama (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Latin American Culture (pp. 263-272). (Routledge Companions to Gender). London: Routledge. 

Ouweneel, A. (Accepted/In press). Outsmarting the Lords of Death: An Amerindian Cognitive Script in Comics. In F. L. Aldama (Ed.), Graphing TransIndigenous Comic Books Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Ouweneel, A. (2015). One Block at a Time: Performing the Neighbourhood. In C. Klaufus, & A. Ouweneel (Eds.), Housing and Belonging in Latin America (pp. 294-319). New York: Berghahn. 

Ouweneel, A. (2012). Freudian Fadeout: The Failings of Psychoanalysis in Film Criticism. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. 

Ouweneel, A. (2012). Us and Them: Researching Deep Roots of Andean Culture. In A. Ouweneel (Ed.), Andeans and their use of cultural resources: Space, gender, rights & identity (pp. 107-129). (Cuadernos del CEDLA; Vol. 25). Amsterdam: CEDLA. 

Ouweneel, A. (2005). The Flight of the Shepherd: Microhistory and the Psychology of Cultural Resilience in Bourbon Central Mexico. (CEDLA Latin America Studies; Vol. 93). Amsterdam: Aksant.

Ouweneel, A. (2004). El debate Villalobos: Amerindios en McWorld. In Cruzando fronteras: reflexiones sobre la relevancia de fronteras históricas, simbólicas y casi desaparecidas en América Latina (pp. 147-181). Quito: Abya Yala.

Ouweneel, A. (2003). The 'Collapse' of the Peruvian Ayllu. In T. Salman, & A. Zoomers (Eds.), Imaging the Andes: shifting margins of a marginal world (pp. 81-98). (CEDLA Latin America studies; Vol. 91). Amsterdam: Aksant.

Ouweneel, A. (2000). El gobernador de indios, el repartimiento de comercios y la caja de comunidad en los pueblos de indios del México central (siglo xviii). In M. Menegus (Ed.), El repartimiento forzoso de mercancías en México, Perú y Filipinas (pp. 65-88). Mexico DF: CEU UNAM.

Ouweneel, A. (2000). Representing the Core of Maya culture. In P. van Dijck, & E. al. (Eds.), Fronteras: Towards a Borderless Latin America (pp. 275-291). (CEDLA Latin America studies; Vol. 87). Amsterdam: CEDLA, University of Amsterdam.

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