Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui

Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui is a renowned Bolivian sociologist and intellectual linked to the Indian Katarista and the coca-growers movements. She is part of the self-managed Colectivx Ch'ixi collective.

She was a senior lecturer in Sociology at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés de La Paz (UMSA), where she is currently an emeritus professor, and visiting lecturer at the Universities of Columbia (New York, USA), Austin (Texas, USA), La Rábida (Huelva, Spain), Jujuy (Argentina) and the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar de Quito (Ecuador). Together with other intellectuals, she founded the Andean Oral History Workshop (THOA) in 1983, with which she worked on themes of orality, identity, and Indigenous and popular social movements, mainly in the Aymara region.

In recent years, she has promoted the El Tambo Colectivo space, a cultural centre in La Paz that seeks to unite theoretical knowledge with manual and environmental work.