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Claudia Ruth Brosseder

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Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Associate Professor

Research Interests

My research engages ethnohistory, archaeology, and art history (among other disciplines) to reconstruct prehistoric and early colonial Andean belief systems, ontologies, and human-animal relations. I have published books on the history of early modern astrology, Andean wak’a, and Inka relationships with birds. My most recent publication, “Inka Bird Idiom. Amazonian Feathers in the Andes” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2023) deciphers the powerful Andean symbolic idiom of feathers.


Ph.D.: Munich University, Habilitation: Munich University

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, History
Associate Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Recent Publications

Brosseder, C. R. (2023). Inka Bird Idiom: Amazonian Feathers in the Andes. (Pitt Latin American Series). University of Pittsburgh Press.

Brosseder, C. R. (2019). Unsettling and Unsettled Readings: Occult Scripts in 16th-Century Lima and the Challenges of Andean Knowledge. In E. A. Engel (Ed.), A Companion to Early Modern Lima (pp. 275-309). (Brill's Companions to the Americas; Vol. 2). Brill.

Brosseder, C. R. (2018). El Poder de la Huacas: Cambios y resistencia en los andes del Perú colonial. Ediciones El Lector.

Brosseder, C. (2018). Secularizing the Andes: The Effects of Transcultural Processes on Colonial Andean Rituals. In I. G. Županov, & P. A. Fabre (Eds.), The Rites Controversies in the Early Modern World (pp. 301-321). (Studies in Christian Mission; Vol. 53). Brill.

Brosseder, C. (2018). The conquest of the Andes from Andean perspectives. In The Andean World (pp. 161-174). Taylor and Francis.

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