It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Peru, but the Andean country has a fascinating cultural scene centered on speculative fiction or futurismo. MSU Professors Alison Dobbins (Theatre), Rocío Quispe-Agnoli (Romance and Classical Studies) and Mark Valentine Sullivan (Music), presented and screened their 16-minute video exploring selected examples of the genre at this year’s International Book Fair in Lima (27 Feria Internacional del Libro de Lima).
In addition to collaborating with some MSU graduate students, the professors worked closely with Peruvian colleagues, including technical advisors César Santiváñez and Daniel Collazos. A raft of other Peruvian creators and professionals, such as the Qhipa Pacha Collective, publishers 3tipos and Pandemonium Editorial, and illustrator Hugo Espinoza also contributed to the project’s success.
The video is part of Engaged Pedagogies, a Booktrailers project. Important support also came from MSU’s College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, the Department of Theatre and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).