Jean-Jacques Decoster

Jean-Jacques Decoster, native from France, studied Linguistics and Modern Literature in France (BA Lille) and Anthropology in the US (MA Virginia; Ph.D. Cornell). He also earned a Doctorate in Social Sciences from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru. His major publications are on aspects of Cultural Anthropology, Ethnology and Ethnohistory of the Andes. His Ph.D. dissertation (1994) was on the Production of Collective Identity in Andean highland communities. His participation in development issues over the years has always involved aspects of indigenous cultures: the relationship between native groups and their environment; socio-economic conditions of indigenous groups; and bilingual education in rural indigenous communities. He has been working as a consultant to international and bilateral institutions in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Peru and Uruguay. In Cusco, he is professor of Inca History and Colonial History at the Universidad National San Antonio Abad del Cusco. He is currently director of Centro Tinku, a cultural center, President of Asociación Kuraka, a non-profit organization and director of its research branch of the Instituto Latinoamericano de Investigación (ILAI). He is also the Academic Director of the newly established Instituto de Investigación de la Lengua Quechua, Cusco.