A Q&A with Roxana Escobar Ñañez, CDHI Graduate Fellow

Aug 11, 2023

Department Geography and Planning, U of T  | Supervisors: Matt Farish and Tamara Walker 

Project Title: Afro-Peruvian Women Digital Black Geographies

What are you hoping to learn as a CDHI fellow?

I’m hoping to learn how to put in conversation sonic and performances archives with the Black Geographies from the South . 

How did you first learn about digital methods and what attracts you to this kind of research?

I first learn about digital methods from my co-supervisor, who is also studying Afro-descendant people’s livelihoods from colonial times until now. What attracts me from this type of research is the possibility of telling and reflecting on different stories from a digital platform. 

What digital technologies or research methods do you use in your research?

I use digital archives of sounds and performances

What is one of your hobbies or something you like to do to unwind?

I like to play and study wind instruments. 

Roxana Escobar Nanez

Roxana Escobar Ñañez is a 5th year Human Geography PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. She is an international student from Peru. She has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and an M.A. in Political Science from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Since her master’s in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE-UofT), Roxana’s research focuses on the livelihoods of the Afro-Peruvian population in Peru. 

Currently, Roxana’s Ph.D. dissertation seeks to understand the ways in which the music and performance of Afro-Peruvian women in Lima have played a significant part in the city’s cultural identity. 


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