Dr. G.U. Ramon Joffre

  • Researcher/Lecturer

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I am interested in the narrative potential of objects, especially the relations between their material properties and their spatial contexts. To start, I consider questions like: Why do we believe that objects can be used to explain the past?, How we do explain the past using objects? and, How can we improve this exercise? 

My main focus is on the Andean past (pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial). Presently I am also working in the Caribbean (colonial and post-colonial) as a member of the Network Island project funded by the NWO.

To propose a more comprehensive narrative of the past through objects I have been integrating archaeology, ethnography and history; and, while the specific topics I investigate vary, my analytic strategy based in these three fields remains similar.

My main research topics are Andean pottery production and circulation systems, modes of periodisation of the pre-colonial past, ethnographic analogy, colonial cartography, urban history of Lima and the political uses of the pre-colonial past. Besides many articles and book chapters (see CV), I have published three books on those subjects (La muralla y los callejones, 1999, Los alfareros golondrinos 2013, El neoperuano 2014).

I obtained two BAs in parallel, one in archeology (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú) and other in history (Pontificia Universidad Catόlica del Peru, Lima). I got a MA in urban history at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and my thesis got a national prize in humanities in Lima, Peru (Maria Rostworowski Prize, 1998) and it was published as a book (1999). I got the PhD in archaeology at the University of East Anglia, UK with a thesis on Pottery Production and Distributions Systems in the Northern Peruvian Andes. One chapter of this thesis was recently published as a book (Los Alfareros Golondrinos, 2013, see published work). I did postgraduate research at several institutions, including the Free University of Brussels and postdoctoral research at the British Museum where I integrated a team devoted to the study of sacred sites and landscape in the Andes. With the Richard E. Greenleaf Library Fellowship at Tulane University, I was able to finish a long term project on the political uses of the pre-colonial past in Lima (1910-1940). One of my recent ethnoarchaeological projects (2013), in collaboration with a linguist, explored the relations between Pottery and Weaving nomenclatures in the department of Cajamarca, Northern Peruvian Andes.

Last Modified: 01-02-2016