Genner Llanes Ortiz
My research touches different aspects of Indigenous heritage, but I am particularly interested in the role of indigenous art forms (music, cinema, video) and digital activism in cultural and linguistic revitalization.
In this, I strive to conduct collaborative projects with my own people, the Yucatec Maya in Mexico, but also with other peoples in the Americas, like the Wayana in Surinam or the Kichwa in Ecuador. To understand contemporary and historic notions of heritage, we require a complex knowledge of local (often indigenous) perspectives, and a research-practice based on intercultural dialogue and decolonizing methodologies.
Among others, I am involved in the Twinning Project Engaged humanities in Europe: Capacity building for participatory research in linguistic-cultural heritage.
Genner Llanes-Ortiz is a Maya scholar from Yucatán, México. He trained as a social anthropologist at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan (UADY), and completed a DPhil in Social Anthropology in 2010 at the University of Sussex, in the United Kingdom.
His research is concerned with Indigenous knowledge, organizations and performing arts, as well as intercultural dialogue. He has worked collaboratively with NGOs and Indigenous organizations in Mexico, Ecuador, Belize and Guatemala. His research has explored forms of representing Indigenous knowledge in intercultural education in Latin America, and more recently, focuses on Indigenous artistic forms in relation to language revitalization, anti-racism and decolonization.
He worked in the “Indigeneity in the Contemporary World” project in Royal Holloway University of London, and also in the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) in Mexico City.