Daniel Escobar Lopez
Daniel Escobar Lopez

Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 20 00
E-mail: daniel.escobar@socant.su.se

Daniel Escobar Lopez joined the Department of Social Anthropology as a PhD student in 2012. His PhD research deals with questions about land, infrastructures and gender relations in the Peruvian Andes. Daniel graduated in Anthropology from the National University of San Antonio Abad Del Cusco, studied a master in Anthropology and Andean studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and earned his MSc in Social Anthropology from Stockholm University with a thesis on social welfare programs, poverty alleviation and constructions of responsible citizenship and gender in north-eastern Brazil. He has done research on tourism and handicraft in Peru and he has been involved in research projects about development and gender relations in urban areas in Cusco, Peru. Daniel has worked on environmental and development issues in a rural Peruvian municipality and has experience of teaching Peruvian culture and history. His research interests include tourism, development, land, infrastructures, material culture and gender.


The infrastructures of gender: on gendered local politics and land in an Andean Peruvian community (working title)

The PhD project about gender, land and infrastructures explores how economic change and development projects dealing with tourism and infrastructures in a rural Quechuan-speaking Andean village affect power hierarchies and gender relations. I follow the case of the emergence of a landscape tourist attraction and the consequent formation of a female handicraft association. I look at how its members negotiate ways and means to enter the local political arena in order to defend their right to control the land on which they sell their handicrafts. I also follow the case of how the project to construct an international airport in the area is affecting meanings of land ownership, territory and space and time perceptions in the whole district in general and the village and handicraft association in particular. More generally, the project situates gender and rural/urban relations within current discourses on tourism, development and modernity in Peru. The ethnographic material was collected during long-term fieldwork in Chinchero, Peru, and consists mainly of participant observation, interviews and to a lesser degree visual material.

Key words: Land, gender, infrastructures, tourism, development, Peru, Andes


"The Shifting Phases of a Commodity: Textiles and Ethnic Tourism on a Lake Titicaca Island" in Totem: The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology, 20, 1, Article 13.


Teaching assistant

  • Gender and Sexuality

Research funding/grants


  • Scholarship from the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography for short fieldwork.

Conferences, workshops


  • Congreso internacional de antropología AIBR, Madrid, July. Accepted paper: “The infrastructures of gender: on gendered local politics and land in an Andean Peruvian community”.

Lectures, seminars, teaching


  • Presentations of current research projects at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University, “On gender local politics and the boom of the construction in an Andean Peruvian community”, September 9.
  • Work in Progress, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. Paper: “Gender and tourism in an Andean community”, November 20.
  • Guest supervisor in a study research (ISP) as part of the program “Pueblos Indígenas y Globalización” organized by World Learning - School for International Training (SIT) Cusco-Peru, spring term.

Information about past activities can be found in the Department’s previous Annual Reports.