Juan Andres Suarez Ontaneda

 Juan Suarez Ontaneda

Contact Information

Spanish, Italian & Portuguese
4132 Foreign Language Building
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

  • On Fellowship 2017-2018.
Graduate Student
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Research Interests

  • Afro-Latin American Literatures and Cultures (Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador), Performance Studies, Sound Studies, Afrofuturism, Film Studies.

Research Description

My dissertation project investigates the body as a medium of racial representation by looking at five Afro-Latin American artists in Brazil, Peru, and Colombia between 1940-2000. In conversation with performance studies and discourse analysis, my project analyzes the emergence of an Afro-Latin American public sphere through distinct yet interconnected forms of art and activism. My exploration focuses on Abdias do Nascimento’s experimental theater, Nicomedes Santa Cruz’s radio broadcasting, Victoria Santa Cruz’s choreographies, Delia Zapata Olivella’s dance manuals, and Manuel Zapata Olivella’s street theater. In doing so, my research illuminates how their performances created a language to enunciate everyday experiences of racism and discrimination in the region. I argue these artists used performances to reinvent discourses on blackness, cultural memory, and the meaning of democracy in multiracial societies.    


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Phd in Latin American Literatures and Cultures (2019-expected)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign M.A in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, 2014 (suma cum laude)
  • Saint Anselm College B.A Political Science and French, 2011 (cum laude)


  • SPAN 142: Spanish in the Professions (Spring 2013-Spring 2014)
  • SPAN 103: Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2012)

Selected Publications

Book Contributions

“Violencia en el Fútbol a Sol y Sombra” Crítica a la Ideología de la Seguridad Ciudadana “Violencia en el Fútbol a Sol y Sombra” Quito Municipio del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito y FLACSO 2011.