Roxana Quispe Collante became the first person to defend her PhD dissertation in Quechua.
Roxana Quispe Collante successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in Quechua at Peru’s San Marcos National University earlier this month. Collante obtained her degree in Peruvian and Latin American Literature with her work entitled: “Yawar Para, Kilku Warak’aq, Andrés Alencastre Gutiérrezpa harawin pachapi, Qosqomanta runasimipi harawi t’ikrachisqa, ch’ullanchasqa kayninpi,”
The thesis looked at the elements of Andean Cusqueño and Spanish syncretism in Quechua poetry, specifically looking at the work of the poet Andrés Alencastre Gutiérrez. Collante received high remarks, obtaining a score of 20 by the judges.
Quispe Collantes teaches and writes in both Quechua and English, and has a master’s degree from Peru’s Catholic Pontific University.
Watch a portion of her defense below:
Source: Peru 21