Omar Rivera

Notable Achievements

Omar Rivera, assistant professor of philosophy and chair of the Race and Ethnicity Studies Minor, presented a paper titled “Cataclysmic Potency in Inka Stonework” as part of the Mike Ryan Lecture Series in Philosophy at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Ga., April 24.

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Expertise

Latin American Philosophy (Pre-Columbian to 21st Century, including Latin American Marxisms), Latinx Philosophy,19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy (especially Phenomenology and Hermeneutics), Decolonial Philosophy (Epistemology, Race Theory, Feminist Theory), Aesthetics (including Latin American and Latinx Art), Ancient Greek Philosophy

Omar Rivera (PhD, Penn State) grew up in Lima, Peru, and was trained in philosophy in the United States and Germany. He was a DAAD research scholar at the university of Freiburg, Germany, where he focused on the relationship between phenomenology and Ancient Greek Philosophy. After earning his doctorate, he developed a further expertise in Latin American and Latinx political philosophy and aesthetics. He is the author of Delimitations of Latin American Philosophy: Beyond Redemption (Indiana University Press, 2019).  In 2018-2019 he was awarded the ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship and was a research faculty at LLILAS-Benson at the University of Texas in Austin. During this residency he completed his second book Cosmological Aesthetics in Andean Philosophy: Racial Embodiment and Decolonial Resistance (currently under review). He has two more book manuscripts underway, Shadow Knowledge: Resistant Epistemologies in Latin American and Latinx Philosophy and The Body of The Earth: Elemental Settings of Border Aesthetics. Due to his research, he splits his time when possible between Austin, TX, and Cusco, Peru.  

  • Omar Rivera (PhD, Penn State) grew up in Lima, Peru, and was trained in philosophy in the United States and Germany. He was a DAAD research scholar at the university of Freiburg, Germany, where he focused on the relationship between phenomenology and Ancient Greek Philosophy. After earning his doctorate, he developed a further expertise in Latin American and Latinx political philosophy and aesthetics. He is the author of Delimitations of Latin American Philosophy: Beyond Redemption (Indiana University Press, 2019).  In 2018-2019 he was awarded the ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship and was a research faculty at LLILAS-Benson at the University of Texas in Austin. During this residency he completed his second book Cosmological Aesthetics in Andean Philosophy: Racial Embodiment and Decolonial Resistance (currently under review). He has two more book manuscripts underway, Shadow Knowledge: Resistant Epistemologies in Latin American and Latinx Philosophy and The Body of The Earth: Elemental Settings of Border Aesthetics. Due to his research, he splits his time when possible between Austin, TX, and Cusco, Peru.  

  • Selected Works

    Authored Books

    Rivera, Omar. 2019. Delimitations of Latin American Philosophy: Beyond Redemption (Indiana University Press)

    Rivera, Omar. Under Review. Cosmological Aesthetics in Andean Philosophy: Racial
    Embodiment and Decolonial Resistance

    Selected Book Chapters

    Rivera, Omar. 2019. “Inversiones Estéticas y Visualidades Andinas: Hacia una Estética de la Liberación” (forthcoming in Para una Estética Decolonial, Enrique Tellez Ed., México)

     Rivera, Omar. 2018. “Hermenéutica, representatividad y espacio en filosofías de liberación social (una perspectiva Latinoamericana).” In Sujeto, Descolonización y Transmodernidad: Debates Filosóficos Latinoamericanos. Mabel Moraña, ed. Frankfurt/Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert

    Selected Recent and Forthcoming Articles

    Rivera, Omar and Hajovsky, Patrick. “Visual Epistemologies of Resistance: Imaging Saints and Virgins in Contemporary Cusco” (Under Review)

    Rivera, Omar. “Approaching Resistant Epistemologies in Latin American Philosophy” (Journal of World Philosophy, Summer 2020)

    Rivera, Omar. 2020. “Stillness, Aesthesis, Resistance.” (Critical Philosophy of Race forthcoming)

    Rivera, Omar. 2019. “Approaching Racial Embodiment, Aesthetics and Liberation in José Carlos Mariategui’s Seven Essays” (APA Newsletter for Hispanics in Philosophy, forthcoming)

    Rivera, Omar. 2017. “Epistemological and Aesthetic Dimensions of Transmodernism: Linda Martín Alcoff’s and Alejandro Vallega’s Readings of Enrique Dussel.” Inter-American Journal of Philosophy 8/2

    Rivera, Omar. 2017. “Reading Alejandro Vallega Toward a Decolonial Aesthetics.” Comparative and Continental Philosophy 9/2

  • Selected Recent Presentations

    2019. “Cataclysms: Elemental Exposures of a Cosmic Past” at the Collegium Phaenomenologicum on “Critical Phenomenology” in Citta Di Castello, Italy.

    2019. “Elemental Spectrality in Andean Art” (invited speaker at the University of Oregon)

    2019. “Art and Resistance” at the “Philosophies of Liberation Encuentro” (Loyola Marymount University)

    2019. “Pachakuti and Elemental Architecture” at the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Meeting)

    2019. “Elemental Rhythms of Andean Built Environments” at the conference “Hermeneutics, the Humanities and the Future of Interpretation” (Texas A&M University)

    2018. “Exilic Nostalgia: Aesthetics of Liberation and Decolonial Imagination” At the APA Central Division. Chicago, IL

    2017. “Displacing Architecture: Gadamer’s Aesthetics and Inka Stonework.” At the NASPH conference, Baltimore, MD.

    2017. “Fixed Bodies and Irrecuperable Spaces (Decolonizing Space).” At the Decolonizing Philosophy: Latinx and Latin American Perspectives Conference, St. Mary’s University. San Antonio, Texas.

    2017. “The Rhythms of Stone, Water and Light in Inka Stonework” at the Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Citta di Castello, Italy.

    2017. “Corporalidades en Traslado y la Imaginación Decolonial” at the LASA meeting in Lima, Peru.