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Miguel Rojas Sotelo, Program Coord

Miguel Rojas Sotelo

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo works at the intersection of critical human geography, ethnic studies, visual anthropology, environmental and health humanities and cultural theory. As scholar, filmmaker, visual artist, and media activist he studies how communities of color (indigenous and migrants) and natural spaces are shaped by modernity and how they mobilize to adapt and resist. He is particularly interested in how such people(s) articulate their archival knowledge, racial and class politics, the spatiality of those processes, and how they are manifest in the landscape via visual, audiovisual, oral, and textual narratives. 

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, is a doctor (PhD) in Visual Studies, Contemporary Art, and Cultural Theory; with a M.A in Modern and Contemporary Art (U. Pittsburgh) and MFA on Visual Arts (U. de los Andes, 1995). His bachelor's degree is in visual arts with sub-major in History and Philosophy.
Miguel was the Colombian Ministry of Culture first Visual Arts Director (1997-2001), where he worked building participatory cultural policy. Miguel has worked independently as film maker, curator, author, and critic ever since. 

His areas of interest are: environmental visual humanities, health humanities, intercultural visualities, contemporary art and subaltern studies, the global south and decolonial aesthetics. 
Currently works and teaches at the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (is also affiliated with the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with UNC Chapel Hill). Miguel was visiting faculty at Duke Kunshan University at the International Master in Environmental Policy (IMEP) and the undergraduate program. Miguel is a fellow Nicholas School of the Environment fellow.  

Miguel is founder of Water Towns Environmental Film and Arts Festival . 环保电影艺术节(China), and director of  the NC Latin American Film and New Media Festival (USA). At Duke-UNC consortium Miguel coordinates interdisciplinary working groups, directs the Hemispheric Indigeneity project, co-directs and co-leads the Working Group on Environmental Humanities: Narrating Nature at Duke University, also is affiliated to the Health Humanities Lab.
Miguel won the 2017-2018 National Prize in Art and Essay Criticism for his essay Soberanía Visual (Visual Sovereignty) awarded by the Colombian Ministry of Culture and Los Andes University. In 2017 also published his book IRRUPCIONES | COMPRESIONES | CONTRAVENCIONES about cultural policy in Colombia. In 2018 Miguel was co-president of EILA V (Continental Encounter of Indigenous Arts and Literatures), held in Bogota, Colombia (May 2018). In late 2018 Miguel published his latest book BE PATIENT | SE PACIENTE. Artistic and medical entanglements in the work of Libia Posada.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  2204 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  +1 919 681 3883
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:

Teaching (Fall 2021):

    Physics 205, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    (also cross-listed as CINE 315S.01, DOCST 315S.01, VMS 309S.01)
Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11am
133 John Hope Franklin Center.
2204 Erwin Road
Duke University


Art and natural history • Arts • Civic Engagement • Cultural policy • Culture • Documentary films • Documentary films--History and criticism • Environmental Humanities • Environmental policy--Case studies • Knowledge, Theory of • Latin America • Latin American literature--20th century--History and criticism • Migration • Motion picture film • Rural-urban migration • Service learning • Visual anthropology

Recent Publications

  1. Rojas-Sotelo, ML, Narcoaesthetics in Colombia, Mexico, and the United States, Latin American Perspectives, vol. 41 no. 2 (March, 2014), pp. 215-231, SAGE Publications, ISSN 0094-582X [repository], [doi]  [abs]
  2. Rojas Sotelo, M, Decolonial AestheSis at the 11th Havana Biennial, Social Text. Journal no. Special for the Periscope on Decolonial (November, 2013) [available here]
  3. Rojas-Sotelo,, The Other Network: The Havana Biennale and the Global South, The Global South, vol. 5 no. 1 (2011), pp. 153-153, Indiana University Press, ISSN 1932-8648 [repository], [doi]
  4. Rojas Sotelo, M, Arte y Decolonialidad. Postales de un territorio excéntrico, Calle 14. Revista De Investigacion En El Campo Del Arte, vol. Vol. 4, Núm. 5 (2010) (May, 2010), pp. 118-133 [1603]
  5. Herrera, L; Rojas-Sotelo, M, ¿Parcho, parchas, parchamos? Espacios de encuentro, resistencia y libertad: Una conversación con Víctor Gaviria y Felipe Aljure, Osamayor: Graduate Student Review, vol. 19 no. 19 (2008), pp. 109-118

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