Background and activities

I teach courses in Spanish language and Spanish/Latin American cultural studies at the Department of Language and Literature. I have a Ph.D. in Latin American Cultural Studies from the University of Bergen.

My dissertation analyzes how young independent musicians in Lima, Peru negotiate their belonging as limeños with roots in the Andes, create a new definition of mestizo, and call for a more inclusive society through fusion music, musical hybrids that are a mix of autochthonous and “global” musics. I also research Latin Americans and Latin American culture in Norway.

Competence and academic interests:

  • Fusion music in Lima, Peru
  • Latin American popular music
  • Music and identity / Music and belonging
  • Youth culture in Latin America
  • Latin Americans / Latin American culture in Norway


  • Latin American and Spanish cultural studies/history
  • Spanish language

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Vik, Alissa. (2019) "Somos de acá, pero siempre hemos querido ser de allá, también”: Fusion aesthetics and negotiation of belonging in an independent music scene in Lima, Peru. Universitetet i Bergen. 2019. ISBN 9788230848449.
  • Vik, Alissa. (2011) Tengo el orgullo de ser peruano y soy feliz": Estudio lingüístico-cultural de la representación del dialecto peruano en la música y la identidad nacional . 2011.


  • Vik, Alissa. (2019) “La música no tiene fronteras”: Latin American music and Pan-Latino belonging in Bergen, Norway. SEM Annual Meeting . Society for Ethnomusicology; Bloomington, Indiana. 2019-11-07 - 2019-11-10.
  • Vik, Alissa. (2019) ¿Todos somos mestizos?: The discourse of mestizaje among independent fusion musicians in Lima, Peru. LASA2019 / Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion ; Boston. 2019-05-24 - 2019-05-27.
  • Vik, Alissa. (2018) Intermediality in contemporary popular music research: The performance of indigeneity in Ravelers’ video ‘Selva’. “Undisciplining Music” workshop . Musicology Without Borders project; Bergen. 2018-04-26 - 2018-04-28.
  • Vik, Alissa. (2018) ‘No destruyan nuestra selva’: Indie musicians and indigenous solidarity in Lima. Latin American Studies Association conference . LASA; Barcelona, Spania. 2018-05-23 - 2018-05-26.
  • Vik, Alissa. (2017) Apagando el Sistema: Músicos de fusión, redes sociales y protesta en Lima central. Latin American Studies Association conference . LASA; Lima, Peru. 2017-04-29 - 2017-05-01.
  • Vik, Alissa. (2017) La música de protesta en Lima: Del Pueblo Del Barrio a sus 35 años y su legado. XX Nordic Romanist conference . University of Bergen; Bergen. 2017-08-15 - 2017-08-18.
  • Vik, Alissa Jane. (2016) Cosmopolitanizing tradition: Fusion music and Arguedian ideals in Central Lima. NorLARNet Conference . NorLARNet; Bergen. 2016-09-01 - 2016-09-02.
  • Vik, Alissa Jane. (2016) Música mestiza: New identities and Arguedian ideals in Lima’s independent music scene. Latin American Studies Association conference . LASA (Latin American Studies Association); New York, NY. 2016-05-27 - 2016-05-30.
  • Vik, Alissa Jane. (2015) En el mundo de los pobres: La pobreza y la música chicha de Los Shapis y Chacalón. Su relevancia en Lima hoy en día. Polame-Seminar . Polame-prosjektet. Institutt for fremmedspråk; Universitetet i Bergen. 2015-09-17.