9 am to 3 pm
This symposium aims to explore the complexities of Latin America during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, grappling with the multiple perspectives of the many Indigenous and European cultures involved in this time of contact and conflict.
This is a hybrid program, with two scholarly sessions in the morning and a public keynote lecture in the afternoon. Papers for the morning sessions will be precirculated to those who register to attend, and the authors will not read the papers. They will talk briefly about their research projects, followed by prepared commentary, with the bulk of the time given to discussion among the panelists and with the audience.
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8:30. Coffee and continental breakfast
Scholarly sessions (discussion of precirculated papers)
9 – 10:30. Session 1: New Actors and Mediators in Colonial Peru and New Spain
Who Speaks for the Indians? Native Colonial Officials and the “Indian Nation” in Early Colonial Peru
Jose Carlos de la Puente Luna, History, Texas State University
History, Rhetoric and Strategy in the Early Colonial Andean Litigation, 1552-1574
Renzo Honores, History, High Point University
Between Nahuas and Spaniards: The Shifting Role of Indigenous Nobles in Colonial Tlaxcala
Kelly McDonough, Spanish, University of Texas at Austin
The Fabric of Urban Slavery: Textiles, Conviviality and Abuse in Colonial Puebla
Pablo Sierra, History, University of Rochester
Comment: Sherwin K. Bryant,African American Studies and History, Northwestern University
10:30 – 11. Coffee break
11 – 12:30. Session 2: Religion and Conversion in New Spain
The Writing of Memory in Sixteenth Century Peru
Catalina Andrango-Walker, Spanish, Virginia Tech
Visualizing Corporate Piety: The Art of Religious Brotherhoods in New Spain
Cristina Cruz Gonzalez, Art History, Oklahoma State University
Bad Bishops and Demonic Dominicans: Franciscan Visual Violence in the Colonial Andes
Jaime Lara, Art History, Arizona State University
The Trans-Oceanic Flight of the Soul: The Translation of Mystic Language in Mexico
Dale Shuger, Spanish, Tulane University
Comment: Lisa Voigt, Spanish, Ohio State University
12:30 – 2. Lunch break
2 – 3. Keynote address
A Tale of Two Bigamists: Atlantic and Other Worlds in Early Colonial Latin America
Laura E. Matthew, History, Marquette University
At the turn of the seventeenth century, two men living in southern Mesoamerica were accused of bigamy. Dionisio de Vargas, a native of Sevilla, Spain, married his first wife in the Philippines and then moved to Oaxaca. Gaspar Pérez, a native of Huamelula, Oaxaca, left his first wife in their hometown while he worked and lived in Guatemala. The overlapping trajectories of Dionisio’s and Gaspar’s lives speak to their embeddedness in a world we might (loosely, in this case) term “Atlantic.” But the differences between their cases are stark, and suggest that the capacious, fluid terms of the Atlantic World can sometimes obscure other ways of thinking about space that may better explain people’s lives in early colonial Latin America.
This symposium is sponsored by the Center for Renaissance Studies, with the cosponsorship of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture, and the Newberry Department of Continuing Education.
Art Institute of Chicago Exhibition
The Art Institute’s exhibition A Voyage to South America: Andean Art in the Spanish Empire, opens November 11, 2014, and will continue past the date of the symposium. Featuring works from a Chicago-based private collection, as well as loans from the Newberry Library and Denver Art Museum, the installation is accompanied by a bilingual brochure, bilingual Acoustiguide stops, and an interactive digital application.
Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required. Papers for the morning sessions will be precirculated electronically to registrants.
Register online here. Registrations will be processed through 10 am Friday, April 10.