Thursday, October 10, 5-7:30 pm; Friday, October 11, 9:30 am - 5 pm
This conference explores the development, use, and afterlife of religious libraries in the Americas. Through scholarly talks, roundtables, discussions, and a collection presentation, this conference examines two key aspects of religious book collections in North and South America: 1) the Indigenous experience and use of religious libraries from the colonial period onwards, and 2) the historical transition of these libraries from active seminary collections into “rare book collections” maintained at institutions like the Newberry Library. In this way, the conference will provide the opportunity to share stories of conversion, resistance, and syncretism that have shaped the experience of Christianity in the Americas from the fifteenth century to the present day.
Co-sponsored and co-organized by the The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies and the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen.
Thursday, October 10
5 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
5:15 pm Keynote Address
The Journeys of Native American Books: Archives, Readers, and Relations
Kelly Wisecup, Northwestern University
6:30 pm Opening Reception
Friday, October 11
9:30 am Conversation 1: Indigenous Readers, Collectors, and Bookmakers
10:30 am Coffee Break
11 am Collection Presentation
Organized by Will Hansen and Analú Lopez, Newberry Library
12 pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 pm Conversation 2: Becoming Rare Books
2:30 pm Break
3 pm Conversation 3: Seminary Collections at the Newberry Library
4 pm Final Conversation
Michael Brown, University of Aberdeen
Rose Miron, Newberry Library
Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library
This event is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required. To register, please complete this online registration form.