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Colonial Intersections: Reconsidering the Historical, the Literacy, and the Visual Archives

Rolena Adorno
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 9:00 AM to Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 5:00 PM

"Colonial Intersections: Reconsidering the Historical, Literary, and Visual Archives" will bring together historians, literary critics and art historians specializing in colonial Latin America to present their ongoing projects and reflect on the extent to which colonial studies dealing with the larger Iberian-American world have been transformed in the last twenty years. The conference will also include a round table on teaching colonial studies and interdisciplinarity.

Keynote speakers: Solange Alberro (El Colegio de México), Rolena Adorno (Yale University), and Barbara E. Mundy (Fordham University)

Sponsored By: The University of Maryland, College Park: Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Department of History, Latin American Studies Center, Miller Center for Historical Studies, The Office of the Vice President for Research, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, The Center for Teaching Excellence, Honors Humanities Program, The College of Arts and Humanities,

Early Americas Workshop sponsored by the Kislak Foundation, Library of Congress, The Embassy of Mexico/Mexican Cultural Institute and The Embassy of Brazil.

The symposium is open to the public and will take place in College Park and in Washington, DC, at the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Library of Congress.

For more information, contact:
Alejandro Cañeque
History Department
+1 301 405 4265


Thursday, October 11.

Mexican Cultural Institute

2829 16th St. Washington D.C. 20009

 3:00 PM:  Welcome and Introductory Remarks

 3:30-5:30 PM: Panel I. Mesoamerica

  • Chair & Discussant: Joanne Rappaport (Anthropology  and Spanish, Georgetown University)
  • Mónica Domínguez Torres (Art History, University of Delaware)

“Images, Texts, and the Archives: Reevaluating the Documentary World of Indigenous Mexico”

  • Cynthia Stone (Spanish, College of the Holy Cross)

 In ixtli, in yóllotl: Educating the Whole Person through the Study of Mesoamerican Aesthetics Principles

  • Javier Villa-Flores (History, University of Illinois at Chicago)

                       Reframing A “Dark Passion”: Bourbon Moral Gambling, and the Royal Lottery in New Spain

 6:00-7:30 PM: Keynote Address

  • Solange Alberro (History, El Colegio de México)

                       Anacronismos y prejuicios historiográficos: el caso de la Nueva España.

 7:30-9:30 PM: Reception


Friday, October 12.

St Mary’s Hall - Multipurpose Room,

University of Maryland, College Park and

Library of Congress

 8:30-9:00 PM: Breakfast

 9:00-11:00 PM: Panel II. Brazil

  • Chair & Discussant: Beatriz H. Domingues (History, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil)
  •  Kirsten Schultz (History, Seton Hall University)

The History of the Present: Portuguese Print Culture and Empire, ca. 1700-1750

  • Lisa Voigt (Spanish and Portuguese, The Ohio State University)

Nos pretos como no prelo: Printing and Performing Blackness in Colonial Brazil

  • Rebecca Parker Brienen (Art History, University of Miami)

                     The Pictorial Legacy of 17th Century Dutch Brazil

 11:00-1:00 PM: Panel III. The Andean World

  • Chair & Discussant: Veronica Salles-Reese (Spanish, Georgetown University)
  •  John Charles (Spanish, Tulane University)

Andean Literacy in the Colonial Archive: The Case of the Indigenous Church Scribe

  • Michael Schreffler (Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Cuzco before the Earthquake of 1650

  • Karen B. Graubart (History, University of Notre Dame)

                     The Bonds of Inheritance: Afro-Peruvian Women’s Legacies in a Slave-holding World

 1:00-2:00 PM: Lunch

 2:00 PM: Departure for the Library of Congress

 3:00-4:15 PM: Tour of the Jay I. Kislak Collection,

                    Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

 4:30-6:00 PM: Keynote Address

                   Mumford Room, Madison Building,

                   Library of Congress

  • Rolena Adorno (Spanish, Yale University)

                     Aztecs and Allegory: the Baroque in Colonial Mexico

  6:00-7:00 PM: Vino de Honor


Saturday, October 13

St Mary’s Hall - Multipurpose Room

University of Maryland, College Park

 9:00-9:30 PM: Breakfast

 9:30-11:30 PM: Panel IV. The Atlantic World and the Edges of Empire

  • Chair & Discussant: Marcy Norton (History, George Washington University)
  •  Alejandra Osorio (History, Wellesley College)

Of Imperial Edges and Centers: Historicizing the Atlantic World

  • Cécile Fromont (Art History, University of Chicago)

Images and Objects: Kongo in the Early Modern Atlantic World

  • Ricardo Padrón (Spanish, University of Virginia)

Chinese Tyranny and Spanish Imperial Desire: The Location of China in the Early Iberian Modern                                 World

11:30-1:00 PM: Keynote Address

                       St Mary’s Hall - Multipurpose Room,

                       University of Maryland, College Park

  • Barbara E. Mundy (Art History, Fordham University)

                     Art History and the Problem of the Colonial New World

 1:00-2:30 PM: Lunch

 2:30-5:00 PM: Round Table: Teaching Colonial Intersections

  • Chair: Alejandro Cañeque (History, University of Maryland)
  • Rolena Adorno (Spanish, Yale University)

Bridging Past and Present: On Literary History

  • Regina Harrison (Spanish and Comparative Literature, University of Maryland)

Building a Bi/Tri-Cultural Bridge: Indigenous Texts

  •  Joanne Rappaport (Anthropology, Georgetown University)

The Anthropological Link

  •  Ralph Bauer (English, University of Maryland) and Holly Brewer (History, University of Maryland)

Bridging North and South: Early Modern Hemispheric Studies

  • Sara Castro-Klaren (Spanish and Latin American Studies, The Johns Hopkins University)

On Latin American Colonial Cultural Studies

  • David Sartorius (History, University of Maryland)

Continuity and the Caribbean Colonial

  • Eyda M. Merediz (Spanish, University of Maryland) 

Bridging the Written and the Visual: Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Mexico

  • Barbara E. Mundy (Art History, Fordham University)

Going Digital with Spanish American Visual Culture

 5:00 PM:  Concluding Remarks