Colonia/Colônia 4:2 - University of North Florida



Colonia/Colônia 4:2 - University of North Florida
Issue 4:2, May 2016
Note from the Outgoing Chair ........................................................................................................ 2
Note from the Editor ....................................................................................................................... 3
Honors, Awards, and Promotions ................................................................................................... 3
Member Publications ...................................................................................................................... 4
Graduate Student News................................................................................................................... 6
Other News ..................................................................................................................................... 6
The Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion at Yale University
(MAVCOR) launches redesigned website .............................................................................. 6
The Digital Humanities Initiative at University of North Florida launches coloniaLab ............ 7
The Impact of Guaman Poma de Ayala on the Social Sciences and the Humanities................. 8
Raquel Chang-Rodríguez y David T. Gies ganan el premio nacional “Enrique Anderson
Imbert” 2016 otorgado por la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española ................. 9
Colonial Sessions at LASA 2016 .................................................................................................. 11
Resources ...................................................................................................................................... 28
About the Colonial Section of LASA and Colonia/Colônia ......................................................... 29
Note from the Outgoing Chair
Once more I am delighted to share with members of LASA Colonial our May 2016 newsletter.
I also, would like to recognize Pablo García Loaeza’s excellent job as the current newsletter
editor, as well as Claudia Berríos, Chloe Ireton, Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, and Mariana Velázquez
for all their generous assistance in making this newsletter a success. In addition, I thank Nathan
James Gordon and Caroline Egan, who manage our social media and our email communications
respectively, for the excellent job they do to disseminate our message.
I am honored to have served as chair of the Colonial Section for the 2015-2016 term, and am
grateful to all those who have lent their support and encouragement during this time. Finally, I
would like to thank Clayton McCarl for his extraordinary work as former editor of our newsletter
and current communications director for the section. Clayton helped me in many ways during
this year. Before stepping down, I would like to offer the following review of our
accomplishments this past year.
Since its formal inauguration at LASA 2013, the Section has continued to grow as a dynamic
interdisciplinary forum for scholars of the Latin American colonial world. Currently we have 121
members (member list).
Our growing numbers allow us to sponsor a total of three panels at LASA 2016. Ann De León
organized “The Re-articulation of the Colonial Past in the 18th and 19th Century and Its
Contemporary Legacy,” Kelly McDonough organized “Space, Place, and Mapping in Colonial
Contexts,” and Pablo García Loaeza organized “The Colonial Connection: Colonial Practices
and Contemporary Cultural Products.” Many of our section members will also be presenting a
variety of exciting papers or workshops at the conference, and so I encourage you to visit the
convention website/see listing below.
This year saw the creation of the prize for Best Book in Colonial Latin American Studies by a
Junior Scholar. Mónica Díaz, section vice-chair and chair of the awards committee, skillfully
managed this process. The winner(s) will be officially recognized at our business meeting
(Sunday, May 29, 7:45-8:45pm).
I would also like to invite section members to participate in the inaugural congress for the
Sociedad Iberoamericana Siglo de Oro (SIBSO), which will take place August 11-13, 2016 in
Arequipa, Peru. The SIBSO congress will be an opportunity to showcase our research projects
and get to know other colleagues from Latin America and Spain.
I thank you for your financial support to our section. Your contributions are vital to the graduate
students and junior colleagues in the early stages of the profession. I would like to ask all
members to continue your generous support. To do so, you may send a check in any amount to
LASA, 416 Bellefield Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, with “Colonial
Section’s Awards Fund” on the memo line.
The officers for 2016-2017 are as follows: Mónica Díaz, chair; Pablo García Loaeza, vice-chair
and chair of awards committee; Kelly McDonough, council member and secretary-treasurer; and
Nathan Gordon, council member. I will continue for one more year as council member to
provide support and advice. Clayton McCarl, will continue as the Section’s communications
manager, and Pablo García Loaeza will continue as newsletter editor.
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With great pleasure, I hand over the leadership of the Section to Mónica Díaz, who will continue
to skillfully guide us forward. Please join me in wishing Mónica the greatest of success, and in
thanking Executive Council members Pablo, Mónica and Kelly for their long-term commitment
to the Section’s future.
Raúl Marrero-Fente
Note from the Editor
Besides our regular sections, this issue of Colonia/Colônia includes news about two very
exciting digital projects, a seminar on Guaman Poma de Ayala recently held at John Hopkins
University, and a prestigious award received by colonial-section member Raquel ChangRodríguez. ¡Enhorabuena Raquel!
Chloe Ireton deserves all the credit, as well as our thanks, for compiling a list of the sessions
relevant to colonial studies scheduled for the upcoming LASA Congress in New York.
I encourage colonial section members to keep submitting announcements about their honors,
awards, and publications. I also invite our readers in general to share news, events, or
opportunities that may be relevant to the colonial scholarly community. The guidelines and
contact for the different sections appear at the end of each issue.
Comments and suggestions are always welcome. You may send them to me at
Pablo García Loaeza
Honors, Awards, and Promotions
Rocío Quispe-Agnoli (Romance and Classical Studies, MSU) won
the 2016 College of Arts & Letters Faculty Leadership Award, which
recognizes faculty members who go above and beyond the routine
tasks, are generous in sharing insights, and provide hard work and
mentorship to others that creates excellence and vision in programs
and departments.
Jimena Rodríguez (Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA) was selected to
participate in the NEH summer seminar, Mapping, Text, and Travel,
which will take place at the Herman Dunlap Smith Center for the
History of Cartography, Newberry Library in Chicago.
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Member Publications
This feature showcases the work of section members and serves to keep the community abreast of the latest
published research on field-related topics. For guidelines, see the final section of this newsletter.
Allen, Heather. 2016. “‘Llorar amargamente:’ Economies of Weeping in the Spanish
Empire.” Colonial Latin American Review 24 (4): 1-26.
______. 2016. “Constructed Discourse in Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Chronicles.”
In Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl and His Legacy, edited by Galen Brokaw and Jongsoo
Lee, 153-78. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
______. 2015. “‘Me cago en Colón’: Criticizing Global Projects in 19th-Century Santo
Domingo.” Laberinto 8: 64-87.
García Loaeza, Pablo. 2016. “Credible, Accurate, and Approved: Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl
and Mexico’s Patriotic Historiography.” In Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl and His
Legacy, edited by Jongsoo Lee and Galen Brokaw, 257-282. Tucson: University of
Arizona Press.
Jáuregui, Carlos A. 2015. “Oswaldo Costa, Antropofagia, and the Cannibal Critique of Colonial
Modernity.” Culture & History Digital Journal 4 (2). doi:
McCarl, Clayton. 2015. “Carlos Enriques Clerque as Crypto-Jewish Confidence Man in
Francisco de Seyxas Lovera’s Piratas y contrabandistas (1693).” Colonial Latin
American Review 24.3: 406-420.
McKnight, Kathryn Joy, and Leo J. Garofalo, eds. 2015. Afro-Latino Voices, Shorter Edition:
Translations of Early Modern Ibero-Atlantic Narratives. Cambridge: Hackett.
An anthology of the early modern voices of the African diaspora
evident in wills, petitions, judicial cases, letters, and other
primary sources provided in English with historical, cultural, social,
and political contextualization by the twenty contributing scholars
covering the black Atlantic world of Spain, Portugal, West Africa,
Mexico, Spanish South America, Brazil, and various Caribbean
regions. The book covers politics and war, families and communities,
religious beliefs and practices, and claiming and defending rights in
courts. Readers are invited to examine the diaspora in a comparative
fashion and how people engaged Iberian and colonial power
individually and collectively. More information.
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Peña Núñez, Beatriz Carolina. 2016. Fray Diego de Ocaña: olvido, mentira y memoria. Alicante:
Universidad de Alicante.
Ocaña designa las Indias como tierra de olvido. Así, al objetivo de su
viaje desde Extremadura – recoger limosnas para su monasterio−,
añade otro esencial: luchar contra esa desmemoria. Partiendo del
antiguo arte de la memoria, este libro estudia las estrategias
mnemotécnicas que Ocaña produce para enfrentar la amnesia índica
en favor de su misión. También desmonta las mitificaciones del
itinerario y, en los pasajes históricos de la Relación, expone pruebas
de la desmemoria colectiva sobre la invasión del Tawantinsuyu. Se
descubre parte del sustrato productor de discursos que niegan el
derecho indígena a sus territorios mientras legitiman el dominio
castellano. More information.
______. 2014. Fonolitos. Las piedras campanas de Eten: rituales, milagros y codicia.
Valladolid: Glyphos Publicaciones.
Con base histórica, literaria, arqueológica y religiosa, este libro
estudia las piedras campanas de Eten, del norte de Perú, para
dilucidar su significado indígena. Asimismo se exponen las notas
de viajeros que pasaron por Eten y observaron estos fonolitos.
Además de explicar su petrología, se aclara por qué amenazaron
la implantación del catolicismo durante la época colonial y qué
hicieron los franciscanos del área para resignificarlos y lograr el
olvido de las tradiciones nativas vinculadas a ellos. También, se
trata sobre la destrucción de las rocas y qué le pasó a la persona
que, al parecer, la llevó a cabo. More information.
______. 2015. “Mystic Ringing of Stone Bells: A Case of Annihilation of Cultural Memory in
Peru”. In Sites of Memory in Spain and Latin America: Trauma, Politics, and Resistance,
edited by Aída Díaz de León, Marina Llorente, and Marcella Salvi, 127-38. Maryland:
Lexington Books.
______. 2015. “Titu Cusi Yupanqui: el clamor de Manco Inca y el trauma cultural
andino.” Ixquic: Revista hispánica internacional de análisis literario y cultural 11:79100.
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Graduate Student News
This feature highlights the work of the newest members of our field. For guidelines, see the final section of this
Grants and Fellowships Awarded
Savannah Esquivel (Art History, University of Chicago), Edilia and François-Auguste Montêqui
Junior Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians.
John Carter Brown Library José Amor Vasquez Fellowship to support research on the
dissertation entitled: “Ornament and Antiquity in the Murals of Sixteenth Century Mexico.”
Kevin Sedeño-Guillén (Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky), María Salgado Student
Travel Grant, granted by The Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
(IASECS) to participate in the 47th American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
(ASECS) Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh with the presentation “No Obligation to Observe:
Barbarians and Infidels in the Legal Geography of European Modernity”.
Pilar Sáenz Annual Student Essay Prize, granted by IASECS for the essay “Del tiempo al
espacio de la modernidad: Lugares coloniales del conocimiento en las Américas del siglo
Claudia Berríos-Campos (Romance and Classical Studies, Michigan State University), VargSullivan Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Letters, granted by the College of Arts
and Letters, Michigan State University in recognition of “La tentación de la legitimidad en el
Manuscrito de Huarochirí,” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 80.2 (2014): 139149.
Dr. Johannes Sasche Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Spanish, granted
by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, Michigan State University.
Chloe Ireton (University of Texas at Austin), University Graduate Continuing Fellowship,
granted by the University of Texas at Austin.
Helen Watson Bucker Memorial Fellowship, granted by the John Carter Brown Library.
Other News
The Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion at Yale
University (MAVCOR) launches redesigned website
The Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion at Yale University
(MAVCOR) is delighted to announce the public launch of our redesigned website. MAVCOR is
characterized by its subjects of inquiry and by the forms of scholarly, interdisciplinary activity it
promotes. The Center is equally about the study of the material, visual, sensory, and spatial
“stuff” of religious practice and about multiplying ways of being in conversation, of sharing
information and producing knowledge, about this set of subjects.
This collaboration shapes a multidisciplinary scholarly Center for religion and visual/material
culture studies at Yale University. From this local base, the Center aims to facilitate a network of
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institutional and individual partners in varied settings, including higher education, religious
communities, arts and architectural professions, museums, and civic life.
As part of the Center's promotion of conversation around its subjects of inquiry, the Center
publishes the Material Objects Archive, a growing database of material and visual objects
activated in religious practices broadly conceived, and Conversations, a born-digital, peerreviewed journal. Conversations includes a variety of contribution types, including Object
Narratives, Essays, Material Mediations, Constellations, Interviews, and Medium Studies.
Scholars at all ranks of training and profession in related fields are encouraged to contribute to
Conversations and the Material Objects Archive. Both text and image contributions may be
submitted to the Center's peer review process by emailing [email protected]
Over the past year, a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, along with additional
support from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, has allowed MAVCOR to complete this work
of revision and enhanced functionality. In addition to a more attractive and streamlined interface,
the redesign incorporates a number of changes to expand visitor experience of the site. These
include a sophisticated search engine specific to MAVCOR’s Material Objects Archive and a
global site search engine that allows visitors to search all site content, or to limit searches to our
blind-peer-reviewed born-digital journal Conversations. A new Fellows Portal supports
MAVCOR’s multi-year project cycles; these center around a specific theme related to
MAVCOR’s interests and bring together groups of interdisciplinary scholar/fellows from a range
of institutions, national and international.
Two new content types contribute to MAVCOR’s investment in innovative ways of engaging its
publics and doing digital scholarship. One of these, Mediations, which is offered within
Conversations, provides space for theoretical and experimental reflection within the journal.
The second new category, Collections, expands the possibilities of MAVCOR’s Material Objects
Archive, allowing individual scholars to curate large, multi-object contributions to the archive.
Collections exist both within the Archive and as separate entities, associated with the name of
their contributor/author, and accompanied by optional discursive text. Contributors may also
divide each Collection into subfields accompanied by further written introductory content. One
anticipated use of Collections is to display color images related to print publications, and to do so
in numbers that exceed the possibilities of the print format. Such Collections would complement
the print publication and include links to the publisher’s page for the volume in question.
MAVCOR welcomes contributions that combine substantial and original scholarship with
accessibility to a generally educated public. We look forward to future collaborations and invite
you to explore the new site. More information.
The Digital Humanities Initiative at University of North Florida launches
Clayton McCarl is pleased to announce the establishment of coloniaLab, an interactive workshop
for collaborative electronic edition of colonial-era texts based at the University of North Florida
(UNF). McCarl is the founding director and general editor of coloniaLab, an affiliate project of
the UNF Digital Humanities Initiative, of which McCarl is also founder and interim chair. More
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The Impact of Guaman Poma de Ayala on the Social Sciences and the Humanities
On April 8-9, 2016, The John Hopkins University and the Embassy of Peru in the United States
sponsored the symposium The Impact of Guaman Poma de Ayala on the Social Sciences and the
Humanities, which was organized by Professor Sara Castro-Klaren. Gary Urton (Harvard
University) delivered the keynote speech (“From Guaman Poma de Ayala to R. Tom Zuidema:
Two Unique Views on the Andean World”) and invited speakers presented their latest works and
findings on the Peruvian Indian chronicler and his context. Some of Guaman Poma’s drawings
and books from the university’s Special Collections were put on display and discussed during the
symposium. The event also honored the life and works of R. Tom Zuidema, Emeritus Professor
at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
(From left to right) Christian Fernández, Flavia Azeredo-Cerqueira, Sharona Frederick, Lauren Judy,
Julio Ortega, Sara Castro-Klarén, Catherine Allen, Ian Rogers, Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Verónica
Salles-Reese, Eyda Merediz, Regina Harrison, Tom Ward, Francesca Montellanos, Paul Espinosa.
Presentations included (in alphabetical order):
Catherine Allen, “Zuidema, Calendars, and the Suppression of Time.”
Martin Carrión, “Guaman Poma and the ‘Catechetic Liturgy’: Mayordomos, Sacristans,
and Painters.”
Lisa De Leonardis, “Awash in Line and Color: Picturing Guaman Poma’s Andean
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Christian Fernández, “Nueva corónica y buen gobierno’s Impact on Andean Historical
and Ethnographical Epistemologies.”
Sharonah Fredrick, “Understanding the Multivalent Beliefs in Guaman Poma:
Understanding Non-Incan Cosmologies in the Corónica.”
Regina Harrison, “Guaman Poma Puts Pen to Paper: Cultural Contexts.”
James Maffie, “Beyond the Written Text: Reflections on the Metaphysics of Felipe
Guaman Poma de Ayala’s Nueva corónica y buen gobierno.”
Julio Ortega, “Formato y mensaje en la Corónica de Guaman Poma. En torno al modo de
significación andina.”
Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, “Minding the Gap: Guamán Poma’s Silent Ship of Fools.”
Raquel Chang-Rodríguez y David T. Gies ganan el premio nacional “Enrique
Anderson Imbert” 2016 otorgado por la Academia Norteamericana de la
Lengua Española
Dos destacados catedráticos e investigadores universitarios han sido los ganadores de la edición
2016 del Premio Nacional “Enrique Anderson Imbert” de la Academia Norteamericana de la
Lengua Española (ANLE). Ellos son Raquel Chang-Rodríguez de la Universidad de la Ciudad de
Nueva York (CUNY) y David T. Gies de la Universidad de Virginia (UVA).
Este galardón –el más prestigioso que concede anualmente la ANLE desde el 2012– tiene por
finalidad reconocer la trayectoria de vida profesional de quienes han contribuido con sus
estudios, trabajos y obras al conocimiento y difusión de la lengua, las letras y las culturas
hispánicas en los Estados Unidos. El premio, de naturaleza no venal, se concede anualmente a
personas naturales o jurídicas residentes de los Estados Unidos y consta de un diploma, una placa
artística y una medalla conmemorativa.
En una decisión sin precedentes, el Jurado se inclinó por compartir el galardón entre dos grandes
académicos, haciendo un patente homenaje a sus trayectorias profesionales y sus obras en sus
distintas especialidades, pero en ambos casos profundamente comprometidas con la
trascendencia de la lengua y las letras hispánicas en los Estados Unidos, cuyos resultados han ido
más allá del ámbito nacional para diseminarse en el ámbito internacional.
En el caso de Raquel Chang Rodríguez, el jurado fundamentó su
decisión “por una relevante labor de sostenido magisterio e
investigación orientada al rescate, fijación, difusión y estudio de textos
fundacionales de la cultura hispánica en América, concretada en una
nutrida producción y promoción académica de reconocida excelencia
que amalgama la solvencia teórica, el rigor metodológico y la lucidez
interpretativa; y por la trascendencia de sus contribuciones al
conocimiento y valoración de los documentos que testimonian la
temprana emergencia de una literatura en lengua española en el
territorio que hoy forma parte de los Estados Unidos”.
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Con referencia a David T. Gies el Jurado reconoció “la riqueza de
un perfil profesional que exhibe una dinámica articulación entre el
magisterio y la investigación que se proyecta hacia otras
instituciones académicas del vasto mundo hispanohablante,
promoviendo la colaboración, el intercambio y la realización de
proyectos comunes; y por la generosidad y el celo con que se ha
prodigado en la dirección de programas y cátedras universitarias,
para la formación de nuevos profesionales capaces de impulsar
hacia el futuro la promoción y difusión de los estudios hispánicos
en los Estados Unidos”.
El Jurado estuvo conformado por nueve miembros provenientes de la ANLE, de la ASALE
(Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española) y de instituciones socioeducativas y
culturales panhispánicas tanto de los Estados Unidos como del ámbito internacional.
El Director de la ANLE, Gerardo Piña-Rosales, declaró: “El Jurado desarrolló una labor digna de
encomio por la ecuanimidad de juicio entre dos candidatos cuyas similares trayectorias en
publicaciones, méritos, aportes y contribuciones en el quehacer académico han sido puentes entre
distintas generaciones con una vasta repercusión dentro y fuera de los Estados Unidos”.
A su vez Carlos E. Paldao, Secretario del certamen, comentó: “Sin duda alguna los dos
galardonados honran nuestra Academia por ser académicos de un reconocido prestigio nacional e
internacional y con trayectorias similares muy difíciles de zanjar por la elevada calidad de sus
abundantes y universalmente conocidas obras y magisterio que les otorga una significación
singular en las letras hispanas de este siglo”.
Por su parte Raquel Chang-Rodríguez expresó: “Un gran orgullo recibir el Premio Nacional
otorgado por la ANLE. Me formé en el subgrado con la antología de literatura hispanoamericana
a cargo de don Enrique Anderson Imbert. Lo conocí en un congreso internacional en la década
de los setenta. Allí el profesor aclamado escuchó pacientemente a la crítica novata. Mi gratitud al
jurado por esta distinción que renueva mi vínculo con don Enrique, maestro generoso y admirado
crítico. Feliz de compartir el galardón con David. T. Gies cuya labor e investigaciones en el
campo del hispanismo he seguido y apreciado”.
Del mismo modo David T. Gies manifestó: “Recibir la noticia de este inmerecido
reconocimiento de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española me deja (casi) sin
palabras. La Academia ha llevado a cabo una labor importantísima a lo largo de su existencia en
defensa de la lengua española y a favor del enriquecimiento de ella en nuestro país (donde, hay
que notarlo, hay más hispanohablantes que en la misma España). Como actual Presidente de la
Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, este momento nos da más oportunidades para colaborar
en proyectos comunes. El encontrarme ahora galardonado por los Académicos de esta gran
institución me honra doblemente: una vez por el premio y otra por poder compartirlo con la gran
hispanista Raquel Chang-Rodríguez”.
Los ganadores de las ediciones anteriores fueron Elias Rivers, catedrático emérito de la
Universidad del Estado de Nueva York (2012), Saúl Sosnowski, de la Universidad de Maryland
(2013), Nicolás Kanellos de la Universidad de Houston (2014) y Manuel Durán Gili, catedrático
emérito de la Universidad de Yale (2015).
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Colonial Sessions at LASA 2016
The following listing is an attempt to enumerate sessions and events of interest to scholars of the
colonial period to be held at the 34th International Congress of the Latin American Studies
Association: LASA at 50, New York, New York May 27 - 30, 2016. We apologize in advance for
any omissions or inaccuracies, and encourage you to refer to the official conference program in
case of any doubt.
N.B.: No locations listed on the preliminary program, please check official program for the
location of each session.
Thursday, May 26, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Pre-Conference: Meeting of PolSoc: Red Latinoamericana de Análisis de la Política Social
PolSoc: Red Latinoamericana de Análisis de la Política Social es una red de colaboración
multidisciplinaria de académicos/as provenientes de diferentes instituciones dedicados/as a la
investigación de los procesos sociopolíticos involucrados en la formación de las políticas
sociales de América Latina con una perspectiva comparada de países, sectores y períodos
históricos. A partir de esta “Pre-conference Meeting” buscamos informar el estado de avance de
la red e intercambiar ideas sobre su proyección, actividades y productos.
1. Rossana Castiglioni, Universidad Diego Portales
2. Juliana Martínez Franzoni, Universidad de Costa Rica
3. Diego Sánchez-Ancochea, University of Oxford
Friday, May 27, 8:00 to 9:30am
Religión y religiosidades en la época colonial
Chair: Pedro Miranda Ojeda
Discussant: Sussette Martínez
1. Desnaturalización Mapuche e Hibridación Religiosa: el caso de un indio hechicero
(Santiago de Chile, 1739), Jaime Valenzuela Márquez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de
2. Geography and Inca Religion in Bernabé Cobo’s Historia del Nuevo Mundo: A
Historiographical Critique, David H. Jung
3. Imágenes de la idolatría en el siglo XVI: violencia religiosa en México, Perú y Colombia,
Carlos José Suárez García, Universidad de Guadalajara
4. La geodemografía inquisitorial. Las ciudades como centros de control de las comisarías
del Santo Oficio en la Nueva España, siglos XVI-XVIII, Pedro Miranda Ojeda
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Friday, May 27, 9:45 to 11:15am
Colonial Imaginaries in the Andes
Organizer: Ananda I. Cohen Suárez, Cornell University
Discussant: Kenneth R. Mills, University of Michigan
This panel explores different methodological approaches to the phenomena of visionary
experience and imagination in colonial Latin America. How can we uncover the interior worlds
of Latin America’s colonial subjects as a means to better understand the frames through which
alternate realms and futures were envisioned? How might an interdisciplinary analysis of notarial
records and judicial cases in conjunction with art, architecture, and literature facilitate nuanced
perspectives on the subjective worlds that colonized individuals inhabited? The participants
consider how colonial ideologies imposed from above filtered into the hearts and minds of
individuals and communities and contributed to the subaltern shaping of colonial institutions.
These papers address the construction of spiritual, political, sexual, racial, and cultural
imaginaries both during the colonial era and beyond. Bringing together scholars of art history,
literary studies, and history, this panel encourages cross-disciplinary dialogue on the forging of
identities and collectivities among colonized peoples and their descendants.
1. Imagining Insurgency in Late Colonial Peru, Ananda I. Cohen Suárez, Cornell
2. W. E. B. Du Bois, Colonialism as a Visual Regime, and the Dung-Pushing Beetle,
Gonzalo Lamana, University of Pittsburgh
3. Realizing Freedom in Mid-Colonial Peru, Rachel S. O’Toole, University of
California/ Irvine,
4. Arising from Ashes: Re-Imagining the Royal Inca Pampa in 1550 A.D., Stella E.
Nair, University of California/ Los Angeles
Historias intelectuales latinoamericanas de los siglos XVI-XVIII
Chair: Jorge Téllez, University of Pennsylvania
Discussant: Kelly Linares Terry, El Instituto de Literatura y Lingüística “José Antonio Portuondo
1. Aristotle’s Influence in the New Spain. A dissertation on the sixteenth century
Mexican philosophy, Virginia Aspe Armelia, Universidad Panamericana,
2. Colonial Elective Affinities, Silva Alvarenda and Luiz de Vasconcelos, Fernando
3. Hacia una teoria de la lectura de la época colonial, Jorge Téllez, University of
4. Conciencia histórica en el barroco fronterizo del reino de chile, siglos XVI y XVII,
Luz A. Martínez, Universidad de Chile
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Friday, May 27, 2:30 to 4:00pm
Featured Session - Exploring the Ins and Outs of Academic Publishing: An Insider's View
Organizer: Philip D. Oxhorn, McGill University
Trayectorias de africanos y afrodescendientes en Hispanoamérica colonial y republicana
Organizers: Magdalena del Corazon Candioti, CONICET/Instituto Ravignani UBA/UNL;
Carolina González Unurraaga, Universidad de Chile
Este panel tiene como objetivo reflexionar sobre las diversas formas en que africanos y sus
descendientes fueron esclavizados y sobre las diversas formas en las que buscaron revertir esa
condición. Se recorrerá desde el proceso de esclavización a partir del tráfico transatlántico hasta
el uso de instituciones oficiales por parte de esos esclavizados para revertir el proceso. Ante los
foros de justicia, por ejemplo, algunos reclamaron ser libres de nacimiento por ser indios por vía
materna, otros sostuvieron merecer la libertad por vivir bajo una injusta esclavitud; durante el
proceso de abolición otros lucharon por el correcto cumplimiento de la ley de libertad de
vientres. Socialmente, en tanto, lograron formar parte de redes que permitieron alcanzar cierta
movilidad social; participar en instituciones religiosas y seculares (como las cofradías y las
milicias, en el caso de libertos o libres) e incluso, hubo quienes vivieron “como” libres, a pesar
de que su condición jurídica era esclavo/a. Por el contrario, también hubo libres que, bajo
complejas circunstancias, creían ser esclavos. Por todo esto, es posible percibir que la noción
misma de esclavo era móvil y que un mismo sujeto podía entrar y salir de la esclavitud, incluso
varias veces durante su vida, como bien han demostrado diversas investigaciones en la última
década (i. e. R. Scott, K. Grimberg).
Este panel considera importante seguir reflexionando sobre estos procesos para el caso
Hispanoamericano colonial y de inicios de la república (primera mitad del s. XIX) y se propone
articular casos locales, donde la producción documental y el contexto institucional, íntimamente
relacionados, permiten conocer las prácticas (sociales, políticas y culturales) de aquellas
personas que transitaron voluntariamente y no, entre la libertad y la esclavitud y viceversa.
1. Apuntes sobre el tráfico de esclavos en el Rio de la Plata en el siglo XVIII, Alex
Borucki, University of California/Irvine
2. De libres a libertos y viceversa. La libertad de los afroargentinos en disputa entre
1810 y 1860, Magdalena del Corazón Candioti CONICET/Instituto Ravignani
3. ¿Una esclavitud transitoria? Disputas judiciales sobre la condición del esclavo y libre
en Ciudad de México (siglo XVIII), Carolina González Unurraaga, Universidad de
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Friday, May 27, 4:15 to 5:45pm
Periferias y zonas fronterizas en la Colonia: Procesos sociales
Chair: Leo J. Garofalo, Connecticut College
1. Actor, Traitor, Moor: Transoceanic cases of Negotiated Identity, Leo J. Garofalo,
Connecticut College
2. California Septentrional Dreaming: Spain’s textual Incursions into the Pacific
Northwest, Clayton L. McCarl, University of North Florida
Featured Session - Exploring the Ins and Outs of Academic Publishing: An Insider's View
Friday, May 27, 7:45 to 8:45pm
Welcome Ceremony
Welcome Ceremony for LASA2016! Open to all 2016 registered participants and attendees!
Friday, May 27, 9:00 to 10:30pm
Welcome Reception
Welcome reception for LASA2016 participants and attendees.
Saturday, May 28, 8:00 to 9:30am
The Electronic Edition of Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Latin America Texts: New
Tools, New Models for Collaboration
Organizer: Clayton L. McCarl, University of North Florida
Chair: Clayton L. McCarl, University of North Florida
This workshop brings together a diverse group of experts for a conversation designed to reveal
new possibilities for collaboration on Digital Humanities projects within the fields of colonial
and nineteenth-century Latin America. Hannah Alpert-Abrams of the University of Texas at
Austin will speak on Ocular, an optical character recognition (OCR) tool that can read
multilingual texts, including those involving indigenous languages. Nick Laiacona, founder of
Performant Software Solutions, will discuss Juxta, a TEI-XML-based editing tool that provides
an easy-to-use graphical interface and features for project management, including version
control. Liz Grumbach, Project Manager for the Advanced Research Consortium and
18thConnect, will share her experiences creating communities to support the peer-review of
electronic scholarship. Ralph Bauer of the University of Maryland will discuss the changes that
are taking place at the Early Americas Digital Archive. This discussion is designed as a starting
point for an ongoing conversation that could lead to new Digital Humanities initiatives involving
members of LASA.
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Hannah Alpert-Abrams, University of Texas at Austin
Nicholas Laiacona, Performant Software Solutions LLC
Elizabeth Grumbach, Texas A&M University
Ralph Bauer, University of Maryland
The Colonial Connection: Colonial Practices and Contemporary Cultural Products
Organizer: Pablo García Loaeza, West Virginia University
Chair: Raul Marrero-Fente, University of Minnesota
At LASA 2015, Aníbal Quijano insisted on the ongoing impact of coloniality in contemporary
Latin American reality. The papers on this interdisciplinary panel consider the direct and
perceptible influence of discrete colonial practices on contemporary cultural products, including
intangible products, such as rituals, attitudes, and other performances. In keeping with the 2016
congress theme, it aims to bridge the temporal gap between the past and the present to reflect on
the relevance of colonial studies for identifying, analyzing, and understanding current
phenomena in Latin America.
1. The ghosts of Conquest: Broken Families in Colonial and Contemporary Texts,
Matthew Goldmark, Bowdoin College
2. Materialidades fantasmas: Pervivencias de la colonialidad en los estudios coloniales
latinoamericanos, Raul Marrero-Fente, University of Minnesota
3. Conexiones coloniales y resemantización de palabras o conceptos clave de la cultura
guaraní en el Paraguay, siglos XVI a XXII, Guillaume Candela, Université SorbonneNouvelle Paris III
4. Diferencia sexual: el estado - de mal estar - latinoamerica, Francisca Antonina Garat
Pey, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH
5. Colonizing through the legal system: The use of courts, notaries, and informal
contracts in rebuilding Lima after the quake of 1687, Judith M. Mansilla, Florida
International University
Paradoxes of the Enlightenment and the Liberal Revolutions: Sugar and Coffee over
Organizer: Alexander J. Sotelo Eastman, Washington University in St. Louis
The debates of the radical Enlightenment and the liberal revolutions promoted ideas of equality,
independence, and freedom contrary to slavery, an institution that, nevertheless, lasted until late
19th century in the Spanish colonies of Cuba and Puerto Rico. This panel unites papers that
address the legacies of the Enlightenment and Liberalism on the ideas regarding the African
races, the labor they were forced to perform, and the social space they were supposed to occupy.
What ideological and rhetorical tools were used to broach the contradictions around slavery as a
practice by 18th and 19th century thinkers across Spanish territories? How were these tensions
present not only in their writings but in everyday practices? These papers illuminate ideological
and pragmatic changes brought about by the Enlightenment and the liberal revolutions and
elaborate on how African descendants actively participated in these processes. The panel also
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puts into conversation the anti-slavery and pro-slavery dialogues that took place in the larger
context of 19th century abolitionist movements.
1. Conflicting Abolitionisms: Cuba’s Royalist Black Press and the Battle for
Representation of la raza de color, Alexander J. Sotelo Eastman, Washington
University in St. Louis
2. Comparative Slaveholder Ethnology in Latin America vs Anglo-America:
Enlightenment Race Science, Slavery, and the Parsing of Enslaved Africans by
Ethnic Heritage in Latin and Anglo America, Philip Kadish
3. Cuba’s Military Commission and the Slave Rebellion of 1825, Andres Pletch
Saturday, May 28, 9:45 to 11:15am
Situating Slavery in Colonial Latin America
Organizer: Stephanie L. Kirk, Washington University
Chair: Stephanie L. Kirk, Washington University
This interdisciplinary workshop brings together a group of literary studies scholars as well as
historians to discuss two broad topics related to slavery and its representation in colonial Latin
America. Panelists will frame their remarks around two broad topics: 1) their current work and
how it relates to the development of the field. 2) their methodology and the tools and challenges
it presents.
1. Larissa Brewer García, University of Chicago
2. Anna H. More, Universidade de Brasilia
3. Sherwin K. Bryant, Northwestern University
4. Rachel S. O’Toole, University of California Irvine
5. David Kazanjinan, University of Pennsylvania
Latin American Archive Stories
Organizer: Zeb J. Tortorici, New York University
Chair: Kirsten A. Weld, Harvard University
This workshop explores researchers' experiences navigating archives and archival systems of
classification in Latin America. From multiple disciplinary perspectives, we will discuss how
we, as scholars, interact personally and collectively with archives, documents, oral narratives,
ephemera, and finding aids, focusing on the stakes of knowledge production and the politics of
historical memory. Drawing on participants’ diverse research agendas spanning the colonial
period to the present, topics of discussion will include the politics of archival access, personal
subjectivity and relationships with archivists, collection and preservation practices, digitization,
non-textual sources, and archival activism.
1. Amalia Cordova, New York University
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Robin Lauren H. Derby, University of California Los Angeles
Henrique Espada Rodrigues Lima Filho, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Sylvia Sellers-García, Boston College
Danielle L. Terrazas Williams, Oberlin College
Kenneth C. Ward, John Carter Brown Library
Space, Place, and Mapping in Colonial Contexts
Organizer: Kelly S. McDonough, University of Texas at Austin
Chair: Kelly S. McDonough, University of Texas at Austin
Cultural geographer Doreen Massey has proposed the concept of space as an always-underconstruction and contemporaneously plural sphere born of and propelled by interactions and
exchanges. This interdisciplinary panel seeks papers that focus on the ways in which colonial
spaces were/are constituted, represented, and changed by heterogeneous peoples (and other
sentient beings), practices, and ideas. Of particular interest are papers that include colonial
cultures and epistemologies in contact; and simultaneous and/or dissonant alphabetic and visual
(in the broadest sense) assertions of domination, subordination, negotiation, and appropriation of
place and imaginary past and present.
1. Tracking the Archbishop: Draft Cartography and the Construction of Pedro Cortés y
Larraz’s Descripción geográfico-moral de la diócesis de Goathemala (1768-1770),
William George Lovell, Queen’s University
2. Unraveling the Bundle: Quinilli as Cosmology, Molly Bassett, Georgia Sate
3. Those Who Drew No Maps: Indigenous Territorialities and the Making of the Rio de
la Plata, Jeffrey A. Erbig, University of New Mexico
4. Social Contact in the Fringes of the Empire: The Port City of Cartagena de Indias in
the 18th Century, Mariselle Meléndez, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Saturday, May 28, 12:45 to 2:15pm
Revisitando las instituciones coloniales
Chair: Genny Negroe, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
1. Cambios en las funciones del cabildo colonial de Mérida, Yucatán, durante el siglo
XVIII, Genny Negroe, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
2. Discovered! Misión Santa Catalina de Guale, Georgia (1566), Northernmost Outpost
of Spanish Empire, Gary D. Keller, Arizona State University
3. El Cabildo de la Ciudad de Mérida, Yucatán, y la Ordenanza de Intendentes de 1786,
Pilar Zabala, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
4. Estudio de la Naturaleza de la Encomienda y Empresas de la Familia Belalcázar,
(1600-1630), Ángel Luis Toman Tamez, Pontificia Universidad Javieriana
5. “Fire not properly extinguished spreads forever:” Tribute and Indigenous Politics
after the Revolution of 1780, David Klassen
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Spatial practices and their visual representation in colonial and modern Mexico
Chair: Ana Pulido, University of Arkansas
Discussant: Barbara E. Mundy, Fordham University
This panel examines the role of visual sources in legal struggles over land and water from
various periods of Mexican history, ranging from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. The
diachronic approach highlights how a wide range of Mexican communities have negotiated with
colonial and national authorities over legal definitions of the land. The papers underscore how
maps, photographs, and lithographs are central to these legal claims as they not only represent
but also challenge and critique the spatial re-organization of territory.
1. Between Campesino and State: Photography, Rurality, and Citizenship in PostRevolutionary Mexico, Robin Adele Greeley, University of Connecticut
2. The Coatlinchan Palimpsests: Uses of Land Grant Maps in Colonial Mexico, Ana
Pulido, University of Arkansas
3. Washerwoman, World Heritage, and Water: Spaces of Modernity and Tradition in
Xochimilco and Mexico City, Stacie G. Widdifield, University of Arizona, and Jeffrey
Banister, University of Arizona-Southwest Center; School of Geography and
Saturday, May 28, 2:30 to 4:00pm
Chris Schmidt-Nowara in Memoriam (1966-2015): Pioneer of Atlantic Empire and
Antislavery Studies
Chair: Arnaldo Cruz-Malave, Fordham University
This panel discusses and honors the pioneering legacy and contribution to Atlantic studies of
empire and antislavery movements of our recently deceased distinguished LASA member Chris
Schmidt-Nowara, Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization at Tufts
University at the time of his death and former Magiis Professor at Fordham University. “Starting
with his dissertation on Spanish abolitionism, which later became Empire and Antislavery:
Spain, Cuba And Puerto Rico 1833-1874 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999), all of Chris’s
work sits,” as Prof. Ada Ferrer of NYU asserts, “at the intersection of European and American
history, Atlantic from its conception long before that was fashionable.” He would go on to
publish Slavery, Freedom and Abolition in Latin America and the Atlantic World (University of
New Mexico Press, 2011), which was selected by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic
Libraries as one of the year’s outstanding academic titles, and Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s
Atlantic Empire (Berghahn Books, 2013). “A truly Atlantic scholarly work,” Prof. Yuko Miki of
Fordham confirms, this “superb book, with which I always begins my course ‘Slavery &
Freedom in the Atlantic World,’ elegantly and concisely lays out the Iberian precedents … of
slavery in the modern world, thus challenging readers to move beyond the familiar confines of
the U.S. and Britain.” A distinguished group of scholars who specialize in Latin American,
American and Atlantic Studies will discuss and honor Prof. Schmidt-Nowara’s pioneering
contribution to Atlantic studies: Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of
History at the University of Texas at Austin, Benjamin Carp, Associate Professor and Daniel M.
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Lyons Chair of History at Brooklyn College, Geraldo Cadava, Assistant Professor of History at
Northwestern University, and Barbara Mundy, Professor of Art History at Fordham University.
Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, University of Texas at Austin
Geraldo L. Cadava, Northwestern University
Benjamin L. Carp, Brooklyn College CUNY
Barbara E. Mundy, Fordham University
Saturday, May 28, 6:00 to 7:30pm
Epic and Revolutions: Helen Maria Williams' Poetics of Peru
Organizers: Emily Rohrbach, Northwestern, University of Manchester, UK; Laura M LeonLlerena, Northwestern University
Chair: Emily Rohrbach, Northwestern, University of Manchester, UK
Following the recent publication (2015) of the first scholarly edition of Helen Maria Williams’
epic poems Peru (1786) and Peruvian Tales (1823), edited by Paula Feldman, this panel has
invited scholars to join a discussion of these newly accessible poems. Panelists will critically
engage with the poems from multiple perspectives: 1) Williams' adaptation of European
historiography (Feldman), 2) the relevance of Williams' epic to British missionary debates
(Moskal), 3) Williams' representation of native Andeans contrasted with Spanish conquistadors
and the relevance of that contrast for revolutionary thought of the early nineteenth century (Leon
Llerena), and 4) the relevance of Williams' epic for contemporary Bolivian politics (Damian).
1. Williams’ Use of History in Peru, Paula R. Feldmen, University of South Carolina,
Paula R. Feldman, University of South Carolina
2. The British Missionary Context of H. M. William’s Peru (1786), Jeanne Moskal,
Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
3. The Revolutionary weight of the past: the political role of the Incas in Williams’ epic
poetry, Laura M. Leon-Llerena, Northwestern University
4. Conquest and Possession: Helen Maria Williams’ Peru (1784), Environmentalism and
Latin America’s New Colonialism, Jessica Damian, Independent Scholar
Representing Slavery, Representing Blackness: Racialized Colonial Histories of the
Spanish Antilles, from the 16th Century Up to the Early-20th Century
Organizer: Kelvin A. Santiago-Valles, State University of New York Binghamton
Chair: Gladys M. Jiménez Muñoz, SUNY - Binghamton
This panel will examine the racial politics of how Blackness has been experienced, made sense
of, and challenged in visual representation, images, writing and narratives in the Caribbean from
Colonial Times to the early- 20th century.
1. Black Women in Sixteenth Century La Española (1502-1606): Historiographical and
Archival Representations, Lissette Acosta-Corniel, Hamilton College
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2. African Descent and the Visual Narratives of Properties Rule in Puerto Rico, 17601800, Kelvin A Santiago-Valles, State University of New York, Binghamton
3. Appropriating “Blackness” Through Rearticulating Material Processes and Social
Relations of Production within the Built Environment of Cuban Slavery, 1820-1866,
Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya, Hamilton College -Department of Africana Studies
4. “Nuestras favoritas Negritas:” Racializing Womanhood in Early Twentieth Century
Puerto Rico, Gladys M Jimenez Muñoz, SUNY Binghamton
Sunday, May 29, 8:00 to 9:30am
Piracy and Colonial Identities I
Organizer: María Gracia Ríos, Yale University
Chair: Mariana Velázquez, Columbia University
Transnational debates have transformed homogeneous views of places and cultures in our
present global-age, and in turn, they have contributed to reexamine notions of agency and
geography in the Early Modern period. The study of European piracy in Spanish-American
territories unveils the limitations of employing static categories of space and identity during this
era, for it shows complex transatlantic networks based on contraband, maritime predation and
power struggles. This two-part series of panels respond to LASA 2016 conference theme “LASA
at 50” by delving into the effects of piracy in the construction and development of SpanishAmerican identities and discussing the formation of fluid communities in Colonial Latin
America. The nine papers featured here present different perspectives on this subject, in a broad
geographical spectrum, by analyzing the appropriations and definitions of piracy within the
colonial discourse. The first panel (program track: Literary Studies—Colonial and 19th century)
examines representations of piracy in colonial Latin American literature, and the second
(program track: History and Historiography) addresses specific piratical assaults in the Spanish
Pacific and the Caribbean by revisiting historical primary sources and exploring their role in
forging Spanish-American identities.
1. Piracy as Perverse Pensamiento in the Epics of Imperial Spain, Jason McCloskey,
Bucknell University
2. Knowledge, Contraband & Predation in Coastal Central America in Early Colonial
Travel Narratives: The case of Moskitia and Cimarrón populations, J. Manuel Gómez,
Iona College
3. The Araucanian Loot: Heretics and Renegades against the Spanish Empire, María
Gracia Ríos, Yale University
4. Piracy and Mobility: Fictional Spatial Practices and Identities in the Caribbean,
Mariana Velázquez, Columbia University
5. Piracy against the Scarce Spanish Presence in the 16th Century Philippines: Accounts
and Consequences of the Chinese and Dutch Attacks, Anthony G. Hessenthaler,
Indiana University, University of Michigan
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Sunday, May 29, 9:45 to 11:15am
Piracy and Colonial Identities II
Organizer: Mariana Velázquez, Columbia University
Chair: María Gracia Ríos, Yale University
Transnational debates have transformed homogeneous views of places and cultures in our
present global-age, and in turn, they have contributed to reexamine notions of agency and
geography in the Early Modern period. The study of European piracy in Spanish-American
territories unveils the limitations of employing static categories of space and identity during this
era, for it shows complex transatlantic networks based on contraband, maritime predation and
power struggles. This two-part series of panels respond to LASA 2016 conference theme “LASA
at 50” by delving into the effects of piracy in the construction and development of SpanishAmerican identities and discussing the formation of fluid communities in Colonial Latin
America. The nine papers featured here present different perspectives on this subject, in a broad
geographical spectrum, by analyzing the appropriations and definitions of piracy within the
colonial discourse. The first panel (program track: Literary Studies—Colonial and 19th century)
examines representations of piracy in colonial Latin American literature, and the second
(program track: History and Historiography) addresses specific piratical assaults in the Spanish
Pacific and the Caribbean by revisiting historical primary sources and exploring their role in
forging Spanish-American identities.
1. Smugglers, bishops, scholars, and the evolution of a pirate story from the 17th century
New Kingdom of Granada, Leonardo Moreno-Alvárez, Graduate Student
2. Changing the Old World Order: Piracy, Crime, and the Creation of “American”
Identities in the 18th century, Amanda J. Snyder, Central Florida University
3. Piratas para Las Galápagos y Las Galápagos para piratas, Sabrina Guerra,
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Sunday, May 29, 12:45 to 2:15pm
Raza, criollismo e identidad en los siglos XVIII y XIX
Chair: Rubén A Sánchez-Godoy, Southern Methodist University
1. Construyendo la insurrección: criollos, chapetones y plebeyos en la Rebelión de los
Barrios de Quito, 1765, Estefanía Flores, Tulane University
2. Poetas esclavos en el siglo XIX cubano, Yansert Fraga, León, AHS
3. Rebel Identities in the Caste War Novels of the Mexican Southeast, Sarah M. West,
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
4. Simón Bolívar y el problema colonial / post colonial de las castas, Rubén A. SánchezGodoy, Southern Methodist University
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Sunday, May 29, 2:30 to 4:00pm
Atlantic and Latin American History Spanished: A Tribute to Christopher SchmidtNowara
Chair: Dale Tomich
Comprised of junior scholars from various US universities, this panel honors Christopher
Schmidt-Nowara’s groundbreaking scholarship on the histories of antislavery, empire, and
political thought in the Spanish Atlantic. The papers build on themes developed in SchmidtNowara’s influential monographs—Empire and Antislavery (1999) and Conquest of History
(2006)—to probe new connections between Spain and the Americas, from the late-eighteenth
through the late-twentieth centuries. We are concerned with questions relating to scale of
analysis, colonialism and sovereignty in the Caribbean, and trans-Atlantic modes (magazines and
theater) of political exchange. In different ways, we reiterate the importance of Spanish colonial
history to Atlantic and Latin American studies. These new works are deeply indebted to Chris’s
intellectual support and friendship over many years.
1. Empire and Civil Rights in Franco’s Spain: Transatlantic and global comparisons in
Cuadernos para el diálogo, 1963-1974, Louie Dean Valencia García, Fordham
2. Dominican Rebellion and the Crisis of Spanish Slavery, Ann Eller, Yale University
3. Questions of Scale: Spain, Spanish America, and the Atlantic World in the World of
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Elena A Schneider, University of California, Berkeley
4. Divergent Reflections on Colonialism and Nationalism in the Nineteenth-Century
Hispanic World, Dalia A. Muller, University at Buffalo
5. The Spanish Origins of Uncle Tom’s Cabin Theater in Nineteenth-Century Mexico
City, Celso T Castilho, Vanderbilt University
Sunday, May 29, 4:15 to 5:45pm
Blackness and Identity in the Early Modern Andean-Atlantic
Chair: Michelle A McKinley, University of Oregon
Paul Gilroy’s evocative phrase, the Black Atlantic elides the important role of the Pacific Rim in
the slave experience, and in Diaspora studies more generally. Papers in this panel explore
colonial blackness in the early modern world, with a focus on newly-arrived Africans in Lima,
Ecuador, and Cartagena. The panelists examine the role of African interpreters in evangelization
and cultural production, the unstable networks of brigands and petty criminals in Lima, the
presence of African descent peoples in Pacific circuits of trade, piracy and travel, and the
alternative, intertwined cartographies of enslaved and maroon communities in Cartagena.
1. Que desde la Media Luna llevaron unos negros al Palenque: Runaway Mobility and
the Geography of Seventeenth Century Cartagena de Indias, Ana M. Silva
2. Bozales, Ladinos, Chalones y Lenguas: The Black Interpreters of the Trans-Atlantic
Slave Trade to Spanish America, Larissa Brewer García, University of Chicago
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3. Standing on Shaky Ground: Claiming Ecclesiastical Immunity in SeventeenthCentury Lima: 1600-1699, Michelle A. McKinley, University of Oregon
4. The Predicament of Colonial Blackness in the South Sea, Sherwin K. Bryant,
Northwestern University
Conflitos pela mão-de-obra indígena na América Portuguesa e Império do Brasil: séculos
Organizer: André A. Machado, Professor
Este painel tem como objetivo destacar a importância da mão de obra indígena na história da
América Portuguesa e do Império do Brasil, entre os séculos XVI e XIX. Reunindo pesquisas
que tem como foco regiões do Brasil do extremo norte ao sul, assim como a amplidão de quatro
séculos, o painel demonstra que os braços indígenas não foram importantes apenas em uma fase
inicial da ocupação européia e tampouco seu emprego esteve restrito a regiões de menor
dinamismo econômico. Os conflitos aqui descritos, sejam armados ou disputas pelo
estabelecimento de marcos legais, demonstram como este era uma tema sensível.
1. Trabalho Compulsório dos Índios Aldeados no Rio de Janeiro Colonial: conflitos e
acordos, Maria R. Almeida
2. Exploração da mão de obra indígena no Império do Brasil: projetos e realidades
(1820-1840), Fernanda Sposito, Unicamp
3. Uma "guerra de raças" na Amazônia do século XIX? A Cabanagem e o conflito pelo
controle da mão de obra indígena no Império do Brasil, André A. Machado, Professor
Archivo y discurso colonial en los bordes del imperio
Organizer: Valeria Añón, Universidad de Buenos Aires/CONICET
Chair: Esperanza López Parada, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Discussant: Paul P. Firbas, State University of New York/Stony Brook
1. Mujeres cronistas en los márgenes del Archivo americano; Valeria Añón, Universidad de
Buenos Aires/CONICET
2. Los límites del discurso. Espacio y relato en el Río de la Plata (Siglo XVI): Loreley R. El
Jaber, Universidad de Buenos Aires
3. La escritura límite de la Amazonía: Gaspar de Carvajal y sus conexiones con otros
cronistas de la selva: Kim M. Beauchesne, University of British Columbia
4. De Islas, Estrechos y Penínsulas: California y la geografía del deseo: Jimena N.
Rodríguez, UCLA
5. Teatro y poder en los márgenes de la ciudad colonial o de cómo festejar al poderoso
desde los arrabales: Judith J. Farré, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
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Sunday, May 29, 6:00 to 7:30pm
Intervenciones institucionales: vulnerabilidad, sujetos y escritura coloniales
Chair: Ana María Díaz-Burgos, Oberlin College
Si bien los periodos de coerción institucional durante la época colonial produjeron textos que
exponen la vulnerabilidad del sujeto intervenido—como confesiones, peticiones legales,
autobiografías, diatribas filosóficas, teológicas o históricas—, también revelan su capacidad de
reformularse para intentar evadir, minimizar, o desafiar el peso de la normatividad que los
restringía. Este panel explora diversas instancias de estas reformulaciones que se presentan en las
intersecciones entre prácticas institucionales y escritura. Las ponencias que lo componen prestan
particular interés a las estrategias utilizadas por sujetos textuales para reapropiarse de los
sistemas legales, sociales o religiosos que los coartaban.
1. Los tiempos cambian: Un análisis del calendario Tovar, Dulce Aldama, University of
Colorado Boulder
2. Desorden en el convento: Refugio, confesión y hechicería a comienzos del siglo XVII
en Cartagena de Indias, Ana María Díaz-Burgos, Oberlin College
3. The Criminal, Ecclesiastical, and Civil Cases of Fernando de Montesinos from
Seventeenth-Century Peru, Nathan J. Gordon, Brigham Young University
Sunday, May 29, 7:45 to 8:45pm
Colonial Section - Business Meeting
Business meeting for the colonial section.
Meeting of Editors and Friends of Latin American Perspectives
Meeting of editors and friends of Latin American Perspectives. This event is intended to network
with fellow editors and friends, as well as organize attendance to various panels and events
taking place at LASA 2016.
Monday, May 30, 8:00 to 9:30am
Indigenous Voices in Colonial Mesoamerica
Chair: Jessica L. Criales, Rutgers
Given the fact that archives and textual production in the colonial period advanced the interests
of the colonial state, how can we look for indigenous voices and viewpoints within them? How
can we recover lived experiences intentionally ignored by colonial authorities? This panel
presents close readings of texts including conquistadors’ chronicles, death records, and letters
from nuns to discover indigenous perspectives that have been muted by the colonial records.
Focusing on the histories of Pipil, Nahua, Mixtec, and Zapotec peoples, these documents reveal
indigenous understandings of religion, conversion, ethnic identity, advocacy, disease, and death
in colonial Mesoamerica.
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1. Learning to Listen: Singing and Religious Conversations with the Pipil in a 16th
Century Chronicle, Scott R. Cave, Penn State University
2. “No one’s child died today": A Nahua Record of Epidemic Death, 1619-1640, Tara
3. Unspoken connections: Intertribal collaboration and the cacicas’ convent of Oaxaca,
Mexico, 1741-1850, Jessica L. Criales, Rutgers
Chronicles of Indies and Early Modern Science
Organizer: Jaime Marroquín Arredonado, Western Oregon University
Chair: Carlos A. Jaúregui, University of Notre Dame
Discussant: Carlos A. Jaúregui, University of Notre Dame
As established by recent scholarship, the so-called Scientific Revolution was a gradual and
collective process of information exchange in the new transoceanic contexts. A key component
of the beginnings of early modern science and epistemologies were the complex gathering and
‘translation’ of Amerindian knowledges to European conceptual and formal models. Early
modern natural history, in particular, cannot be understood without an analysis of the
‘ethnographic’ practices developed both sides of the Atlantic in the sixteenth and seventeenth
centuries. Latin American and postcolonial critical and historiographical studies have analyzed
the epistemological limits and problems of the transcultural exchange of knowledge between
Amerindian and European “savants.” It should not be understood, however, that these limits
implied an absolute inter-cultural communication failure. The heterogeneous knowledge that
Europeans gained during the so-called Age of Discovery was often the product of diverse and
highly complex translation processes of non-Western knowledge into Western contexts. The
extent of Amerindian agency and the impact of Iberian ethnographic methodologies and
historiographical practices for the development of early modern sciences are our main lines of
inquiry. We analyze transcultural knowledge-production practices involved in the production and
dissemination of the so-called “chronicles of Indies.”
1. Early natural science as cultural translations: the ‘ethnographic’ practices of Gonzalo
Fernández de Oviedo’s ‘Historia general y natural de las Indias,’ Jaime Marroquín
Arredonado, Western Oregon University
2. ‘On the word of the most trustworthy men’: Dr. Francisco Hernández and the
chroniclers of Indies, Iris Montero Sobrevilla
3. Dutch ‘translations’ of 16th century Iberian chronicles of Indies, Angélica MoralesSarabia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Monday, May 30, 9:45 to 11:15am
Coloniality, Postcolonial, and Decolonial Caribbean: Contributions, Productive
Intersections and Challenges
Organizer, Yolanda M. Martínez-San Miguel, The State University of New Jersey
Chair: Anjali Nerlekar, RutgersUNiversity
Discussant: George Ciccariello-Maher, Drexel University
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In this panel we will discuss how Colonial, Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies provide different
frameworks for the study of Caribbean history and culture. How are each of these approaches
useful, and what are the specific questions that they make possible? How can we connect the
Spanish Caribbean with the Anglo and French Caribbeans using the colonial, postcolonial and
decolonial debates as a point of departure? The session includes papers that study the 16th and
17th centuries colonial period in the Spanish Caribbean, texts that address the postcolonial and
decolonial periods in the Caribbean, and papers that connect the Spanish, Anglo and French
Caribbeans using colonial contexts and experiences to discuss how different theoretical
frameworks have become useful for the study of this region from the 16th century until the
contemporary period.
1. Duelo de Teorias/Theory Duel?: Post(De)Colonial Theories in Relation, Yomaira C.
Figueroa, Michigan State University
2. Caribbean Apocalypse: Imagining the End of the Modern/Colonial World in Junot
Diaz’s “Monstro” Carolyn Urena
3. Colonial Geo-graphing: Reasserting the Place of Space in Caribbean Studies, Santa
Arias, University of Kansas
4. Beyond National Bounds, the Indo-Caribbean, Anjali Nerlekar, RutgersUNiversity
5. From Alienation to Revolution: Puerto Rican Coloniality and the Decolonial Option
in J.L. Torres’ The Accidental Native, Consuelo Martínez-Reyes, Australian National
Monday, May 30, 12:45 to 2:15pm
Rethinking Space and Agency in the Crónica de Indias
Chair: Sarah H. Beckjord, Boston College
1. Document and Performance in Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo’s Nicaraguan
Chronicles, Sarah H. Beckjord, Boston College
2. Journey to the Galapagos: the Rhetorical Genesis of Paradise, Esteban Mayorga,
Niagara University
3. Who are you calling 'caribe'? Language, Landscape, and Imposed Identity in Northern
New Spain, Rebecca Carte
Hidden In Plain Sight: Text to Image / Image to Text in Ancient and Colonial Mexico
Chair: William L. Barnes, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Before the arrival of Europeans, native Mexican artists, scribes, and patrons encoded within their
visual and written material their beliefs, aspirations, and histories. This process continued into
the colonial era, where alphabetic texts grew steadily in significance at the expense of the visual
and glyphic traditions. This session explores the relationship between text, image, and
motivation in the visual, written, and oral histories of ancient and colonial Mexico, focusing, in
particular, on the reciprocal and occasionally contentious relationship of text and image.
1. Considerations on Materiality of the Text, Victoria I. Lyall, San Francisco State
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2. Rediscovering the Hidden City: Tlatelolco in Aztec Art and History William L.
Barnes, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
3. The Two Moteuczomas: Text-Image Soundscapes, Patrick T. Hajovsky,
Southwestern University
4. Revealing the Hidden Agendas of the Relación de Michoacán’s Collaborators in the
Tension between Its Text and Images, Angelica J. Afanador-Pujol
Monday, May 30, 12:45 to 2:15pm
Remapping Blackness in the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds
Chair: Mark A Sanders, Emory University
1. Recontando a história negra no interior de São Paulo Valquiria P Tenorio, IFSP-Campus
Matao Edmundo A. Oliveira, UNIARA
2. La memoria histórica en cuatro personajes femeninos negros de Capá Prieto de Yvonne Denis
Rosario, Rebecca Carrero, Universidad de Puerto Rico/Rio Piedras
3. José Isabel Herrera and His Black Mambises: Narrating Race in the Early Cuban Republic,
Mark A Sanders, Emory University
4. ‘[They] proved to be very good sailors’: Black Captives and Collaborators in the South Sea
during the Age of Piracy, Tamara J. Walker, University of Pennsylvania
5. The Image of the "Negro" in the Modern History of Peru, Luis M. Gómez Acuña, Pontificia
Universidad Católica del Perú
Monday, May 30, 2:30 to 4:00pm
Rethinking Politics in the Global Spanish Empire. Sixteenth through Eighteenth Centuries
Organizers: Santiago Muñoz Arbeláez, Yale University; Juan Carlos De Orellana Sánchez,
University of Texas at Austin
Chair: Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, University of Texas/Austin
How was politics conceptualized and negotiated in the Spanish empire? Drawing on case-studies
from the Philippines, Peru, New Granada, and theoretical debates over the state of the empire,
this panel discusses how the Spanish monarchy redesigned its political structure to expand to the
New World and how the Indies in turn redefined the meaning of empire from the sixteenth
through eighteenth centuries. The panel aims to rethink how politics worked in the Spanish
empire by illustrating the mutually-constitutive dialogue at the “local” and “imperial” levels, and
by revisiting the dynastic change as a radical turnaround in governance.
Making Indians, Making Empire. Negotiating Institutions in the Sixteenth Century
New Kingdom of Granada, Santiago Muñoz Arbeláez, Yale University
Limiting the Inquisition and Creating a Kingdom. Defining Institutional Boundaries
in the Seventeenth Century Viceroyalty of Peru, Juan Carlos De Orellana Sánchez,
University of Texas at Austin
The Invention of the Spanish Commercial Empire, c. 1740-1762, Fidel Tavárez
Re-inscribing the Chinese ‘Other’ in the Spanish Philippines, c.1764-1780, Kristie P.
Flannery, Univ. of Texas at Austin
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La población libre de origen africano y la construcción local del estado en la Nueva
Granada, S. XVIII, Katherine Bonil Gómez, The Johns Hopkins University
Monday, May 30, 6:00 to 7:30pm
Imperial Policies and Politics: Continuing Debates in the History of Brazil
Chair: Judy A. Bieber, University of New Mexico
Discussant: Roderick J. Barman
Perpetual debate, rather than consensus, was the driving force behind laws and policies approved
in the Brazilian Empire (1822-1889). Stemming from civil law tradition, Brazilian legal
development largely derived from the deliberative dynamics of a parliamentary-styled system
that subjected bills to deep if prolonged scrutiny. Yet in spite of this fact so familiar to historians
of Brazil, many scholars portray 19th-century lawmaking as belonging to a non-descript,
cohesive “elite” with an outsize causal historical power. Compounding this shortcoming is the
fact that, rather than assess the social, political and economic conditions that underwrote the
making of specific laws, historians often resort to the categories of “success or failure” to
evaluate legal impact. This panel intends to address these problems by returning to four legal
landmarks in the history of Imperial Brazil with the aim of providing new narratives and
questions about their conditions of emergence: the “Lei Feijó” of 1831, the 1850 Land Law, the
1860 “Law of Impediments” and the Free Birth Law of 1871. Following relatively recent studies
on patronage, factionalism and party formation to advance new social history approaches
centering on inter-elite conflict and emergent perspectives from business history, the panel will
also open a conversation about the centrality of archival innovation and critical revisionism in
analyzing the political history of Brazil.
Brazil and the Brazilian Slave Trade Between Two Global Swings, 1831-1850,
Tâmis Parron
Beyond Latifundia and Fazendeiros: Toward a History of the 1850 Land Law that
Does Not End with Coffee Barons, José Juan J. Pérez Meléndez, University of
The Law of Impediments (1860): Polarization and Economic Policy in Imperial
Brazil, Bruna I. Dourado, Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF
International Dimensions of the Brazilian Free Birth Law (1871) Rodrigo Goyena
Soares, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO)
American Society for Ethnohistory (ASE)
Blog IguAnalista
Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura
College Art Association (CAA)
Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH)
Colonial Latin America on the MLA Commons
Asociación para el Fomento de los Estudios
Conference on Latin American History (CLAH)
Históricos en Centroamérica (AFEHC)
Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers
Association for Documentary Editing (ADE)
Association for Latin American Art (ALAA)
Guatemala Scholars Network, and weekly GSN
América Latina Portal Europeo
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Hispanic American Historical Review Online
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana
Josiah, the online catalog of the John Carter Brown
LASA Colonial Section on Facebook (public page)
LASA Colonial Section on Facebook (closed group)
LASA Colonial Website
LASA Colonial Member List
Latin American Library at Tulane University
Newberry Library Digital Resources
Portal Europeo REDIAL CEISAL
“Los Primeros Libros” project
Renaissance Society of America (RSA)
Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies
Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC)
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and
Publishing (SHARP)
Society for Latin American and Caribbean
Anthropology (SLACA)
Society for Textual Scholarship (STS)
Spanish Paleography Digital Teaching and Learning
World Digital Library
About the Colonial Section of LASA and Colonia/Colônia
The Colonial Section of LASA is a forum where those who study the colonial period in Latin
America come together across disciplinary boundaries to share information and exchange ideas.
The section was formed in the fall of 2012 and currently has over 140 active members in the
United States and abroad. The 2015-2016 section officers are Raúl Marrero-Fente, University of
Minnesota (chair); Mónica Díaz, University of Kentucky (vice-chair and chair of awards
committee); Pablo García Loaeza, West Virginia University (council member and
secretary/treasurer); Kelly McDonough, University of Texas at Austin (council member); and
Ann de León, University of Alberta (council member). Clayton McCarl, University of North
Florida, is the section’s communications manager. Nathan James Gordon, University of
Colorado Boulder, coordinates our use of social media, and Caroline Egan, Stanford University,
manages our membership information and e-mail list.
Colonia/Colônia is the quarterly newsletter of the Colonial Section. The editorial staff consists of
Pablo García Loaeza, West Virginia University (editor); Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Michigan State
University (assistant editor); Claudia Berríos, Michigan State University; Chloe Ireton,
University of Texas at Austin; and Mariana Velázquez, Columbia University (graduate student
assistant editors); Clayton McCarl, University of North Florida (editorial advisor). Issues are
published in February, May, August and November. Submissions are due by the 15th of the
month prior to publication.
Members are encouraged to contribute any material that may be of relevance to scholars of the
colonial world. In particular, we invite submissions to the following sections:
Member Publications. Current members of the Colonial Section are encouraged to send
the full citations of material published within the previous calendar year (Chicago authordate style preferred) to Mariana Velázquez, mv2447[at] In the case of
books, authors may include a brief summary (100-words maximum), a link to further
information, and a cover image, to be included at the editors’ discretion and as space
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Colonial Forum. This section is a space for the expression of ideas and opinions related
to our field in the form of “letters to the editor.” Materials should be sent to
Spotlight on the Archives highlights repositories with collections of interest to scholars
in our field. To suggest institutions to be profiled in future issues, please contact Rocío
Quispe-Agnoli, quispeag[at]
Graduate Student News is a space for sharing information for and about PhD candidates
engaged in the study of colonial Latin America from within any discipline. Graduate
students are not required to be section members to participate. Material should be sent to
Claudia Berríos, berriosc[at]
All of the abovementioned sections are included on an occasional basis, as determined by
member submissions and editorial discretion.
Listings or summaries of conference sessions should be submitted to Chloe Ireton,
Calls for papers, awards and distinctions, and any other material should be sent to Pablo García
Loaeza, Pablo.Garcia[at]
Colonia/Colônia does not sell advertising or include general book announcements on behalf of
publishers. However, we are always happy to include in “Member Publications” listings for
books written or edited by section members.
Previous issues of Colonia/Colônia can be accessed on the Colonial Section website.
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