Symposium on Latin America in the Early Colonial Period

Map with Nahuatl glyphs, 16th century. Newberry Ayer MS 1903.
Map with Nahuatl glyphs, 16th century. Newberry Ayer MS 1903. Click to enlarge.
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Lecture in Early Modern History
Other Renaissance Programs
Saturday, April 11, 2015

9 am to 3 pm

Please register by 10 am Friday, April 10

Ruggles Hall

Keynote speaker: Laura Matthew, Marquette University

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.


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

Commentator: Karen Graubart, History, University of Notre Dame

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

Commentator: to be announced

12:30 – 2. Lunch break

Public lecture

2 – 3. Keynote address

A Tale of Two Bigamists: Atlantic and Other Worlds in Sixteenth-Century Latin America

Laura E. Matthew, History, Marquette University

A lecture description will be added soon.

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 Department of Continuing Education.

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.

Cost and registration information: 

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.