Colonial

A Section of the Latin American Studies Association

Sponsored Panels

The Colonial Section has sponsored 2-3 panels at each LASA congress since 2014. At our first business meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2013, the membership decided that these panels should be organized by the members of the executive council, in part as a way to provide newer members of the profession with the opportunity to explore a topic of interest or begin a new line of conversation.

2019, Boston

New Directions in Colonial Latin American Studies
Session Organizer and Chair: Caroline R Egan, University of Cambridge
Discussant: Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Michigan State University

  1. Negros españoles como presas de guerra: del Caribe a la Nueva York colonial: Beatriz C Peña, Queens College (CUNY)
  2. "Comían esta planta para delirar y ver mil fantasmas": la farmacología de Francisco Hernández entre el discurso natural y el discurso político imperial: Giovanni F Salazar Calvo, Michigan State University
  3. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Value, Gold, and The Politics of Memory: Jorge Tellez, University of Pennsylvania

Expanding the Colonial Canon: The Production of First Editions (Workshop)
Chair: Kelly S McDonough, University of Texas at Austin

Presenters: Wendy J Kramer; Clayton L McCarl, University of North Florida; Rebeca Moreno-Orama, Washington College; Matthew J Hill, Brigham Young University

Colonial Technologies and the Emergence of Latin America
Session Organizer and Chair: Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Michigan State University
Discussant: Caroline R Egan, University of Cambridge

  1. Religión y tecné: del arte de construirse un ídolo y/o un mártir: Esperanza López Parada, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  2. Indigenous Technologies of Language and Writing: Voice and Image in New Spain: Kelly S McDonough, University of Texas at Austin
  3. Biomedical Technology: The Extraction of Balsam and the Welsers' Secret Lab in the Province of Venezuela" (1528-1556): Giovanna Montenegro, Binghamton University
  4. Copper Smelting and Charcoal Making: Technology and Knowledge Transfer in Sixteenth and Seventeenth- Century Cuba: Handy Acosta, Tulane University
2018, Barcelona

Colonial Tongues – Lenguas coloniales
Session Organizer and Chair: Caroline R Egan, University of Cambridge

  1. Early Colonial Translators between Eloquent Rule and Just War: Luciana Villas Boas
  2. Blood, Water, Popes, and Blowguns: Language and Poetics in Contact in Colonial Mexico: Jeanne L Gillespie, University of Southern Mississippi
  3. Preamble to Cajamarca 1532: Emissaries, Representations and the Strategy of Garbled Message: Sara Castro-Klaren, Johns Hopkins University
  4. Lenguas e imperio: Texto y contexto en la Instrucción de Titu Cusi Yupanqui: Christian P Fernández Palacios, Louisiana State University
  5. De "ladinos" a "demonios": lengua y rebelión en la Compendiosa relación de la cristiandad de Quito de Bernardo Recio: Estefania Flores

The Colonial Religious Apparatus: Part I
Session Organizer and Chair: Nathan J Gordon, Brigham Young University Chair

  1. Tradición cristiana y crítica de la esclavitud en Servi Liberi de Epifanio de Moirans (1682): Rubén A Sánchez-Godoy, Southern Methodist University
  2. La imagen viviente. Religiosidad e imagen en la Relación acerca de las antigüedades de los indios de Fray Ramón Pané: Luca Salvi, Università di Verona
  3. Sacred Geographies and Indigenous Cosmologies: 18th Century Miracle-Paintings of the Virgin of Cayma from Arequipa, Peru: Caroline A Garriott, Duke University

Colonial Mobilities

  1. Seyxas y Lovera, from Madrid's favour to Mexico's prison. A cortesan writer in the naval network of Viceroy Count of Galve: Christian Supiot, Ohio State University
  2. Mind and Personhood in Motion: Indigenous Humanism in Colonial Mexico: David Tavárez, Vassar College
  3. Posesiones no venales: apropiación y traslado de materiales y objetos religiosos en las Indias: Esperanza López Parada, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
2017, Lima

Periferia, discurso y representación: debates en torno al archivo colonial hispanoamericano I
Session Organizer: Raul Marrero-Fente, University of Minnesota
Chair: Esperanza López Parada, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Discussant: Valeria Añón, Universidad de Buenos Aires/CONICET

  1. Posturas y remates en los bordes del archivo colonial. Prácticas de ostentación y reciclaje en la fiesta novohispana (1602-1714) – Judith J Farré, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
  2. Escenarios periféricos en los Comentarios reales del Inca Garcilaso: el caso chileno – Marta Ortiz Canseco, Universidad Intenacional de la Rioja
  3. El margen de los márgenes: la época colonial en el territorio ocupado por el Estado de la República Oriental del Uruguay – Gustavo A Verdesio, University of Michigan
  4. Épica e imperio: escribir poesía épica colonial en el siglo XVI – Raul Marrero-Fente, University of Minessota

16th and 17th Century Colonial Minds, Motives and Agendas
Chair: Nathan J Gordon, Brigham Young University

  1. Embodied Interests: Simón, Rodríguez Freile and Fernández de Piedrahita as Exemplary Figures of the Ideal Colonial Mind/Subject – Alberto Villate Isaza, University of Georgia
  2. Authorial Intent (and Other Agendas) in New Spain's Publishing Industry, 1540-1625 – Alberto A Palacios, University of Texas at Austin
  3. 'Siendo yo': Martín de Murúa's Contested Vision in the Colonial Andes – Lisl Schoepflin, University of California Los Angeles
  4. Jewish Agendas in González de Eslava's Plays – Ben Post, Murray State University

Historiografía literaria y letras virreinales peruanas: Antiguos saberes / nuevas rutas
Chair: Raquel Chang-Rodriguez, City College-Graduate Center, CUNY
Discussant: Marcel M Velázquez, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos

  1. Re-visión del canon de la literatura peruana virreinal – Christian P Fernández Palacios, Louisiana State University
  2. Un camino diferente a Vilcabamba: La Relasción (1570) de Titu Cusi Yupanqui – Beatriz C Peña, Queens College (CUNY)
  3. Literatura virreinal, tecnología y difusión – Patricia Arevalo, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
2016, New York City

The Re-articulation of the Colonial Past in the 18th and 19th Century and Its Contemporary Legacy
Session Organizer: Ann De Leon, University of Alberta
Discussant: Ashley Kerr, University of Idaho

  1. From Pre-Columbian Ruins to Fiesta Time: Imagineering Walt Disney World's Cartographies of Consumer Desire in its Mexican Pavilion – Ann De Leon and Tanya Ball, University of Alberta
  2. The Politics of Reconstruction: Eulalia Guzman's (Post)Colonial Archives – Laura Torres Rodriguez, New York University
  3. Mitologías de la pampa seca: Relecturas y reescrituras del viaje de Mansilla –Ángel Tuninetti, West Virginia University
  4. The Struggle for the Essequibo and El Dorado: A Cartographic Exercise in Mapping Fantasy in Nineteenth-Century South American Boundary Disputes – Giovanna Montenegro, Binghamton University

Space, Place, and Mapping in Colonial Contexts
Organizer and Chair: Kelly S. McDonough, University of Texas at Austin

  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 State University
  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

The Colonial Connection: Colonial Practices and Contemporary Cultural Products
Organizer: Pablo García Loaeza, West Virginia University
Chair: Raul Marrero-Fente, University of Minnesota

  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 Sorbonne-Nouvelle 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
2015, Chicago

Colonial Materiality: Everyday Objects in Early–Modern Spanish America
Organizer, Chair and Discussant: Pablo García Loaeza, West Virginia University

  1. Coca, Bread, and Wine: Plebeian Links and Connections with the Countryside – Leo J Garofalo, Connecticut College
  2. Infrastructure and Race in Colonial Mexico – Daniel Nemser, University of Michigan
  3. Putting the Saints on Trial: Miracle Accounts and Image–Objects in 18th Century Peru – Caroline A Garriott, Duke University

Race, Religion and Resistance in Colonial Times
Organizer and Chair: Mónica Díaz, University of Kentucky

  1. Traducción como mediación e interpretación como agencia: el caso de los traductores/intérpretes africanos en Cartagena de Indias a comienzos del siglo XVII – Rubén A Sánchez–Godoy, Southern Methodist University
  2. Montes d'Oca vs. de Cabrera: El caso de los mulatos en el México de 1576 – Hector E Weir, Texas A&M University
  3. "Su Fingida Santidad": Narratives of Saintliness and Blackness in Late Colonial Mexico – Krystle A Farman, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  4. Mohanes contra frailes. La resistencia nativa en la gobernación de Santa Marta y sus implicaciones religiosas. Siglos XVI–XVII – Luis Miguel Córdoba Ochoa, Universidad Nacional de Colombia–Sede Medellin
  5. Mounting the "Poyto": An Image of Afro–Catholic Syncretic Submission in the Mystical Vision of Peru's Úrsula de Jesús – Rachel Spaulding, University of New Mexico
2014, Washington, D.C.

Urban Space, Spectacle and Race I
Session Organizer and Chair: Mónica Díaz (Georgia State University)

  1. Passing under the Triumphal Arch – Rolena Adorno (Yale University)
  2. "To Correct these Detestable Luxuries": Funerary Rites and the Limits of Selfhood in Late-Colonial Lima, Peru – Tamara J Walker (University of Pennsylvania)
  3. After the Execution: Mapping African Experience of Colonial Mexico City – Savannah L Esquivel (University of Chicago)
  4. Unruly Mexicans and Spaniards in the "Pearl of the Orient": Convict Labor, Bourbon Urban Reforms, and Racial Discourse in Late Eighteenth-Century Manila – Eva M Mehl (University of North Carolina/Wilmington)

Paradigm Shift: New Theories and Methodologies in the Study of Colonial Latin America
Session Organizers: Magali M Carrera (University of Massachusetts) and Raul Marrero-Fente (University of Minnesota)
Chair: Raul Marrero-Fente (University of Minnesota)

  1. Una metáfora aristotélica para un dios desconocido: Pachacamac en el Inca Garcilaso – Esperanza López Parada (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  2. Diffusion and Circulation of Images: a Theoretical Critique of the Models of Cultural Contact in the Art of the New Spain in the Sixteenth Century, José Luis Pérez Flores (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí) – Sergio A González Varela (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí)
  3. Colonial Archipelagoes: Reimagining Colonial Caribbean Studies – Yolanda M Martínez-San Miguel (The State University of New Jersey)
  4. Early Modern Globalism and Colonial Latin American Studies – Raul Marrero-Fente (University of Minnesota)