We are very pleased to announce our Conference "Rethinking Space in Latin American History", which Yale will host on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29. In this two-day conference, leading scholars will present new work that brings to the forefront the dynamic relationships through which Latin America's spaces both have produced history and have been historically produced. The conference will feature six thematic panels followed by discussion sessions, and a final roundtable with Lauren Benton, Stuart Schwartz, and James C. Scott.
We hope that you will join us for an exciting set of presentations and discussions. Information about the schedule of the Conference, the venue, the participants, and the pre-circulated papers is available on the conference's website:
9:30 - 11:15 a.m. - PANEL 1. Environments, Commodification, and Space Chair and discussant: Barbara Weinstein (New York University)
Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert (McGill University). "Deep Space, Mining Time. The Extraction of Precious Metals in Latin America from the Conquest to Today"
Thomas Rogers (Emory University) "A Disjuncture of Scale? Linking Agroenvironmental Change to Labor Mobilization"
John Soluri (Carnegie Mellon University) "Blind Spots: Re-Viewing the Spaces of Latin American Agriculture"
11:30 - 1:00 p.m.- PANEL 2. Spatial Technologies Chair and discussant: Barbara Mundy (Fordham University)
Mauricio Nieto (Universidad de los Andes). "Creole cartography in the period of independence in New Granada"
Raymond B. Craib (Cornell University). "Ghost Writers: History, Geography and the Routes of Cortés"
Ricardo Salvatore (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella). "Hemisphere, Region, and Nation: Spatial Conceptions in U.S. Hispanic American History"
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. - PANEL 3. Urban Spaces in Latin America’s Past Chair and discussant: Pablo Piccato (Columbia University)
Vera Candiani (Princeton University) "Urban Farming in Early Spanish America: The Real Deal in Food Security, or Did Alice Waters and Michael Pollan Get It Right?"
Daryle Williams (University of Maryland, College Park) "Hesketh's Return: Visualizing Free Africans in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1849-1851"
Diego Armus (Swarthmore College) "Diseases in the Modern City: Approaches, Topics, and Analytical Frameworks"
3:45 - 5:30 p.m. - PANEL 4. Spaces of Domination and Resistance Chair and discussant: Marcela Echeverri (Yale University)
Marta Herrera (Universidad de los Andes). "The Theater Metaphor: Spatial Structure and Materialization of Power in New Granada Indian Towns."
Guillermo Wilde (Universidad Nacional de San Martín / Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Argentina) "From Utopia To Reality. Indigenous Conceptions Of Space In The Jesuits Missions Of South America"
Jeremy Mumford (Brown University) "Forced Resettlement, Cultural Alibis, and the Theory of Tyranny in Sixteenth-Century Peru"
Flavio dos Santos Gomes (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) "Cartographies of Freedom: Fugitives, Slave Economies and Slave Quarters in Rio de Janeiro’s Paraíba Valley, Brazil (19th century)"
Pekka Hamäläinen (University of Oxford) "The Competing Spatialities of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico"
Cynthia Radding (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). “Spatial Continuities and Ruptures in the Production of New Spain’s Northern Frontier”
Claudia Leal (Universidad de los Andes) "Rainforest Frontiers"
Mark Overmyer-Velazquez (University of Connecticut). "Global Latinos: Peruvian Migrants in Post Pinochet Chile"
11:00 - 12:45 p.m. - PANEL 6. Regionality, Sovereignty, States, and Empires Chair and discussant: Anne Eller (Yale University)
Neil Safier (John Carter Brown Library / Brown University) "Politics and Possession on a Luso-Hispanic Amazonian Frontier"
Ernesto Bassi (Cornell University) "Mobility and the Configuration of Trans-Imperial Geographies: The Region-Making Lives of Greater Caribbean Sailors during the Age of Revolutions"
Tamar Herzog (Harvard University). “Historical Rights to Land: Space, History, and Law in Latin America”
1:50 - 3:20 p.m. - Round Table: History and Spatial Theory
James C. Scott (Yale University) Lauren Benton (New York University) Stuart B. Schwartz (Yale University) Chair: Gilbert M. Joseph (Yale University)
Sponsored by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund at Yale University; Department of History at Yale University; Latin American History Mellon Fund at Yale University; Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at the MacMillan Center, Yale University; Centro de Estudios Socioculturales e Internacionales, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia; and Environmental History at Yale
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