The Colonial Section of the Latin American Studies Association will sponsor the following guaranteed session at LASA 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico May 27-30:
Colonial materiality: everyday objects in early-modern Spanish America.
As Bjørnar Olsen notes, material culture is generally studied as the reflection of a social a priori; little emphasis is placed on things qua things, and the possibility that they themselves might be indispensable constituents of the social fabric that is studied. This interdisciplinary session seeks to explore the role of every-day objects in the constitution and development of colonial societies in Latin America from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Of particular interest are examinations of objects or technologies that intersect ethnic divides. Send an abstract (250 words) and one-page CV to Pablo García Loaeza, Pablo.Garcia@mail.wvu.edu by August 1, 2014.
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