CFP: 2021 American Historical Association Meeting: Panel on Indigenous Healing in Colonial Contexts

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Hello Colleagues,

I am looking for scholars working on indigenous healing practices, or knowledge, in colonial contexts for a panel at the 2021 American Historical Association meeting in Seattle, WA. I would like to put together a panel that touches on various parts of the Americas and probes the interactions of Native peoples with Europeans and people of African descent. I am also interested in research on indigenous healing traditions that reveals new interpretations of Native society or culture.

 I myself study the Nahua people of central Mexico in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. My proposed paper will compare European understandings of sanctioned and unsanctioned healers in Iberia and how this influenced the way Spanish clerics and colonial officials interpreted Nahua healers in Mexico.

If you are interested in joining the panel, please send me a 250 word abstract and a CV at by February 5, 2020.


Warm Regards,


Edward Polanco

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Virginia Tech