Annual Meeting of the Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America

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Call for Papers
October 5, 2017 to October 7, 2017
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Atlantic History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Native American History / Studies

The Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America invites proposals for its annual meeting in San Diego, California from October 5 to 7, 2017. The Southwest Seminar is a collaborative effort among specialists from across the U.S. Southwest dedicated to promoting innovative approaches to the study of colonial Latin America. The Seminar’s annual meetings are conceived as a venue to exchange ideas and to encourage collegiality and conviviality among colonial Latin Americanists of varied backgrounds and with diverse research interests. From graduate students to senior faculty, participants are welcome to present new works in progress, including dissertation chapters, articles in development, or pieces of larger works. The Southwest Seminar is supported by the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, Northern Arizona University, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, the University of Arizona, University of California-San Diego, University of Texas-El Paso, and Utah Valley University. Additional information on the Southwest Seminar can be found at The University of California, San Diego will host the 2017 meeting.

In advance of the 500-year anniversary of native and Spanish encounters in Mesoamerica, over the next several meetings, the 2017 meeting’s theme—Beyond the Conquest: New Approaches to Ethnohistory of Colonial Latin America—will prioritize works that deal with innovative perspectives on indigenous studies and ethnohistory in colonial Latin America.  While we encourage submissions on this year’s theme, proposals on other topics in colonial Latin America will also be given full consideration.

We invite English- or Spanish-language proposals from domestic and international scholars at any career stage. Submissions should include an abstract (no longer than three hundred words) and an abbreviated CV (no longer than two pages). A selection of scholars will be invited to participate; the Seminar will cover local housing and meal expenses. Invited participants will introduce their respective pre-circulated works-in-progress (no longer than 10,000 words) and serve as primary commentators for another participant’s work. The eminent Latin American historian Eric Van Young will serve as senior discussant for the 2017 seminar. Please send proposals to To be considered, proposals must be received by May 15, 2017. Acceptance notifications will be circulated by July 1, 2017.

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For additional information, please contact the local host, Dana Velasco Murillo (, and seminar organizers, R.A. Kashanipour ( and José Carlos de la Puente (

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