"Paper Technologies" Conference at Wesleyan and Yale, May 4-5

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May 4, 2017 to May 5, 2017
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies

Paper Technologies: The Materiality of Empire & State Formation in Latin America

May 4-5, 2017, Wesleyan University (May 4) and Yale University (May 5)


This two-day conference examines the political, legal, and cultural processes of empire and state formation in Latin America in relation to concrete quotidian practices of inscription. Through the creation of artifacts such as printed books, manuscripts, passports, and other kinds of technologies, Iberian empires and post-colonial states took on tangible forms as they worked to regulate social relations on the ground. At the same time, subjects actively shaped empire and state making by engaging with paper in pursuit of their goals, hopes and dreams.

The conference features keynote lectures, panel presentations and discusion off pre-circulated papers, and a gallery talk by undergraduate students. The conference is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please visit the conference website to RSVP, find complete schedule and location details, and access the conference papers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (Various Locations)

12:45pm Welcome, Usdan University Center Room 110

1:00-2:30pm Panel 1: Papers of Freedom and Dispossession

3:00-4:15pm Panel 2: The Politics of Printing

4:30pm Gallery Talk: From Amate to Artists' Boks: Crafting Communities through Media in Latin America, Olin Memorial Library Special Collections & Archives

6pm Keynote Lecture: Dr. Diana Magaloni, Los Angeles County Museum of Art/Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM: The Indigenous History of the Conquest of Mexico in Book 12 of the Florentine Codex, Usdan University Center Room 108

Friday May 5, 2017, Yale University, New Haven CT (Various Locations)

8:30-10:15am Panel 3: Paper Identifications and Struggles over Legal Personhood, Beinecke Library

10:45am-12:30pm Panel 4: Imperial Alphabets, Indigenous Tactices, Beinecke Library

12:45-2:00pm Keynote Lecture: Dr. Sylvia Sellers-García, Boston College, Making the Margins in Paper: Colonial to National in Central America, Whitney Humanities Center

2:15-3pm Closing Remarks and Discussion

4:30pm Keynote Lecture: Dr. Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan, "Esto lo ha dicho la doliente": From Last Rites to Freedom Suit (Havana, 1817), Whitney Humanities Center

Please contact the conference organizers for access to papers and with any questions: Corinna Zeltsman (czeltsman@wesleyan.edu) and Santiago Muñoz Arbeláez (santiago.munoz@yale.edu)

Co-sponsors: The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Wesleyan University History Department, the Wesleyan University Center for the Americas, the Wesleyan University Program in Latin American Studies, and the Yale University Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies