Entangled Trajectories Symposium

This exciting inter-disciplinary symposium will take place April 9-10, 2015, at George Washington University and the Mexican Cultural Institute.

The conference is organized by the Early Americas Working Group and co-sponsored by the Kislak Family Foundation, George Washington University (MEMSI, History Department and CCAS), the University of Maryland (Center for Literary and Comparative Studies and Miller Center for Historical Studies), the National History Center of the American Historical Association, and the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Admission is free, but please REGISTER by emailing Emily Feeney at efeeney@historians.org or by clicking here.

**The last day to RSVP is Wednesday, April 1st.

Preliminary Program

 Thursday, 9 April, 2015

307 Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21 St. NW

8: 30 Coffee and Pastries

9:00 Welcome: Ben Vinson III (Dean, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, GW)

9: 15 Introduction: Ralph Bauer (UMD) and Marcy Norton (GW)


9:30-11:15: Entangled Things

Chair: Colin McEwan (Dumbarton Oaks)

  1. Molly Warsh (University of Pittsburgh)
    Pearls and indigenous language, practice, and ecology in the early Spanish Caribbean
  2. Neil Safier (The John Carter Brown Library)
    Masked Observers and Mask Collectors: Entangled Visions from the Eighteenth-Century Amazon
  3. Margaret M Bruchac (University of Pennsylvania)

Take Me to the River: Navigating the Materiality and Messaging of Wampum


11:30-12:45: Entangled Languages 

Chair: Joanne Rappaport (Georgetown University)

  1. Galen Brokaw (Montana State University)
    Colonial Translation and Inca Culture
  2. Birgit Brander Rasmussen (Yale University)
    Guerrilla Philology, Guerrilla Linguistics: Sequoyah’s Achievement Reconsidered


12:45-2:15: Lunch


2:15-4:00: Entangled in Conflict

Chair: Kathleen Lynch (The Folger Shakespeare Library)

  1. Karen Graubart (University of Notre Dame)
    Parallel Play: cabildos de españoles and cabildos de indios in the early Lima Valley
  2. David Silverman (The George Washington University)
    Firearms and Issue of Dependency in the History of North American Indians
  3. Ned Blackhawk (Yale University)
    The Overlapping Temporalities of Genocide and Settler Colonial Studies


6:45: Keynote

The Mexican Cultural Institute

2829 16th St NW, Washington, DC

Elizabeth Boone (Tulane University)
The dilemma of the gods and the familiarity of the kings: constructions of Aztec Identity in early colonial Mexico


Friday, April 10, 2015

307 Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21 St. NW


9-10:45: Entangled Perceptions 

Chair: Alejandro Cañeque (University of Maryland)

  1. Barbara Mundy (Fordham University)
    The smellscape of Mexico City: entangled perceptions of odors in the early modern capital
  2. Byron Hamann (Ohio State University)
    Las relaciones mediterratlánticas’: Epistolary archaeologies in the Iberian world, 1574-1586
  3. Dana Leibsohn (Smith College)
    Colonial/Cosmopolitan: Image-making and Indigeneity in Spanish America


2:15-4: 3:00: Entangled Spiritualties

Chair: Joan Bristol (George Mason University)

  1. Nancy Farriss (University of Pennsylvania)
    Whose Church?  The Indigenous Role in the Evangelization and cura de almasin Colonial Mexico
  2. James Maffie (University of Maryland)
    Double Mistaken Philosophical Identity in the Mexica-European Encounter
  3. Matt Cohen (University of Texas)
    Rethinking Reciprocity


4:15-6:00: Entangled Metropole

Chair: Jeffrey Cohen (George Washington University)

  1. Nancy van Deusen (Queen’s University)
    All the World in a Village: Indio Slaves in Sixteenth-Century Carmona, Spain and the Shaping of Indio Identities
  2. Coll Thrush (University of British Columbia)
    The Unhidden City: Episodes from Indigenous London
  3. Jace Weaver (University of Georgia)
    Interbraided Destinies: American Indigenes and the Making of Modern Europe


6:00: Reception

Gallery 102
 Smith Hall of Art, George Washington University

If you are planning on attending, RSVPs are requested.  Please REGISTER by sending an email to efeeney@historians.org or by clicking here.

The last day to RSVP is Wednesday, April 1st.

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