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The Franciscans in Mexico: Five Centuries of Cultural Influence

October 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am - October 14, 2017 @ 4:30 pm


October 13-14, 2017
Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C.
A Program of the Early Americas Working Group of Washington, D.C.

Generations of scholars have studied the multi-faceted experiences of the Franciscans in Mexico and the ways in which the Franciscan order shaped New Spain and the early Mexican republic. This conference examines the range of Franciscan influence and analyzes new scholarship that focuses on the multiple discourses with which friars engaged native peoples, creole populations, the vice-regal authorities, and other actors throughout the Spanish empire. The conference brings together junior and senior scholars to study the long Franciscan experience in Mexico on the eve of the commemoration of the quincentenary of the Spanish— and thus the Franciscan—presence in Mexico.

The conference further honors the work of the eminent historian Fr. Francisco Morales, OFM, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday in September 2017. Morales’s studies of theFranciscans in Mexico and his promotion of the field have encouraged the work of several generations of historians of colonial and nineteenth-century Mexico. With this in mind, our program includes scholars whose research applies the methodologies of linguistic, social, and cultural history to the study of Nahua-Franciscan relations. Morales was one of the pioneers of this interdisciplinary approach during his years as a scholar at the Academy of American Franciscan History and in subsequent years as director of the Biblioteca Franciscana in San Pedro Cholula, Mexico (the library is housed in the Convento de San Gabriel, one of the first Franciscan churches in Mexico).

More information, including a full schedule, can be found here.
All sessions are free of charge and open to the public.


October 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am
October 14, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
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Mexican Cultural Institute


Early Americas Working Group