11 Apr 2017 - 12 Apr 2017 All day Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT


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Jenny Mander (University of Cambridge)

David Midgley (University of Cambridge)

Maya Feile Tomes (University of Cambridge)



The discovery of the ‘New World’ is one of the standard reference points for defining ‘modernity’ from a European perspective. It is also a historical event that has had manifest repercussions for the interaction of human cultures around the globe. This symposium will provide the opportunity for a comparative inquiry into the ways in which key aspects of the conquest and colonisation of Latin America by Europeans have been represented and transmitted in writing, in visual culture, and in performance culture down the centuries and across a range of national cultures.

Two keynote speakers will provide the symposium with perspectives that run beyond the European. Dr Stefanie Gänger (Assistant Professor at Cologne University) is the author of Relics of the Past. The Collecting and Studying of Pre-Columbian Antiquities in Peru and Chile, 1837–1911 (2014), and she will be speaking on the historical constraints on understanding the native cultures of Latin America through archaeology and ethnography. Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha (Rio de Janeiro) is President of the Brazilian Association of Comparative Literature. His latest book is Shakespearean Cultures. The Challenge of Mimesis (forthcoming 2017), and he will speak on the role that reflections of European traditions have played within the development of Latin American cultures.




Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the Modern Humanities Research Association, and the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. 


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Day 1 - Tuesday 11 April
9.00 - 9.30


9.30 - 9.45

Welcome & Introductory Remarks

9.45 - 11.15

Session 1: Cultural Memory

Moderator: Jenny Mander (University of Cambridge)


Andrés Bustamante (University of Cambridge)

'American Aztlán: Cultural Memory After the Mexican-American War'


Eduardo Corredera (University of Cambridge)

'The Indians of Europe in Sierra Morena: reputation, emulation and colonisation in the Spanish Enlightenment'


Leslie Nancy Hernández Nova (Research Associate, ERC project 'Bodies Across Borders', European University Institute)

'The reminiscences of the conquest in the cultural memory of Peruvian migration in Europe (Sweden, Italy and Spain): oral and visual memory'

11.15 - 11.45

Tea & Coffee Break

11.45 - 13.15

Session 2: Politics of Landscape

Moderator: Charles Jones (University of Cambridge)


Bas Gooijer (University of Groningen)

'Tierra del Fuego: outside the New World, inside Latin America'


Chiara Pagnotta (University of Barcelona)

'Representations of the Ecuadorian East in the late 19th and early 20th centuries'


Ana Pulido-Rull (University of Arkansas)

'Native artists and the defence of territory in 16th-century New Spain'

13.15 - 14.15


14.15 - 16.15

Session 3: Material Culture

Moderator: Jenny Mander (University of Cambridge)


Beatriz Marín-Aguilera (University of Cambridge), in collaboration with Leonor Adán and Simón Urbina

'Archaeology and otherness discourses: the colonial landscape of Valdivia between the 16th and 18th centuries'


Christine D. Beaule (University of Hawaii)

'Qeros, unkus, and the impact of Inka and Spanish conquest on material culture in settler colonial states'


Callie Vandewiele (University of Cambridge)

'Our Grandmother's looms: Q'eqchi' weavers, museum textiles and the repatriation of lost knowledge'


Joanna Ostapkowicz (University of Oxford)

'Integrating the Old World into the New: Europe within an indigenous Caribbean perspective'

16.15 - 16.45

Tea & Coffee Break

16.45 - 17.45

Keynote Lecture

Moderator: David Midgley (University of Cambridge)


Stefanie Gänger (University of Cologne)

'A thing of the past. Representation, material culture and Indigeneity in post-conquest Andean South America'


Reception in St John’s College, Fisher Building Foyer

Day 2 - Wednesday 12 April
9.00 - 10.30

Session 4: Cultural Refashioning

Moderator: Maite Conde (University of Cambridge)


Angela Sanders (Université de Neuchâtel)

'Migration and the making of Andean Switzerland'


Diego Stefanelli (University of Pavia)

'Between science and immigration: representations of South America by Italian scientists at the end of the 19th century'


Jack Webb (University of London)

'The mechanics of silencing: British interpretations of the Haitian Empire'

10.30 - 11.00

Tea & Coffee Break

11.00 - 13.00

Session 5: Cultural (Con)fusions

Moderator: Maya Feile Tomes (University of Cambridge)


Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar Sáenz (University of Stirling)

'The con/fusion of Andean and Christian concepts'


David Tavárez (Vassar College)

'Refashioning indigenous humanism in colonial Mexico'


Joanne van der Woude (University of Groningen)

'Classical translation in the colonies: challenging imperialism through poetry'


Connie Bloomfield (University of Cambridge)

'Classical reception in northeast-Brazilian popular poetry'

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.30

Session 6: African Dimensions

Moderator: Brad Epps (University of Cambridge)


Lucy Foster (University of Cambridge)

'Afro-Mexican communities of coastal Mexico and creative attempts at the recuperation of an alternative national narrative'


Miguel A. Valerio (Ohio State University)

'Native American visions of “black conquistadors” in Mesoamerican codices'


Leo J. Garofalo (Connecticut College)

'Afro-Iberians in the conquest and colonization and black space production in Andean Societies'

15.30 - 15.45

Tea & Coffee Break

15.45 - 17.15

Session 7 – Utopias

Moderator: Sara Delmedico (University of Cambridge)


Julia McClure (University of Warwick)

'The utopia of poverty'


Jane Campbell (University of Exeter)

'Sir Balthazar Gerbier’s utopian dreams of the New World'


Fabrizio Melai (University of Pisa) 

'The impossible dialogue between Plato and Epicurus: José Manuel Peramás's Commentarius on Paraguayan Missions'

17.15 - 17.30

Short Break

17.30 - 18.30

Keynote Lecture

Moderator: Maya Feile Tomes (University of Cambridge)


João Cezar de Castro Rocha (Rio de Janeiro State University)

'The aemulatio model in Latin American cultures: literary and visual representations and their relation to European antecedents'

18.30 - 19.00

Closing Discussion

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