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Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Sponsors Symposium

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Experts on colonial Latin America will converge at the University of Kansas for a symposium, Ideology vs. Practice in the Early Modern Iberian World.

The symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, February 28, at The Commons in Spooner Hall. A welcoming reception will be held Thursday, February 27 at 3:30 in the Spencer Research Library.

KU faculty from the interdisciplinary research cluster on Early Modern Globalizations in the Iberian World and distinguished visitors will share current research focusing on colonial Latin America

Organizers of the conference are Santa Arias, associate professor of Spanish; Robert Schwaller, assistant professor of history. Also on the research cluster committee are Luis Corteguera, professor of history; Gregory Cushman, associate professor of history; Patricia Manning, associate professor of Spanish and Marta Vicente, associate professor of history. Stephanie Stillo, a PhD candidate in the department of history, will also participate in the panel discussions.

Through this conference, participants will explore colonialism in Latin America in a regional context, moving beyond the limitations of research based in single countries and the perspectives of single disciplines.

In addition to the participants from KU, invited scholars will participate in panel presentations and discussions:

  • Hugh Cagle, University of Utah  
  • Louise Cole, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • Kris Lane, Tulane University
  • Kathryn McKnight, University of New Mexico
  • Mariselle Meléndez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Patrick O'Banion, Lindenwood University
  • Luis Fernenado Restrepo, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • John Schwaller, SUNY, Albany
  • Natalia Silva Prada, Library of Congress Hispanic Division

The symposium responds to the university’s strategic theme Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities and was organized with support of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, a comprehensive National Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the university. CLACS coordinates and supports interdisciplinary research and teaching about the Americas on the KU campus and conducts educational outreach to teachers and communities throughout the Great Plains and the nation.

Symposium program is below:

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