Maria Elena Bedoya Hidalgo (Manchester): 'Naming the past: On antiquities, collecting practices and musealization in the Andes, 1892-1915'
|Dates:||15 December 2021|
|Times:||17:00 - 18:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Speaker:||Maria Elena Bedoya Hidalgo|
Part of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies research seminar series 2020/21.
This event will be online via Zoom. Here is the link: https://zoom.us/j/94462492930
Abstract: In this talk I discuss some aspects of the research presented in my book Antigüedades y nación. Coleccionismo de objetos precolombinos y musealización en los Andes, 1892-1915 (Antiquities and nation. Collecting pre-Columbian objects and musealization in the Andes, 1892-1915). I am interested in the process of construction of a specialized knowledge about the past and its objects, promoted by intellectual-collectors in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia.
First, I will analyze how indigenous antiquities were valued as diplomatic transactions articulated to a Hispanist ideology. The Madrid Exhibition of 1892 was a transatlantic event that constructed a pan-Hispanic, masculine and colonial gaze, which is a musealized historical fact in itself. Secondly, I focus on the processes of musealization as forms of public projection of national material imaginaries. In this sense, I study the administrative forms in museums and the disputes over pre-Columbian objects that arise in the management of collections.
Maria Elena Bedoya Hidalgo
Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Organisation: The University of Manchester
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