Allison Bigelow (University of Virginia): From Archive to Main Street: How Colonial Latin Americanists Can Redefine Our Field and Remake Community Landscapes
|Dates:||7 December 2022|
|Times:||17:00 - 18:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
Part of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies research seminar series.
This event will be online: https://zoom.us/j/95860231166
Abstract: Year after year, we read reports from news media and professional organizations declaring the death of the humanities, bemoaning our lack of relevance to students, and decrying our inability to contribute to the world's most pressing problems. This talk offers a counterpoint to those reports. Last year, I co-chaired a committee that removed a racist statue from the campus of the University of Virginia for the first time in the institution's 200-year history. In this talk, I explain how my committee drew from methods that I developed in my book, Mining Language: Racial Thinking, Indigenous Knowledge, and Colonial Metallurgy in the Iberian World, to research affected Indigenous Nations and engage in a four-month process of Tribal consultation on the statue and institutional reforms following its removal. This talk thus suggests how Latin Americanists can use our interdisciplinary training across historical periods to contribute to community-centered problem solving today.
Role: Tom Scully Discovery Chair Associate Professor of Spanish
Organisation: University of Virginia
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