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The Department and Spanish and Portuguese held yet another successful event at the University of Maryland! There was a great turnout for this interdisciplinary event that featured two presentations by Dr. Valeria Añón of the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Dr. Barbara Mundy of Fordham Unviersity.


Colonial Latin American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

Valeria Añón, Associate Professor of Latin American Literature at the Universidad de Buenos Aires gave a talk entitled, “Rhetoric of Silence and Deviation: Women Cronistas in Colonial Latin America” that focused on women-cronistas in 16th century Colonial Latin American Chronicles through legal and historical discourses in letters, “peticiones,” and “probanzas” in order to analyze the rhetoric of “silence,” of “neglect and claim,” and of “deviation.” In addition to editing multiple books, Valeria Añón is the author of La palabra despierta: Tramas de identidad y usos del pasado en crónicas de la conquista de México, el libro XII de Fray Bernadino de SahagÎn (2016). She is currently a Fulbright Fellow at UCLA.


Barbara Mundy, Professor of Art History at Fordham University gave a talk entitled, “The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan (Or How One of the World’s Largest Cities Was Erased From the Map of History)” in which she looked at the ecology and ritual life of Aztec Tenochtitlán and demonstrated the historiographic erasure of the city to be a fiction through maps and manuscripts. Barbara Mundy is the author of the award-winning book, The Mapping of New Spain (1996), and more recently, The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City (2015). She is also creator of Vistas, Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820 with Dana Leibsohn, a digital humanities project online and on DVD. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.


Thank you to Dr. Añón and Dr. Mundy as well as all of our sponsors, organizers, and attendants! 


This event was sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, SLLC, the Miller Center for Historical Studies, the Graduate School Committee in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and LASC.