The Southwest Seminar


The Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America is pleased to announce a new book series in partnership with with Routledge Press called New Colonial Histories of Latin America.  The series will showcase innovative and original scholarship on Spanish and Portuguese colonial history, from forward-thinking approaches to transregional and transcontinental comparisons to novel empirical studies of local history.  Seminar participants, along with scholars of all ranks and backgrounds, are invited to submit proposals for monographs or edited volumes. For inquiries and information, please contact the co-editors Martha Few, Kevin Gosner, and Ryan Kashanipour.

2019 Meeting 

This year’s meeting will be hosted by the University of Arizona and take place in the Old Pueblo, Tucson, Arizona. We are honored to have Dr. Yanna Yannakakis of Emory University serving as our invited discussant. Details on logistics and other events will be posted soon!

We are currently inviting participants. Please see the Call for Papers for details on presenting and participating. For more information or questions about participation, contact the local host, Kevin Gosner, (, and seminar organizer, R.A. Kashanipour (


The Southwest Seminar is a consortium of scholars and institutions dedicated to the study of colonial Latin America, with particular interests in innovative research on identity, labor, power, knowledge production, and violence. The seminar aims to foster collegial and convivial interactions among scholars of all levels generating new research and innovative approaches. The annual seminar meetings rotate each year among institutions in the American Southwest.

At the heart of the consortium is the annual two-day seminar that brings together ten scholars to present new scholarship and works in progress. The seminar is open to faculty, independent scholars, and advanced graduate students interested in colonial Latin America. The two-day meeting serves as a space to workshop ideas and drafts of larger projects among a diverse collection of colonial Latin Americanists. Each participant will present a pre-circulated, article-length work in progress and serve as the primary commentator for another participant’s paper. A leading, senior scholar will moderate and guide discussions through the two-day seminar.

With the support of the nine member institutions, the Southwest Seminar will cover the costs of housing, meals, and events for those selected to participate.  For more information, please contact R.A. Kashanipour at or