2017 Meeting

The Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America will host its annual meeting in lovely San Diego at the University of California, San Diego from October 5-7, 2017.

Southwest Seminar 2017 Poster September17


Itinerary of Public Events

Thursday, 5-October

6:00 – 8:30                  Seminar Talk: How Do We Commemorate First Contacts in the Americas? From Indigenous Peoples to Columbus and Cabrillo

Speakers:  Kevin Terraciano (UC Los Angeles)

Raymond Ashley (President, San Diego Maritime Museum)

Frank J. Salazar (Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Cultural Collections and Program Manager/Native American Intern Program Director)

Location:       Hojel Auditorium of the Americas


Friday, 6-October     Seuss Room, Geisel Library

9:00 – 9:30                  Welcome and Introductions

9:30 – 10:25                Marcy Norton, “”The Quetzal and The Ornithology of Francis Willughby: Microhistory, Mesoamerican Knowledge and Early Modern Natural History”

Alex Hidalgo, Discussant

10:25 – 10:45             Break

10:45 – 11:40              Mark Dries, “The Indios Mineros of Colonial Huancavelica: Collaboration and Resistance in Peru’s Most Infamous Mine

José Carlos de la Puente, Discussant

11:40 – 12:00              Special Collections Presentation, Lynda Classen

12:00: 1:30                  Lunch at UCSD Faculty Club 

1:30 – 2:25                 Christina Villarreal, “Compromised Integrity: Slavery and Indigenous Communities in New Spain’s Northern Borderland”

Jay Harrison, Discussant

2:25 – 3:20                 Zeb Tortorici, “Abortion, Infanticide, and Miscarriage in New Spain”

Martha Few, Discussant

3:20 – 3:40                  Break

3:45 – 4:35                 Shawn Michael Austin, “Resplendent Prophets: Guaraní Resistance to Colonial Rule”

Mark Lentz, Discussant

4:35 – 5:30                  Ananda Cohen-Aponte, “Insurgent Imaginaries: Visual Culture and Anticolonial Movements in South America, 1750-1800”

Juliet Wiersema, Discussant


Saturday, 7-October

Seuss Room, UC San Diego Geisel Library

9:00 – 9:50                  Mackenzie Cooley, “The Ancient Giants of America: Extermination, Inheritance, and the History of Nature”

Ryan Kashanipour, Discussant

9:50 – 10:40                Kevin Terraciano, “The Politics of Translation: Book XII of the Florentine Codex”

Kevin Gosner, Discussant

10:40 – 11:00              Break

11:00 – 11:50              Daniel Santana, “Indigenous Masculinities in the Tarascan Borderlands during the Early Colonial Period”

Jody Blanco, Discussant

11:50 – 1:00                Special Collection’s Hosted Lunch: Seuss Room

1:00 – 1:50                  Santiago Muñoz, “En la Frontera de los Pijaos: The Making of an Andean Borderland in Northern South America”

Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez, Discussant

1:50 – 2:40                  Matthew Vitz, “The Tropical Coasts of New Spain: From Colonial Space to Post-Colonial Development”

Ignacio Martínez, Discussant

2:40 – 3:00                  Break

3:00 – 4:00                  General Comments: Eric Van Young

Group Discussion




The seminar is open to scholars and interested members of the academic community.

UC San Diego community: All talks are free and open to students, staff, faculty, and the general public. Meals and receptions are by invitation only.

Non-UCSD participants: To cover the meeting costs, the registration costs will be $50 for basic participation or $120 with meals (alcohol not included).

Please register before Friday, September 22, 2017. To register, please visit https://thesouthwestseminar.org/annual-meeting/registration/


Conference Accommodations 

Sheraton La Jolla Hotel
Address: 3299 Holiday Ct, La Jolla, CA
Phone: 858-452-4012
Contact: Mark Kuper, mkuper@sheratonlj.com

San Diego Marriott La Jolla
Address: 4240 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA
Phone: +1 858-587-1414

Residence Inn by Marriott, San Diego La Jolla
Address: 8901 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA
Phone: +1 858-587-1770

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Address: 9700 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA
Phone: +1 855-430-7503