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Southwest Seminar

The Southwest Seminar is a consortium of scholars 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.

The Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America hosted its annual meeting in San Diego at the University of California San Diego from October 5-7, 2017. The seminar brought together eleven noteworthy colonial Latin Americanists of all ranks who presented and commented on new scholarship on a variety of topics, including works on historical ethnolinguistics, natural history, history of science, gender and masculinity, resistance movements, and slavery and indigenous communities. Renowned colonialist Emeritus Professor, Eric Van Young, served as the general discussant and commentator. The meeting schedule and information is available at

In advance of Indigenous Peoples Day, the seminar began with a Challenging Conversation Series talk called “How Do We Commemorate First Contacts in the Americas? From Indigenous Peoples to Columbus and Cabrillo” with Kevin Terraciano, Raymond Ashley, and Frank Salazar.


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