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Mapping the Worlds of Sixteenth-Century Mexico

Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 5:00pm to Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 5:00pm

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

A rare mid sixteenth-century Mexican land map in the collection of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library provides the starting point for this Yale-sponsored symposium. Drawn by indigenous artists and probably commissioned by the Spanish colonial government, the map is one of the earliest depictions of New Spain. Symposium participants will treat a broad range of topics relevant to studies of the early colonial period in Central Mexico, including the changing politics of land usage, the role of women in society, and the place of religious institutions in the Nahua-Christian world. The symposium will also examine other related manuscripts from sixteenth-century Mexico and their social, cultural, and visual contexts.

 

Sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies of the Yale Center of International and Area Studies, and the Department of the History of Art, Yale University.

 

The conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. 

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required for planning purposes. Please use the online form to register for the conference.

 

Friday, September 15 - Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street

 

5:30 PM - Keynote Address

"The Friar and the Native Lord: What manuscript artifacts can tell us about the collaboration of their makers"
Rolena Adorno ( Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Spanish, Yale University )
Reception to follow.

 

Saturday, September 16 - Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street

Linsley-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, Room 101

 

8:30-9:00 - Coffee and Registration

 

9:00-10:30 - Early Morning Sessions

Welcome
Mary Miller ( History of Art, Yale University )

“The Beinecke Map”
Dennis Carr ( History of Art, Yale University )

“The Story within the Beinecke Map”
Pablo Escalante and Saeko Yanaguisawa
( Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México )

 

10:30-10:45 - Break

 

10:45-12:00 - Late Morning Sessions

“Invoking Authority on Colonial Mexican Maps”
Barbara Mundy ( Art History, Fordham University )

“The Sixteenth-Century Land Claims of the Royal House of Tenochtitlan:
A Comparative Study of the Plano Parcial de la Ciudad de México and the Beinecke Map”
María Castañeda de la Paz
( Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México )

Discussion, to take place with projected images and drawings of the Beinecke Map
Moderated by Gordon Whittaker
( Seminar für Romanische Philologie, Göttingen University )

 

12:00-1:30 - Lunch

 

1:30-3:00 - Early Afternoon Sessions

“Tributary Art and Subversion in the Mapa de Santa Cruz”
Matthew H. Robb ( History of Art, Yale University )

"The Early Church and Early Churches in Colonial Mexico: Function and Symbol"
Jaime Lara ( Yale University Divinity School and Yale Institute for Sacred Music )

"Everywhere in this New Spain: Extension and Articulation of an Artistic World"
Alessandra Russo
(Centre de Recherches sur les Mondes Américains, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)

 

3:00-3:15 - Break

 

3:15-4:45 - Late Afternoon Sessions

"Tollan in Memoriam: Reconstructing the Glyphs in a Missing Sixteenth-Century Pictorial Manuscript"
Gordon Whittaker ( Seminar für Romanische Philologie, Göttingen University )

“Who was Malinche?”
Mary Miller ( History of Art, Yale University )

“Painting the Conquest–Tracing a New Earth: The Hidden Structure of the Book of the Conquest in the Florentine Codex”
Diana Magaloni
( Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ) 

Conference

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