Americas Before 1900


Theodore de Bry/Girolamo Benzoni, America Sive Novus Orbis Respectu Europaeorum Inferior Globi Terrestris (Frankfurt, 1596)

The Americas Before 1900 Working Group fosters comparative and transnational approaches to the cultures and histories of the early Americas in both research and teaching. Conceptualizing connections across the hemisphere’s cultures and languages is especially crucial for understanding the kinds of colonial encounters and transitions to modernity that proliferate from the pre-Columbian era to the advent of industrialization.

We bring historians, art historians and literary scholars of both Latin America and Anglo-America together to discuss hemispheric questions such as how narratives across cultures address the legacy of slavery; how colonial encounters influence modern forms of jurisprudence; and how systems of quantification develop across different imperial spaces.  Since the group's launching in Spring 2013, we have addressed these and other questions in the effort to foster ongoing dialogue about the interconnectedness of the Americas to each other and the rest of the globe.    

Interested participants should contact coordinators Molly Farrell (English) or Lisa Voigt (Spanish and Portuguese) about becoming involved.

Spring 2017 Calendar

All our events will take place on Fridays from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Hagerty Hall 255 - There will be food and refreshments 

  • February 17 – Dr. Anna More (University of Brasilia)  “Jesuit Networks and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: Alonso de Sandoval's Naturaleza, policía sagrada y profana (1627)”
  • February 24 – Dr. Kelly Wisecup (Northwestern University) “Reimagining the Early American Archive: Vocabulary Lists, Ethnography, and Histories of Colonial Encounter” 
  • March 10 - Miguel Valerio (The Ohio State University) “Cosa mui corriente y mui husada en esta ciudad: Afro-Mexican Confraternities and Black Pageantry in Viceregal Mexico City”
  • March 24 – Fernando Lima e Morato (The Ohio State University) “A Master in the Periphery of Arcadia: The Poetic Works of Manuel Inácio da SIlva Alvarenga in the Eighteenth-Century Portuguese Empire” 
  • April 7 – Dr. Alcira Dueñas (The Ohio State University)  “Crafting ‘khipus de papel’: The Making of the Colonial Indigenous Archive in the Andes” 
  • April 14 – Dr. Margaret Newell (The Ohio State University) Discussion of her book: Brethren by Nature. New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery (Cornell University Press, 2015)