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Writing in the Land of Knots: Indigenous Writers in Colonial Peru

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When: Friday, May 4, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: 1902 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Iszy Licht   847.467.2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


The European technology of alphabetic writing was introduced in Spanish America as part of the process of Catholic evangelization and Spanish colonization. Framed in European sources as a marker of civilization, writing, however, had some serious competition in the complex mediascape that characterized the viceroyalty of Peru. Prof. Laura Leon Llerena (Colonial Latin American Studies) offers a reframing and re-telling of the history of writing in colonial Peru that discusses the social role that the European mode of communication acquired for indigenous peoples who ‘failed to marvel’ (Seed 1991) at alphabetic writing.

The Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium brings together an interdisciplinary audience to build awareness of global research on campus. This series promotes dialogue on scholarship and develops a deeper sense of community among Buffett Institute affiliates. Each meeting lasts one hour; lunch is provided. Due to space constraints, we will not admit attendees once the space reaches capacity.

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