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May
23
2022

Daniela Bleichmar - "Indigenous Knowledge and the Limits of Translation: Mexican Native Manuscripts in Early Modern Europe"

When: Monday, May 23, 2022
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Central

Where: Kresge Hall, Trienens Forum - Room 1-515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

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

Cost: FREE

Contact: Janet Hundrieser   (847) 491-3525

Group: Science in Human Culture Program - Klopsteg Lecture Series

Co-Sponsor: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

Speaker

Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California

Title

"Indigenous Knowledge and the Limits of Translation: Mexican Native Manuscripts in Early Modern Europe"

Abstract

This talk discusses the production, circulation, and reception of Mexican indigenous knowledge in early modern Europe. In the decades following the 1521 fall of the Aztec empire, indigenous authors created manuscripts that present native knowledge of the natural world, the divine, medicine, geography, economics, history, and social customs. These documents, often made for export to Europe, combine indigenous and European practices and perspectives. Although many of these works circulated through imperial and scholarly networks, their reception often reached interpretive dead ends. The talk addresses questions of materiality, mobility, and the possibilities and limits of translation and interpretation on both sides of the Atlantic. It follows indigenous manuscripts in movement and stasis, as knowledge inscriptions and as potential sources for knowledge production, to consider the flow and friction of Mesoamerican indigenous objects and practices in the early modern world.

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