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Release: Nov. 12, 2002
Latin American historian to speak at UI Nov. 20
University of Iowa 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium's lecture
series, "European Empires," begins Wednesday, Nov. 20 with a presentation
by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, assistant professor of history at the
State University of New York at Buffalo. His lecture, "Whose Centers?
Whose Peripheries? How to Write the History of the New World in the Eighteenth-Century
Atlantic," begins at 7 p.m. in the Gerber Lounge, room 304 English-Philosophy
Building. It is free and open to the public.
A scholar of Latin American history, Cañizares-Esguerra wrote "How
to Write the History of the New World: Histories, Epistemologies, and Identities
in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World," (Stanford University Press,
2002), which examines lively debates among early historians, naturalists and
moral philosophers (including Thomas Jefferson) from Europe and the Americas
over the formation of the "New World" that now forms Central and
South America. It demonstrates how historical narratives and institutions
created specific identities in Spain and Spanish America.
The book won such prestigious awards as The American Historical Association
Prize in Atlantic History and the John Edwin Fagg Prize for Best Publication
in the History of Spain and Latin America. His next book is tentatively titled
"Nation and Nature: Nature Narratives and Identities in Latin American
His lecture is co-sponsored by UI International Programs, Spanish and Portuguese
and Latin American studies. For more information, contact Teresa Mangum, English,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Eileen Willingham, Spanish and Portuguese, email@example.com.
The European Empires lecture series will continue through the spring semester
with at least three additional speakers. Priya Joshi, an English professor
at Washington University will speak about Victorian British literature in
India. Todd Porterfield, an art historian from the University of Montreal,
will speak on, "The Allure of Empire: Art in the Service of French Imperialism
1798-1836." Wendy Heller, a music professor at Princeton University will
speak about "Opera and the Roman Empire." Dates and times will be
The 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium is an interdisciplinary
group at the UI whose goal is to foster connections among scholars whose work
focuses on the 18th and 19th centuries. Organizers include College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences faculty members in art and art history, English, French,
music and theater.