UCLA Conference: Iberian Globalization of Early Modern World, Oct 25, 2013

Iberian Globalization of the Early Modern World
Session 1: Contested Cultures of the Sacred
A core program conference at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
—organized by Anna More (UCLA/Universidade de Brasília) and Ivonne del Valle (UC Berkeley)
Friday, October 25, 2013  Core ProgramIberian imperialism was one of the first attempts to link the globe through supposedly universal values, in this case derived from Christianity. Yet Spanish and Portuguese monarchies strove to achieve this global reach with technological, scientific, and juridical practices that accompanied and at times competed with their evangelical pursuits. These attempts to overhaul vast cultural territories between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries resulted in a variety of consequences and responses, from absolute upheavals, to compromises and new syntheses. The purpose of this core program is to examine the radical changes that Iberian empires brought to areas such as land tenure, technological practices, racial classifications, and cultural expression in light of the deep histories of the indigenous, African, and Asian regions they affected. Through this investigation, we wish to arrive at a more precise concept of globalization in its early modern guise.

Session 1—Contested Cultures of the Sacred

This conference will address the role of religion in the transformation of pre-Hispanic, African and Asian worlds into Westernized milieus. It will address Christianity not as dogma but as a flexible corpus of ideas and practices engaged by the different local populations in novel ways. Sessions may investigate the relationship between religion and the arts (theater, painting, music) as a source of popular culture that remains significant even now. Likewise, since evangelization had the double task of Christianizing and civilizing the native populations, another field covered will be the impact of religion, both Christian and native, in a variety of non-religious practices and institutions such as knowledge production, the university, and politics. Through these themes, the conference will question the sharp divide between a religious and a secular base for modern societies.

–Registration form
Registration Deadline: October 22, 2013Please click here for a printable registration form.

Registration Fees: $20 per person; All students, Affiliated Faculty, UC faculty and staff: no charge*

All students, Affiliated Faculty, UC faculty and staff may register via e-mail by sending their name, affiliation and phone number to

*Students should be prepared to provide their current University ID at the conference.

Complimentary lunch and other refreshments are provided to all registrants.

Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. Confirmation will be sent via email.

October 25
9:00 a.m. Morning Coffee and Registration
9:30 a.m. Gerald Cloud, Clark Library, University of California, Los Angeles
WelcomeAnna More, Universidade de Brasília/University of California, Los Angeles and   Ivonne del Valle, University of California, Berkeley
Opening Remarks

Session 1: The Force of Transformation
Chair: Maria Elena Martinez, University of Southern California

Pablo Escalante Gonzalbo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
The Concept of Sacrifice in the Process of Building a Syncretic Liturgy: Art and Religion in the Pueblos de Indios of Sixteenth Century New Spain

José Rabasa, Harvard University
Experience and Expression of Ethnosuicide in the “Cantares Mexicanos”

Jody Blanco, University of California, San Diego
Our Lady of Anarchy: Iconography as Law on the Frontiers of the Spanish Empire

11:45 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Session 2: Ways of Proceeding
Chair: Kevin Terraciano, University of California, Los AngelesDaniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California
Amerindian Knowledge and Belief in Sixteenth-Century Codices

Louise M. Burkhart, University at Albany, State University of New York
Seizing a Global Doctrine:  Indigenous Catechetical Images and Practices in New Spain

Charlene Villaseñor Black, University of California, Los Angeles
Suffering and Sacred Cults in the Iberian World, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries

3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
3:15 p.m. Session 3: Institutional Affirmations
Chair: Andrew Devereux, Loyola Marymount UniversityKristin Huffine, University of Northern Illinois
De scientia sacerdoti necessaria: Religious Knowledge and Indigenous Cultural Reform in the Writings of José de Acosta

Bruno Feitler, Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Iberian Inquisitions and Colonial Expansion

Kenneth Mills, University of Toronto
Universal Enterprise and Particular Initiative: The Journey of Diego de Ocaña, O.S.H., 1599–1608

5:15 p.m. Reception

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