|Iberian Globalization of the Early Modern World
Session 2, Instrumental Transformations: Technology, Labor, Nature
|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, February 28, 2014||Core Program
Iberian 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 2—Instrumental Transformations: Technology, Labor, Nature
While often supposedly a neutral instrument for gathering knowledge or transforming nature, technology, understood broadly as an instrumental practice toward a material end, had an enormous impact on the creation of a colonial world. Mining, cattle, agriculture, urbanism itself, radically transformed not only the environment of the newly acquired territories, but through this, the relationships of people to their surroundings, their practices and to themselves. Furthermore, the labor required for new endeavors such as mining, pearl diving, and textile production was frequently secured by the forced relocation of local or external populations, and therefore the uprooting of cultural practices, including technological and scientific, that had preceded the colonial ones. Drawing on new work in history of science, labor and cultural studies, panels will address the material effects, both designed and unintended, of technological practices in the Iberian empires.
–Online Registration Form
|Registration Deadline: February 25, 2014
*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.
|9:00 a.m.||Morning Coffee and Registration|
|9:30 a.m.||Barbara Fuchs, Clark Library, University of California, Los Angeles
Anna More, Universidade de Brasília/University of California, Los Angeles and Ivonne del Valle, University of California, Berkeley
Session 1: Value, Geography and Natural Law
María Elena Díaz, University of California, Santa Cruz
Patricia Seed, University of California, Irvine
Orlando Bentancor, Barnard College
|1:15 p.m.||Session 2: Racial and Civic Economies
Chair: Alex Borucki, University of California, Irvine
Stella Nair, University of California, Los Angeles
Rachel Sarah O’Toole, University of California, Irvine
Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, Université Paris-Sorbonne
|3:15 p.m.||Coffee Break|
|3:30 p.m.||Session 3: Governing Technologies
Chair: Marcelo Aranda, Stanford University
Nicolas Wey-Gomez, California Institute of Technology
Antonio Barrera-Osorio, Colgate University
Juan Pimentel, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas