Material Histories of Latin America

Apr 2, 2021, 12:00 pm12:00 pm
Event Description

There has an explosion of research on the historical archaeology of Latin America over the past twenty years, particularly focused upon the continuities and transformations of the early colonial period.  Yet much of this work has remained siloed deep within specific sub-disciplinary forums. In this symposium, we explore how the rubric of 'material histories' might offer new common ground between archaeologists and historians within the broader turns in Latin American studies towards non-traditional archives. How do these emergent ‘material histories’ articulate with ongoing discussions across the social sciences and the humanities concerning the material, the environmental, and the animal?  And how might the studies of these new ‘archives’ engage with forms of history-telling that stretch beyond the academy? 


Maria Fernanda Boza Cuadros, Museum am Rothenbaum - Cultures and Arts of the World, Hamburg

Tiffany C. Fryer, Society of Fellows & Anthropology, Princeton

Sarah Kennedy, Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh 

Guido Pezzarossi, Anthropology, Syracuse University

Javier Puente, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Smith

Doug Smit, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Brendan Weaver, Archaeology Center, Stanford University

Vera Candiani (discussant), History, Princeton

Noa Corcoran-Tadd (organizer and discussant), PLAS, Princeton

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This event is free and open to the public. A Zoom registration link will be available soon.


  • Program in Latin American Studies
  • Center for Collaborative History
  • Program in Archaeology
  • Humanities Council