David C. Driskell Center

The Body and the Body Politic in Latin America
April 18-19, 2003


Description | Conference Program | Visitor Information


The inscription of social constructions of gender and race of the human body is a critical theme for the history of the Americas as a region of European colonization of non-European peoples and of multi-ethnic, multi-racial social formations whose diversity has been a major issue in debates over rights, citizenship, and national identity.

The Body and the Body Politic in Latin America is two-day conference that addresses issues of the body and body politic in colonial and post-colonial Latin America. Six distinguished invited scholars will explore the inscription of the social constructions of race, gender, and ethnicity on the human body and their dynamic intersection with constructions of the body politic. Their papers will be commented upon by University of Maryland and Washington area university faculty. The conference will interest students, faculty and the general public interested in history, the African Diaspora, Native Americans, gender and women’s studies, Latin American and American Studies.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Historical Studies, the David C Driskell Center, and the Latin American Studies Center

The conference is free and open to the public.

All sessions held at Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall

Conference Program

Panel One: Body Rules: Race, Gender and Ethnicity In Colonial Latin America
Friday, April 18, 1:00-3:00pm

Irene Silverblatt, Duke University

“Stains and State: Spanish Cultural Politics and the Inquisition in Seventeenth Century Peru”

Laura Lewis, James Madison University

“Transgressive Bodies in Colonial Mexico: Metaphor of Metamorphosis?”

Eyda Merediz, University of Maryland
Clare Lyons, University of Maryland

Panel Two: Embodying Citizens and Criminals in Early Twentieth Century Latin America
Friday, April 18, 3:30-5:00pm

Olivia Maria Gomes da Cunha, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

“The City of Children: Innocent Bodies, Criminal Minds”

Alejandra Bronfman, Yale University

“Mismeasured Women: Gender and Social Science on the Eve of Female Suffrage in Cuba”

Elsa Barkley Brown, University of Maryland
Eileen Findlay, American University

Panel Three: Normal and Deviant Bodies in Latin American Nation-Building
Saturday, April 19, 9:00-11:00am

James Green, California State University-Long Beach

“Homosexuality, Eugenics, and Race: Controlling and Curing “Inverts” in Rio de Janeiro, 1920-1950”

Anne Rubenstein, York University

“The Body Politic at the Movies: Spectacular Behavior and the Post-Revolutionary State in Urban Mexico, 1920-36”

Daryle Williams, University of Maryland
Jessica Shubow, University of Maryland, Center for Historical Studies

Summary Session
Saturday, April 19, 11:30am-1:00pm

Barbara Weinstein. University of Maryland
Mary Kay Vaughan, University of Maryland
Micol Seigel, University of Maryland, Driskell Center

Visitor Information

The conference is free and open to the public.