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Early Americas Seminar

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Map of America by  Sebastian Munster
Map of America by Sebastian Munster

About this Series

The Early Americas Seminar aims to highlight ongoing scholarship on the intertwined histories and cultures of the Americas from the late-fifteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. The Seminar brings in four speakers a year, from different fields and specializations, but all committed to making comparisons or finding connections between the early Americas' diverse societies.

Please note: all lectures are open to the public, but we ask that you register for the seminar discussions using the form below.



The Pueblo Revolt: A Great Slave Rebellion?

Andrés Reséndez, University of California, Davis

Monday, October 16, 2017
5:00–6:30 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Seminar Discussion: Indians and Slavery

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
12:00–1:30 p.m.
Stokes Hall, S376



The Alchemy of Conversion: From Ramón Llull to José de Acosta

Ralph Bauer, University of Maryland

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Higgins Hall, Room 225

Seminar Discussion: Religion and Science

Thursday, November 9, 2017
12:00–1:30 p.m.
10 Stone Ave, Room 201



Earthquake Aesthetics

Anna Brickhouse, University of Virginia

Monday, March 12, 2018
5:00–6:30 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Seminar Discussion: Early American Environments

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
12:00–1:30 p.m.
Stokes Hall, S376



Spaces of Property in Colonial North America

Allan Greer, McGill University

Thursday, April 26, 2018
5:00–6:30 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Seminar Discussion: Land

Friday, April 27, 2018
12:00–1:30 p.m.
10 Stone Ave, Room 201

Andrés Reséndez grew up in Mexico City where he received his BA in International Relations and briefly went into politics and served as a consultant for historical soap operas.  He got his PhD in History at the University of Chicago and has taught at Yale, the University of Helsinki, and at the University of California, Davis where he is currently a history professor.  His books includeChanging National Identities at the Frontier (Cambridge University Press, 2005), A Land So Strange (Basic Books, 2007), and The Other Slavery (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016).


Ralph Bauer is an associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests include the literatures and cultures of the colonial Americas, early modern studies, hemispheric studies, and the history of science.  His publications include The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: empire, travel, modernity (Cambridge UP 2003, 2008); An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru (U Colorado P, 2005); (co-edited with José Antonio Mazzotti) Creole Subjects in the colonial Americas: empires, texts, identities (UNC  P, 2009); (co-edited with Marcy Norton), Entangled Trajectories: a special issue of Colonial Latin American Review (2017); (co-edited with Jaime Marroquín Arredondo) Translating Nature: a transcultural history of early modern science(forthcoming 2018 U of Penn P); as well as articles in collections and journals such as American Literary HistoryAmerican Literature, Early American LiteraturePMLARevista IberoamericanaColonial Latin American ReviewDieciochoand Latin American Research Review.  His new monograph is entitled The Alchemy of Conquest: Science, Religion, and the Secrets of the New World (forthcoming UVA P).


Anna Brickhouse is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Virginia. Her book The Unsettlement of America: Translation, Interpretation, and the Story of Don Luis de Velasco, 1560-1945 (Oxford 2014) was a co-winner of the Early American Literature prize and winner of the MLA’s James Russell Lowell prize. She is currently researching a project on translation and catastrophe.