Programme

Nature and Knowledge in Latin America: New Historical Perspectives

Conference Programme

9:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-10:15 Opening statement by Prof Mark Thurner (ILAS, University of London)

10:15-11:30 Panel 1 – Nature in South American literature (Chair: Joanna Page, Cambridge)

María Belén Hirose (Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina): ‘Augusto Raúl Cortázar (1910-1974) and his landscape-centred theory of folklore’

Francesca Zunino (King’s College London): ‘Latin American landscapes of marvel, magic and realism from Columbus’ Indies to G. G. Márquez’ Macondo

Valentina Caruso (Sheffield): ‘Revisiting and rethinking nature-versus-industry in the novels of José María Arguedas and Mario Vargas Llosa’

11:30-11:45 Coffee break

11:45-13:30 Panel 2 – Imaginations and uses of landscapes  (Chair: TBC)

Mariana Favila Vásquez (ENAH / UNAM, Mexico): ‘Pathways of river and sea: pre-Hispanic and colonial waterways on the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico’

Caroline Williams (Bristol): ‘Dichos terremotos provienen de los volcanes: Collecting data and assessing risk in eighteenth-century Guatemala’

Sophie Brockmann (ILAS, London): ‘Road-building, harbour-works and the imagination of Central American landscapes (1820-1840)’

Nicola Miller (University College London): ‘Nation and nature in Latin America, c. 1810-1830’

13:30-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-15:45 Panel 3 – Trade, ecology and resource extraction in South American history (Chair: Carlos Galviz, SAS, University of London)

Irina Podgorny (CONICET, Argentina): ‘The Commercialisation of nature in the Americas: A proposal for further research’

Rupert Medd (Independent Scholar): ‘Wakas and water, Julio Cesar Tello’s spiritual poetics of archaeology’

Michela Coletta (Warwick / ILAS): ‘Locating knowledge: geocultural authenticity and ecological thinking in twentieth-century Argentina’

15:45-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Panel 4 – Science, narrative, and perceptions of nature (Chair: Claire Lindsay, UCL)

Adriana Méndez Rodenas (Iowa): ‘Re-enacting the voyages of “discovery”: Science, nature and the politics of sea-faring’

Carlos Fonseca Suárez (Princeton): ‘Disrupting the historical chain of being: On Alexander von Humboldt’s American nature’

Ian Dudley (Essex): ‘“Voelker- und Laenderkunde”: Nature and humanity in Humboldt’s American geography and the emergence of British anthropology’

17:30-18:15 Keynote lecture by Ottmar Ette (Potsdam): ‘Nature and Culture: New Perspectives on Humboldtian Science’

Followed by small reception (provided by ILAS) and optional informal conference dinner

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