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990 - Visual and Textual Dialogues in Mesoamerica Block 1

17.07.2012 | 08:00 - 13:30

Convener 1: Olko, Justyna (Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Warsaw , Warszawa, Poland / Polen)
Convener 2: Wood, Stephanie (University of Oregon, Eugene, Eugene, Ud States of Am / USA)

This panel will bring together studies on pictorial and textual evidence from pre-Hispanic and colonial Mesoamerica that focus on internal and cross-cultural dialogues as seen through different media and genres. The sources to be examined in our group will include pictorial manuscripts, pre-Hispanic and colonial works of art, native alphabetic texts and European accounts. By focusing on distinct kinds of expressions as well as both pre-Hispanic and colonial perspectives—rarely combined in scholarly panels—we hope to highlight many interesting and deeply related phenomena that cut across both epochs and raise important issues for understanding different kinds of dialogues. With these premises in mind, we would like to highlight research that embraces:

• Mesoamerican dialogues: expressions, contexts, dimensions in pictorial and textual genres; comparing genres, methodologies and research experience; interdisciplinary approaches and the question of intertextuality; • cross-cultural communication and interaction within Mesoamerican spaces; interethnic dialogues before and after the Spanish arrival; translations within and between cultures; • and, between the clash of cultures and negotiated encounters: confluences, adaptations, and survivals of pre-conquest traditions and their colonial expressions.

Keywords: ethnohistory, indigenous languages, Mexico, New Spain, pictorial manuscripts

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