History Department
History Department

Susan Deans-Smith


Associate ProfessorPh.D., Cambridge University

Susan Deans-Smith

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-7205
  • Office: GAR 3.302
  • Office Hours: Spring 2016: by appointment only
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000

Biography


Research interests

My research and teaching interests include the history of Colonial Latin America and the Spanish Empire, with particular emphasis on Mexico and the Andean region, society and culture in 17th and 18th century Mexico and the Andes, the visual arts and material culture in Latin America, and comparative colonial history.

 

Courses taught

Colonial Latin America; Rethinking the Conquest of Mexico, Historiography of Colonial Spanish America, Resistance, Rebellion, and Revolution in Colonial Mexico and the Andes

 

Awards/Honors

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2000-2001
Social Science Research Council/American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1995-96
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1988-1989
Herbert Eugene Bolton Memorial Prize, Honorable Mention, 1993, for Bureaucrats, Planters, and Workers - the Making of the Tobacco Monopoly in Bourbon Mexico (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992)

Courses


T C 358 • Aztecs And Incas: 1420-1481

42836 • Fall 2016
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM CRD 007A

Description: 

This course explores the Spanish invasion of the indigenous empires of the Aztecs and the Incas and the consolidation of Spanish imperial power and colonial rule. We will examine the ways in which indigenous societies in the viceroyalties of Mexico and Peru were transformed and how their structures, in turn, also shaped the expansion and limitations of Spanish rule. What transformations in their societies occurred and how do we explain recognizable continuities? How do the post-conquest indigenous societies of Peru and Mexico differ in their responses to Spanish conquest and how do we explain such differences? In what ways did indigenous communities shape the trajectories of the independence movements in Mexico and Peru? Particular attention will be paid to the question of what primary sources (written/visual/archaeological) are available to historians and how we use them to reconstruct the indigenous experiences under Spanish colonial rule and alternative histories of conquest and colonialism.

 

Texts:

David Carrasco, Daily Life of the Aztecs 

Gordon F. McEwen, The Incas. New Perspectives

Matthew Restall and Kris Lane, Latin America In Colonial Times

Inga Clendinnen, Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570 (2nd. ed.)

Yanna Yannakakis, The Art of Being In-Between: Native Intermediaries, Indian Identity, and Local Rule in Colonial Oaxaca

Class Reader - The reader (PDF uploads on Canvas) will include primary sources such as excerpts from indigenous codices, accounts of conquest from indigenous perspectives, indigenous maps, wills and testaments, inquisition records, paintings, etc., as well as articles that deal with military, religious, economic, cultural, and political aspects of conquest and colonialism. All of the readings are designed to expose students not only to the different methodologies and interdisciplinarity of research on this topic but also to the current debates and disagreements among historians.

Assignments:

*Short weekly critical reviews of assigned readings that will address analysis of a combination of secondary and primary sources (for a total of 16 pages; 40%)

* A longer critical essay that addresses comparison of a specific aspect of Mexican and Andean indigenous societies (additional research beyond assigned readings is required) (draft, 15%; final 30%)

* Participation in seminar debate, peer review, and oral presentation of one critical review (15%)

 

Biography:

Susan Deans-Smith earned her Ph.D. in 1984 from Cambridge University. Her research interests include the history of the Spanish Empire, the history of Mexico and the Andes, comparative colonial studies, and the history of artists, artisans, and the material and visual culture of colonial Latin America. She is the recipient of fellowships from the ACLS/SSRC and the NEH. She has published extensively on the economic, social, political and cultural history of colonial Mexico. She is currently completing a book on the first fine arts academy in colonial Mexico, the Royal Academy of San Carlos.

HIS 386K • Imperial Formations

38855 • Fall 2015
Meets T 3:00PM-6:00PM CLA 0.120
(also listed as LAS 386)

The main objectives of this readings seminar are to explore  the history of empire in Spanish America from comparative, theoretical, and methodological approaches. We will examine questions related to theories of empire and to the development, consolidation, and break-up of the Spanish empire. Topics include the construction of imperial and colonial archives, the formation of colonial societies and socio-racial hierarchies, law and colonialism, religion and colonialism, church-state relations, colonial bureaucracies, colonial economies, class, gender and race relations, imperial imaginaries/visual and material culture, African and indigenous societies, intra/inter-imperial interactions and conflicts in a global context. Particular attention will be paid to comparisons of the Ibero-American empires with those of the British and French experiences.

Texts:

TBD

Class Reader

Grading:

Weekly review papers 50%

Draft of historiographical essay 10%

Final historiographical essay 30%

Seminar participation 10%

HIS 350L • Visual/Mat Cul: Col Lat Am

38665 • Spring 2015
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM PAR 302
(also listed as LAS 366)

This seminar focuses on the visual and material culture of colonial Spanish America. We will explore ways in which particular images and objects came into being and how they provide insights into the social, political, economic, religious, and intellectual histories of colonial Spanish America. We will explore and analyse a wide range of materials - paintings, sculptures, architecture, maps, textiles, prints, etc. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the connections between visual and material culture and the formation of the Ibero-American empires. At the core of this seminar is the deep contextualization of specific images and artifacts to understand how they came into being-who produced them, who wanted them and why, and what we can discover about their circulation, reception, and transformation. We will also consider how images and artifacts function as historical evidence to be interrogated in the same way that we critically assess written sources.

Texts:

1. Kelly Donahue-Wallace, Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America, 1521-1821

2. Matthew Restall and Kris Lane, Latin America in Colonial Times

3. DVD-Rom, Dana Leibsohn and Barbara E. Mundy, Vistas. Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820/Cultura visual de Hispanoamérica, 1520–1820

4. Class Reader

Grading:

•1. 25% five response papers of assigned readings

•2. 20% curated mini-exhibition project

•3. 5% Abstract and bibliography for final analytical essay

•4. 5%–peer critique of first drafts of analytical essay

•5. 10%–first drafts of final analytical essay             

•6. 25%–final analytical essay

•7. 10%–Attendance (5%) and active participation (5%)

HIS 350L • Rethinking Conquest Mexico

39630 • Fall 2014
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 0.132
(also listed as LAS 366)

This course explores the “conquest” of Mexico and the social, cultural, political, and economic processes which were set in motion by the Spanish invasion of Mexico. We will examine primary accounts of conquest (textual and visual) and the recent historical literature that interrogates the complexities of conquest and conquest society. How do we account for the Spanish military victory and for the consolidation of Spanish power in Mexico? What roles do the Catholic Church, Spanish settlers, and indigenous elites play in the consolidation of conquest society? What kind of society did the Spanish intend to establish in Mexico in the sixteenth century? In what ways is indigenous society (political structures and power relationships, gender relations, economic organization, religious practices and beliefs, etc.) affected by conquest? Conversely, how does indigenous society affect colonial policies and practices? How do we explain regional variations in indigenous insurrection in Mexico in the aftermath of conquest? The conquest of Mexico had global repercussions, not only in economic terms but also in cultural and intellectual terms. How did Spanish discovery of unknown peoples and places affect thinking about humanity and the world? How is the conquest currently represented in contemporary film and what do those interpretations tell us about resistant stereotypes of Spanish conquest?

Texts:

•           Ida Altman et al                                      The Early History of Greater Mexico

•           David Carrasco                                        Daily Life of the Aztecs

•           Daniel Castro                                          The Other Face of Empire

•           Ross Hassig                                           Mexico and the Spanish Conquest

•           Camilla Townsend                                  Malintzin’s Choices

•           Class Reader

Grading:

•           Informal response papers               10%

•           Analysis of primary sources                       15%

•           Critical reviews                                       35%

•           Analytical essay                          30%

•           Class Participation                                   10%

HIS 350L • Visual/Mat Cul In Col Latin Am

39915 • Spring 2014
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 1.122
(also listed as LAS 366)

In this seminar we will focus on the visual and material culture of colonial Spanish America. We will explore ways in which particular images and objects came into being and how they provide insights into the social, political, economic, religious, and intellectual histories of colonial Spanish America. We will explore and analyse a wide range of materials - paintings, sculptures, architecture, maps, textiles, prints, etc. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the connections between visual and material culture and the formation of the Ibero-American empires. Emphasis will also be placed on the deep contextualization of specific images and artifacts to understand how they came into being-who produced them, who wanted them and why, and what we can discover about their circulation, reception, and transformation. We will also consider how images and artifacts function as historical evidence to be interrogated in the same way that we critically assess written sources.

 

Readings (**subject to confirmation)

1. Kelly Donahue-Wallace, Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America, 1521-1821

2. Matthew Restall and Kris Lane, Latin America in Colonial Times

3. DVD-Rom, Dana Leibsohn and Barbara E. Mundy, Vistas. Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820/Cultura visual de Hispanoamérica, 1520–1820

4. Class Reader

 

Grading:

•1. 25% five response papers of assigned readings

 

•2. 20% curated mini-exhibition project

 

•3. 5% Abstract and bibliography for final analytical essay

 

•4. 5%–peer critique of first drafts of analytical essay

 

•5. 10%–first drafts of final analytical essay              

 

•6. 25%–final analytical essay

 

•7. 10%–Attendance (5%) and active participation (5%)

HIS 363K • Rel/Conq/Conv Col Mexico/Peru

40075 • Spring 2014
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM GAR 0.132
(also listed as LAS 366, R S 368)

This seminar focuses on the histories of the Catholic Church and religious devotion in colonial Latin America between 1521 and 1821. We will analyse the Church as an institution imbricated in colonial rule, its physical construction and presence in colonial Latin America, the secular and religious orders (including female religious), religious confraternities of the Spanish, indigenous, and African peoples, and the development of local devotions. Topics to be addressed include the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Spanish monarchy, and how it changed over 300 years of Spanish imperial rule, the early post-conquest work of friars among indigenous communities and their proto-anthropological characteristics, the influences of the Reconquista (the reclaiming of Christian Spain from Islamic rule and the expulsion of the Jewish population) upon the evangelization campaigns of the indigenous populations, and the enduring influences of pre-hispanic religious beliefs upon indigenous Catholic practices. We will also pay special attention to New World devotions that came into being during Spanish colonial rule and the question of how to understand the miraculous, the divine, and the mystical in colonial society. Particular emphasis will be placed on religious art and architecture as primary sources for thinking through and about these issues. Assignments include a combination of weekly informal writing responses, two short analytical essays, analysis of several primary sources, all of which will be used as the basis for a longer final research essay. A reading proficiency in Spanish is preferred but not mandatory.

Texts:

Inga Clendinnen, Ambivalent Conquests

William B. Taylor, Kenneth Mills, and Sandra Lauderdale-Graham, Colonial Latin America. A Documentary History

William B. Taylor, Marvels and Miracles in Late Colonial Mexico and Shrines & Miraculous Images. Religious Life in Mexico Before the Reforma

Gabriela Ramos, Death and Conversion in the Andes

Grading:

1. Informal weekly response paper 10%

2. Two short essays 30%

3. Analysis of primary sources 15%

4. Peer Review assignment 5%

5. Draft of research essay 10%

6. Final essay 20%

7. Seminar participation 10%

HIS 386K • Imperial Formations

40155 • Fall 2013
Meets T 12:30PM-3:30PM GAR 2.124
(also listed as LAS 386)

The main objectives of this readings seminar are to explore approaches to the history of empire in Spanish America from comparative, theoretical, and methodological approaches. We will examine questions related to theories of empire and to the development, consolidation, and break-up of the Spanish empire. Topics include the construction of imperial and colonial archives, the formation of colonial societies and socio-racial hierarchies, law and colonialism, religion and colonialism, church-state relations, colonial bureaucracies, colonial economies, class, gender and race relations, imperial imaginaries/visual and material culture, African and indigenous societies, intra/inter-imperial interactions and conflicts in a global context. Particular attention will be paid to comparisons of the Ibero-American empires with those of the British and French experiences.

 

Texts:

TBD

Class Reader

 

Grading:

Weekly review papers  50%

Draft of historiographical essay 10%

Final historiographical essay 30%

Seminar participation  10%

T C 357 • Aztecs And Incas: 1420-1821

43465 • Fall 2013
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM CRD 007A

This course explores the Spanish invasion of the indigenous empires of the Aztecs and the Incas and the consolidation of Spanish imperial power and colonial rule. We will examine the ways in which indigenous societies in the viceroyalties of Mexico and Peru were transformed and how their structures, in turn, also shaped the expansion and limitation of Spanish rule. What transformations in their societies occur and how do we explain recognizable continuities. How do the post-conquest indigenous societies of Peru and Mexico differ in their responses to Spanish conquest? How do we explain, for example, the eruption of the largest anti-colonial rebellion in Peru in 1781 under the leadership of Tupac Amaru, but nothing comparable in scope and scale in Mexico? What can we say about relationships and interactions that emerge among Spaniards, Indians, Africans, and their multi-racial offspring? In what ways did indigenous communities shape the trajectories of the independence movements in Mexico and Peru? Particular attention will be paid to the question of what primary sources (written and visual) are available to historians and how we use them to reconstruct the indigenous experiences under Spanish colonial rule and alternative histories of conquest. We will also consider briefly the long-term legacies of colonialism for contemporary indigenous societies in Mexico and the Andean region.

 

Texts/Readings:

* Kenneth Andren, Andean Worlds

* Ida Altman, The History of Greater Mexico

* Camille Townsend, Malintzin's Choices

* Matthew Restall, Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest

* David Carrasco and Scott Sessions, Daily Life of the Aztecs

* Michael Andrew Malpass, Daily Life in the Inca Empire

* Class Reader - The reader will include primary sources such as excerpts from indigenous codices, accounts of conquest from indigenous perspectives, indigenous maps, wills and testaments, inquisition records, paintings, etc., as well as articles that deal with military, religious, economic, cultural, and political aspects of conquest and colonialism. All of the readings are designed to expose students not only to the different methodologies and interdisciplinarity of research on this topic but also to the current debates and disagreements among historians.

 

Assignments:

*Short weekly critical reviews (2 pages) of assigned readings that will address a combination of secondary and primary sources (for a total of 16 pages; 40%)

* A longer essay (15 pages) that addresses comparison of a specific aspect of Mexican and Andean indigenous societies (additional research beyond assigned readings is required) (draft, 15%; final 30%)

* Participation in seminar debate and oral presentation of one critical review (15%)

 

Biography:

Susan Deans-Smith earned her Ph.D. in 1984 from Cambridge University. Her research interests include the history of the Spanish Empire, the history of Mexico and the Andes, comparative colonial studies, and the history of material and visual culture in Latin America. She is the recipient of fellowships from the ACLS/SSRC and the NEH. Her most recent publication is Race and Classification. The Case of Mexican America (Stanford, 2009), co-edited with Ilona Katzew.

HIS 350L • Rethinking Conquest Of Mexico

39525 • Spring 2013
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 0.132
(also listed as LAS 366)

This course explores the “conquest” of Mexico and the social, cultural, political, and economic processes which were set in motion by the Spanish invasion of Mexico. We will examine primary accounts of conquest (textual and visual) and the recent historical literature that interrogates the complexities of conquest and conquest society. How do we account for the Spanish military victory and for the consolidation of Spanish power in Mexico? What roles do the Catholic Church, Spanish settlers, and indigenous elites play in the consolidation of conquest society? What kind of society did the Spanish intend to establish in Mexico in the sixteenth century? In what ways is indigenous society (political structures and power relationships, gender relations, economic organization, religious practices and beliefs, etc.) affected by conquest? Conversely, how does indigenous society affect colonial policies and practices? How do we explain regional variations in indigenous insurrection in Mexico in the aftermath of conquest? The conquest of Mexico had global repercussions, not only in economic terms but also in cultural and intellectual terms. How did Spanish discovery of unknown peoples and places affect thinking about humanity and the world? How is the conquest currently represented in contemporary film and what do those interpretations tell us about resistant stereotypes of Spanish conquest?

Texts (subject to final confirmation):

  • Ida Altman et al                                       The Early History of Greater Mexico
  • David Carrasco                                        Daily Life of the Aztecs
  • Daniel Castro                                          The Other Face of Empire
  • Ross Hassig                                           Mexico and the Spanish Conquest
  • Camilla Townsend                                   Malintzin’s Choices
  • Class Reader

Grading:

  • Informal response papers                           10%
  • Analysis of primary sources                       15%
  • Critical reviews                                       35%
  • Analytical essay                                      30%
  • Class Participation                                   10%

HIS 363K • Rel/Conq/Conv Col Mexico/Peru

39680 • Spring 2013
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 0.132
(also listed as LAS 366)

This seminar focuses on the histories of the Catholic Church and religious devotion in colonial Latin America between 1521 and 1821. We will analyse the Church as an institution imbricated in colonial rule, its physical construction and presence in colonial Latin America, the secular and religious orders (including female religious), religious confraternities of the Spanish, indigenous, and African peoples, and the development of local devotions. Topics to be addressed include the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Spanish monarchy, and how it changed over 300 years of Spanish imperial rule, the early post-conquest work of friars among indigenous communities and their proto-anthropological characteristics, the influences of the Reconquista (the reclaiming of Christian Spain from Islamic rule and the expulsion of the Jewish population) upon the evangelization campaigns of the indigenous populations, and the enduring influences of pre-hispanic religious beliefs upon indigenous Catholic practices. We will also pay special attention to New World devotions that came into being during Spanish colonial rule and the question of how to understand the miraculous, the divine, and the mystical in colonial society. Particular emphasis will be placed on religious art and architecture as primary sources for thinking through and about these issues. Assignments include a combination of weekly informal writing responses, two short analytical essays, analysis of several primary sources, all of which will be used as the basis for a longer final research essay. A reading proficiency in Spanish is preferred but not mandatory.

Grading:

1. Informal weekly response papers                 10%

2. Two short essays                                        30%

3. Analysis of primary sources                         15%

4. Peer Review assignment                               5%

5. Draft of research essay                               10%

6. Final essay                                                 20%

7. Seminar participation                                 10%

 

Texts (subject to confirmation):

Inga Clendinnen, Ambivalent Conquests

William B. Taylor, Kenneth Mills, and Sandra Lauderdale-Graham, Colonial Latin America. A Documentary History

William B. Taylor, Marvels and Miracles in Late Colonial Mexico and Shrines & Miraculous Images. Religious Life in Mexico Before the Reforma

Gabriela Ramos, Death and Conversion in the Andes

Class Reader

HIS 350L • Visual/Mat Cul In Col Latin Am

39365 • Spring 2012
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 0.128
(also listed as LAS 366)

In this seminar we will focus on the visual and material culture of colonial Latin America. We will explore ways in which particular images and objects came into being and how they provide insights into the social, political, economic, religious, and intellectual histories of colonial Latin America. We will explore and analyse a wide range of materials - paintings, sculptures, architecture, maps, textiles, prints, etc. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the connections between visual and material culture and the formation of the Ibero-American empires. Emphasis will also be placed on the deep contextualization of specific images and artifacts to understand how they came into being-who produced them, who wanted them and why, and what we can discover about their circulation, reception, and transformation. We will also consider how images and artifacts function as historical evidence to be interrogated in the same way that we critically assess written sources.

 

Grading:

Weekly response papers/peer review      30%

First draft of research paper           10%

Second draft of research paper  30%

Seminar presentation and participation  30%

 

Texts (subject to confirmation)

Class Reader

Kelly Donahue-Wallace, Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America

Dana Liebsohn and Barbara Mundy, Vistas. Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820 / Cultura visual de Hispanoamérica, 1520-1820

Serge Gruzinski, Images at War: Mexico from Columbus to Blade Runner Kenneth Mills et al, Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History

T C 357 • Aztecs And Incas: 1420-1821

42955 • Spring 2012
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM CRD 007A

Description:

This course explores the Spanish invasion of the indigenous empires of the Aztecs and the Incas and the consolidation of Spanish imperial power and colonial rule. We will examine the ways in which indigenous societies in the viceroyalties of Mexico and Peru were transformed and how their structures, in turn, also shaped the expansion and limitation of Spanish rule. What transformations in their societies occur and how do we explain recognizable continuities. How do the post-conquest indigenous societies of Peru and Mexico differ in their responses to Spanish conquest? How do we explain, for example, the eruption of the largest anti-colonial rebellion in Peru in 1781 under the leadership of Tupac Amaru, but nothing comparable in scope and scale in Mexico? What can we say about relationships and interactions that emerge among Spaniards, Indians, Africans, and their multi-racial offspring? In what ways did indigenous communities shape the trajectories of the independence movements in Mexico and Peru? Particular attention will be paid to the question of what primary sources (written and visual) are available to historians and how we use them to reconstruct the indigenous experiences under Spanish colonial rule and alternative histories of conquest. We will also consider briefly the long-term legacies of colonialism for contemporary indigenous societies in Mexico and the Andean region.

 

Texts/Readings:

* Kenneth Andren, Andean Worlds

* Ida Altman, The History of Greater Mexico

* Camille Townsend, Malintzin's Choices

* Matthew Restall, Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest

* David Carrasco and Scott Sessions, Daily Life of the Aztecs

* Michael Andrew Malpass, Daily Life in the Inca Empire

* Class Reader - The reader will include primary sources such as excerpts from indigenous codices, accounts of conquest from indigenous perspectives, indigenous maps, wills and testaments, inquisition records, paintings, etc., as well as articles that deal with military, religious, economic, cultural, and political aspects of conquest and colonialism. All of the readings are designed to expose students not only to the different methodologies and interdisciplinarity of research on this topic but also to the current debates and disagreements among historians.

 

Assignments:

* Short weekly critical reviews (2 pages) of assigned readings that will address a combination of secondary and primary sources (for a total of 16 pages; 40%)

* A longer essay (15 pages) that addresses comparison of a specific aspect of Mexican and Andean indigenous societies (additional research beyond assigned readings is required) (draft, 15%; final 30%)

* Participation in seminar debate and oral presentation of one critical review (15%)

 

Biography:

Susan Deans-Smith earned her Ph.D. in 1984 from Cambridge University. Her research interests include the history of the Spanish Empire, the history of Mexico and the Andes, comparative colonial studies, and the history of material and visual culture in Latin America. She is the recipient of fellowships from the ACLS/SSRC and the NEH. Her most recent publication is Race and Classification. The Case of Mexican America (Stanford, 2009), co-edited with Ilona Katzew.

 

 

 

 

HIS 346K • Colonial Latin America

39315 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM GAR 1.126
(also listed as LAS 366)

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the social, cultural, economic, and political development of colonial Spanish America between 1492 and 1840. Spanish imperial control over its American colonies lasted for three hundred years. How do we explain the longevity of Spanish control and when the Spanish American colonists fought for their independence why did the insurgent movements occur in the early nineteenth century and not before? Between Spanish invasion, conquest, and eventual loss of empire, what kind of societies were created in Spanish America? On what terms were the indigenous populations incorporated into conquest society and economy and what factors shaped their responses to Spanish colonialism? What images did the Spanish form of the "New World" inhabitants and what impact did they have upon Spanish intellectual thought? What type of society and economy did those Spaniards who sought their fortunes in the colonies shape for themselves and their descendants? Topics to be addressed include the Spanish and Pre-Colombian traditions of conquest and imperialism, the consolidation of Spanish imperial government in the so-called "New World", Church-State relations, the development of the colonial economies in the context of early globalization, race, class, and gender in colonial society, the movements of political independence from Spain and the problems faced by the new republics as emergent nation-states in the nineteenth century. Special emphasis will be placed on indigenous and Afro-American responses to Spanish colonialism during three centuries of imperial rule. Particular emphasis will also be placed on students’ critical readings of primary sources, both visual and textual.

 

Texts (subject to final confirmation):

•Jonathan C. Brown, Latin America. A Social History of the Colonial Period (2nd ed.)

• Daniel Castro, The Other Face of Empire

• Camilla Townsend, Malintzin’s Choices

• Karen Racine, Francisco de Miranda. A Transatlantic Life in the Age of Revolution

Class Reader

 

Grading:

Informal response papers 10%

Analysis of primary sources 20%

Critical reviews 60%

Class Participation 10%

HIS 386K • Imperial Formations

39660 • Fall 2011
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 1.122

The main objectives of this readings seminar are to explore approaches to the history of empire in Latin America from comparative, theoretical, and methodological approaches. We will examine questions related to theories of empire, construction of archives, and how historians have understood the development and consolidation of the Spanish and Portuguese empires. Topics include the formation of colonial societies and socio-racial hierarchies, the development of the Catholic Church, religion and devotional cults, colonial bureaucracies and economies, gender, visual and material culture, African and indigenous societies, inter-imperial interactions and conflicts, and challenges to colonial rule. Particular attention will be paid to comparisons of the Ibero-American empires with those of the British and French experiences. 

 

Texts

Jane Burbank and Fred Cooper, Empires in World History

John Elliott, Empires of the Atlantic World

Ann Laura Stoler, Along the Archival Grain

Kathryn Burns, Into the Archive

Stuart B. Schwartz, All Will Be Saved

Gabriela Ramos, Death and Conversion in the Andes

Yanna Yannakakis, The Art of Being In-between: Native Intermediaries, Indian Identity, and Local Rule in Colonial Oaxaca 

Alida Metcalf, Go-Betweens and the Colonization of Brazil 1500-1600

Gabriel Paquette, Enlightenment, Governance and Reform in Spain and Its Empire

Kelly Donahue-Wallace, The Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America

Matthew D. O’Hara, A Flock Divided

Carlos Marichal, Bankruptcy of Empire

Class Reader

 

Grading

Weekly review papers 50%

Draft of historiographical essay 10%

Final historiographical essay 30%

Seminar participation 10%

HIS 346K • Colonial Latin America

39615 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ 1.120
(also listed as LAS 366)

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the social, cultural, economic, and political development of colonial Spanish America between 1492 and 1840. Spanish imperial control over its American colonies lasted for three hundred years. How do we explain the longevity of Spanish control and when the Spanish American colonists fought for their independence why did the insurgent movements occur in the early nineteenth century and not before? Between Spanish invasion, conquest, and eventual loss of empire, what kind of societies were created in Spanish America? On what terms were the indigenous populations incorporated into conquest society and economy and what factors shaped their responses to Spanish colonialism? What images did the Spanish form of the "New World" inhabitants and what impact did they have upon Spanish intellectual thought? What type of society and economy did those Spaniards who sought their fortunes in the colonies shape for themselves and their descendants? Topics to be addressed include the Spanish and Pre-Colombian traditions of conquest and imperialism, the consolidation of Spanish imperial government in the so-called "New World", Church-State relations, the development of the colonial economies in the context of early globalization, race, class, and gender in colonial society, the movements of political independence from Spain and the problems faced by the new republics as emergent nation-states in the nineteenth century. Special emphasis will be placed on indigenous and Afro-American responses to Spanish colonialism during three centuries of imperial rule. Particular emphasis will also be placed on students’ critical readings of primary sources, both visual and textual.

 

Texts (subject to final confirmation):

•Jonathan C. Brown, Latin America. A Social History of the Colonial Period (2nd ed.)

• Daniel Castro, The Other Face of Empire

• Camilla Townsend, Malintzin’s Choices

• Karen Racine, Francisco de Miranda. A Transatlantic Life in the Age of Revolution

Class Reader

 

Grading:

Informal response papers 10%

Analysis of primary sources 20%

Critical reviews 60%

Class Participation 10%

HIS 350L • Rethinking Conquest Of Mexico

39670 • Spring 2011
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 2.128
(also listed as LAS 366)

HIS 350L

This course explores the “conquest” of Mexico and the social, cultural, political, and economic processes which were set in motion by the Spanish invasion of Mexico. We will examine primary accounts of conquest (textual and visual) and the recent historical literature that interrogates the complexities of conquest and conquest society. How do we account for the Spanish military victory and for the consolidation of Spanish power in Mexico? What roles do the Catholic Church, Spanish settlers, and indigenous elites play in the consolidation of conquest society? What kind of society did the Spanish intend to establish in Mexico in the sixteenth century? In what ways is indigenous society (political structures and power relationships, gender relations, economic organization, religious practices and beliefs, etc.) affected by conquest? Conversely, how does indigenous society affect colonial policies and practices? How do we explain regional variations in indigenous insurrection in Mexico in the aftermath of conquest? The conquest of Mexico had global repercussions, not only in economic terms but also in cultural and intellectual terms. How did Spanish discovery of unknown peoples and places affect thinking about humanity and the world? How is the conquest currently represented in contemporary film and what do those interpretations tell us about resistant stereotypes of Spanish conquest?

Texts (subject to final confirmation):

  • Ida Altman et al                                    The Early History of Greater Mexico
  • David Carrasco                                    Daily Life of the Aztecs
  • Daniel Castro                                    The Other Face of Empire
  • Ross Hassig                                                Mexico and the Spanish Conquest
  • Camilla Townsend                                    Malintzin’s Choices
  • Class Reader

Grading:

  • Informal response papers                        10%
  • Analysis of primary sources                        15%
  • Critical reviews                                    35%
  • Analytical essay                                    30%
  • Class Participation                                    10%

HIS 386K • Historiog Of Col Spanish Amer

40300 • Fall 2009
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 1.122

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 350L • Rethink Conquest Of Mexico-W

39150 • Spring 2009
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 0.120
(also listed as LAS 366)

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 386K • Historiog Of Col Spanish Amer

39415 • Spring 2009
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM MEZ 1.104

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 346K • Colonial Latin America

40225 • Fall 2008
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM GAR 3.116
(also listed as LAS 366)

            This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the social, cultural, economic, and political development of colonial Spanish America between 1492 and 1840. Spanish imperial control over its American colonies lasted for three hundred years. How do we explain the longevity of Spanish control and when the Spanish American colonists fought for their independence why did the insurgent movements occur in the early nineteenth century and not before? Between Spanish invasion, conquest, and eventual loss of empire, what kind of societies were created in Spanish America? On what terms were the indigenous populations incorporated into conquest society and economy and what factors shaped their responses to Spanish colonialism? What images did the Spanish form of the "New World" inhabitants and what impact did they have upon Spanish intellectual thought? What type of society and economy did those Spaniards who sought their fortunes in the colonies shape for themselves and their descendants? Topics to be addressed include the Spanish and Pre-Colombian traditions of conquest and imperialism, the consolidation of Spanish imperial government in the so-called "New World", Church-State relations, the development of the colonial economies in the context of early globalization, race, class, and gender in colonial society, the movements of political independence from Spain and the problems faced by the new republics as emergent nation-states in the nineteenth century. Special emphasis will be placed on indigenous and Afro-American responses to Spanish colonialism during three centuries of imperial rule. Particular emphasis will also be placed on students’ critical readings of primary sources, both visual and textual

HIS 350L • Forging History Of Mexico-W

40120 • Spring 2008
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 2.108
(also listed as LAS 366)

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 346K • Colonial Latin America

40875 • Fall 2007
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BUR 212
(also listed as LAS 366)

            This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the social, cultural, economic, and political development of colonial Spanish America between 1492 and 1840. Spanish imperial control over its American colonies lasted for three hundred years. How do we explain the longevity of Spanish control and when the Spanish American colonists fought for their independence why did the insurgent movements occur in the early nineteenth century and not before? Between Spanish invasion, conquest, and eventual loss of empire, what kind of societies were created in Spanish America? On what terms were the indigenous populations incorporated into conquest society and economy and what factors shaped their responses to Spanish colonialism? What images did the Spanish form of the "New World" inhabitants and what impact did they have upon Spanish intellectual thought? What type of society and economy did those Spaniards who sought their fortunes in the colonies shape for themselves and their descendants? Topics to be addressed include the Spanish and Pre-Colombian traditions of conquest and imperialism, the consolidation of Spanish imperial government in the so-called "New World", Church-State relations, the development of the colonial economies in the context of early globalization, race, class, and gender in colonial society, the movements of political independence from Spain and the problems faced by the new republics as emergent nation-states in the nineteenth century. Special emphasis will be placed on indigenous and Afro-American responses to Spanish colonialism during three centuries of imperial rule. Particular emphasis will also be placed on students’ critical readings of primary sources, both visual and textual

HIS 386K • Historiog Of Col Spanish Amer

41205 • Fall 2007
Meets M 1:00PM-4:00PM BUR 436A

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 350L • Resist/Reb/Rev Col Spn Am-W

39710 • Spring 2007
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM CMA A5.136
(also listed as LAS 366)

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 363K • Conquest/Colonlsm Mex & Peru-W

39810 • Spring 2007
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM WRW 113
(also listed as LAS 366)

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 386K • Historiog Of Col Spanish Amer

40885 • Fall 2006
Meets M 1:00PM-4:00PM BUR 436A

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 346K • Colonial Latin America

38775 • Spring 2006
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM GAR 109
(also listed as LAS 366)

            This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the social, cultural, economic, and political development of colonial Spanish America between 1492 and 1840. Spanish imperial control over its American colonies lasted for three hundred years. How do we explain the longevity of Spanish control and when the Spanish American colonists fought for their independence why did the insurgent movements occur in the early nineteenth century and not before? Between Spanish invasion, conquest, and eventual loss of empire, what kind of societies were created in Spanish America? On what terms were the indigenous populations incorporated into conquest society and economy and what factors shaped their responses to Spanish colonialism? What images did the Spanish form of the "New World" inhabitants and what impact did they have upon Spanish intellectual thought? What type of society and economy did those Spaniards who sought their fortunes in the colonies shape for themselves and their descendants? Topics to be addressed include the Spanish and Pre-Colombian traditions of conquest and imperialism, the consolidation of Spanish imperial government in the so-called "New World", Church-State relations, the development of the colonial economies in the context of early globalization, race, class, and gender in colonial society, the movements of political independence from Spain and the problems faced by the new republics as emergent nation-states in the nineteenth century. Special emphasis will be placed on indigenous and Afro-American responses to Spanish colonialism during three centuries of imperial rule. Particular emphasis will also be placed on students’ critical readings of primary sources, both visual and textual

HIS 363K • Conquest/Colonlsm In Mex/Peru

38981 • Spring 2006
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 2.124
(also listed as LAS 366)

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 386K • Historiog Of Col Spanish Amer

38900 • Fall 2005
Meets T 1:00PM-4:00PM GAR 205

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 350L • Rethink Conquest Of Mexico-W

35820 • Spring 2004
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 107
(also listed as LAS 366)

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 386K • Independence & Rev In Lat Amer

36065 • Spring 2004
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 107

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 346K • Latin America Before 1810

36560 • Fall 2003
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM GAR 109
(also listed as LAS 366)

            This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the social, cultural, economic, and political development of colonial Spanish America between 1492 and 1840. Spanish imperial control over its American colonies lasted for three hundred years. How do we explain the longevity of Spanish control and when the Spanish American colonists fought for their independence why did the insurgent movements occur in the early nineteenth century and not before? Between Spanish invasion, conquest, and eventual loss of empire, what kind of societies were created in Spanish America? On what terms were the indigenous populations incorporated into conquest society and economy and what factors shaped their responses to Spanish colonialism? What images did the Spanish form of the "New World" inhabitants and what impact did they have upon Spanish intellectual thought? What type of society and economy did those Spaniards who sought their fortunes in the colonies shape for themselves and their descendants? Topics to be addressed include the Spanish and Pre-Colombian traditions of conquest and imperialism, the consolidation of Spanish imperial government in the so-called "New World", Church-State relations, the development of the colonial economies in the context of early globalization, race, class, and gender in colonial society, the movements of political independence from Spain and the problems faced by the new republics as emergent nation-states in the nineteenth century. Special emphasis will be placed on indigenous and Afro-American responses to Spanish colonialism during three centuries of imperial rule. Particular emphasis will also be placed on students’ critical readings of primary sources, both visual and textual

HIS 386K • Historiog Of Col Spanish Amer

36920 • Fall 2003
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 107

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 386K • Independence & Rev In Lat Amer

35985 • Spring 2003
Meets W 2:00PM-5:00PM UTC 4.120

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 346K • Latin America Before 1810

36190 • Fall 2002
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 5
(also listed as LAS 366)

            This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the social, cultural, economic, and political development of colonial Spanish America between 1492 and 1840. Spanish imperial control over its American colonies lasted for three hundred years. How do we explain the longevity of Spanish control and when the Spanish American colonists fought for their independence why did the insurgent movements occur in the early nineteenth century and not before? Between Spanish invasion, conquest, and eventual loss of empire, what kind of societies were created in Spanish America? On what terms were the indigenous populations incorporated into conquest society and economy and what factors shaped their responses to Spanish colonialism? What images did the Spanish form of the "New World" inhabitants and what impact did they have upon Spanish intellectual thought? What type of society and economy did those Spaniards who sought their fortunes in the colonies shape for themselves and their descendants? Topics to be addressed include the Spanish and Pre-Colombian traditions of conquest and imperialism, the consolidation of Spanish imperial government in the so-called "New World", Church-State relations, the development of the colonial economies in the context of early globalization, race, class, and gender in colonial society, the movements of political independence from Spain and the problems faced by the new republics as emergent nation-states in the nineteenth century. Special emphasis will be placed on indigenous and Afro-American responses to Spanish colonialism during three centuries of imperial rule. Particular emphasis will also be placed on students’ critical readings of primary sources, both visual and textual

HIS 386K • Historiog Of Col Spanish Amer

36505 • Fall 2002
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 205

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 350L • Resist/Reb/Rev Col Spn Am-W

35615 • Spring 2002
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 205
(also listed as LAS 366)

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 386K • Latin Amer From Col To Neocol

35825 • Spring 2002
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 107

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

HIS 346K • Latin America Before 1810

36625 • Fall 2001
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM GAR 7
(also listed as LAS 366)

            This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the social, cultural, economic, and political development of colonial Spanish America between 1492 and 1840. Spanish imperial control over its American colonies lasted for three hundred years. How do we explain the longevity of Spanish control and when the Spanish American colonists fought for their independence why did the insurgent movements occur in the early nineteenth century and not before? Between Spanish invasion, conquest, and eventual loss of empire, what kind of societies were created in Spanish America? On what terms were the indigenous populations incorporated into conquest society and economy and what factors shaped their responses to Spanish colonialism? What images did the Spanish form of the "New World" inhabitants and what impact did they have upon Spanish intellectual thought? What type of society and economy did those Spaniards who sought their fortunes in the colonies shape for themselves and their descendants? Topics to be addressed include the Spanish and Pre-Colombian traditions of conquest and imperialism, the consolidation of Spanish imperial government in the so-called "New World", Church-State relations, the development of the colonial economies in the context of early globalization, race, class, and gender in colonial society, the movements of political independence from Spain and the problems faced by the new republics as emergent nation-states in the nineteenth century. Special emphasis will be placed on indigenous and Afro-American responses to Spanish colonialism during three centuries of imperial rule. Particular emphasis will also be placed on students’ critical readings of primary sources, both visual and textual

HIS 386K • Historiog Of Col Spanish Amer

36940 • Fall 2001
Meets W 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 111

Prerequisite: Graduate standing, reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese, and consent of the graduate adviser.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

LAS F382 • Conf Crs In Latin Amer Studies

85715 • Summer 2000

Individual study to be arranged with a faculty member.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class. May be repeated for credit.

LAS 698A • Thesis

36210 • Spring 2000

Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in Latin American studies and consent of the supervising professor and the graduate adviser; for 698B, Latin American Studies 698A.

Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class.

Publications


Book

Bureaucrats, Planters, and Workers - the Making of the Tobacco Monopoly in Bourbon Mexico (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992).

Ilona Katzew and Susan Deans-Smith eds., Race and Classification. The Case of Mexican America (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009)

Susan Deans-Smith and Eric Van Young eds., Mexican Soundings: Essays In Honour of David A. Brading (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2007)

Articles

    "'A Natural and Voluntary Dependence': The Royal Academy of San Carlos and the Cultural Politics of Art Education in Mexico City, 1786-1797." Bulletin of Latin American Research,  (2010)

    oSusan Deans-Smith and Ilona Katzew, "Introduction. The Alchemy of Race in Mexican America," in Ilona Katzew and Susan Deans-Smith eds., Race and Classification. The Case of Mexican America (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009): 1-24

"Dishonor in the Hands of Indians, Spaniards, and Blacks": Painters and the (Racial) Politics of Painting in Early Modern Mexico" in Ilona Katzew and Susan Deans-Smith eds., Race and Classification. The Case of Mexican America (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009): 43-72

"This Noble and Illustrious Art": Painters and the Politics of Guild Reform in Early Modern Mexico City." In Mexican Soundings: Essays In Honor of David A. Brading, eds., Susan Deans-Smith and Eric Van Young (London: Brookings Institute Press, 2007): 67-98

"Creating the Colonial Subject: Casta Paintings, Curiosities and Collectors in Eighteenth Century Mexico and Spain." Colonial Latin American Review, vol. 14 2 (December) 2005: 169-204

"Native Peoples of the Gulf Coast from the Colonial Period to the Present," in The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas (MesoAmerica) Vol. II, Part 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000): 274-302

"The Arena of Dispute," in Mexico's New Cultural History ¿Una Lucha Libre? eds. Susan Deans-Smith and Gil Joseph (Duke University Press, 1999): 203-208 (Special Issue of the Hispanic American Historical Review, 79, No. 2)

 "Gender, Morality and Work Discipline - the Working Poor, Public Order, and the Colonial State in Eighteenth Century Mexico," in Rituals of Rule, Rituals of Resistance: Public Celebrations and Popular Culture in Mexico, eds. William H. Beezely, Cheryl E. Martin, and William E. French (Scholarly Resources, Inc., 1994): 47-77

"Culture, Power, and Society in Colonial Mexico," Latin American Research Review 33, No. 1 (1998): 257-277

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