Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Lecture: "Digital Scholarship in the Americas Series: The Nahuatl/Nawat in Central America Project”

Mon, March 27, 2017 | Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

4:00 PM

Scholarship on historical Nahuatl, the "language of the Aztecs," is rich, deep, and focused overwhelmingly on the colonial period and central Mexico. But Nahua languages were also natively spoken in so-called peripheries like Chiapas, Guatemala, and El Salvador, where Nawat-Pipil survives to the present day although it is extremely endangered. This talk examines a corpus of nearly 50 colonial-era documents in Nahuatl from Central America, and considers how open access, interdisciplinary study, and transnational collaborations can advance historical knowledge of Mesoamerican languages and support revitalization efforts.

Laura Matthew, of Marquette University, is a historian of southern Mesoamerica during the Spanish colonial era. Currently, she is researching Indigenous trade and migration along the southern Pacific coast from Oaxaca to El Salvador during the violent sixteenth century, and continues to investigate the use of Nahuatl, the language of the Aztec empire, in Central America as director of the digital project "Nahuatl/Nawat in Central America." She serves on the editorial board and is reviews editor of the Asociación para el Fomento de los Estudios Históricos en Centroamérica.

As a guest of the Digital Scholarship in the Americas Series, Matthew also presents a workshop titled Crowdsourcing or Collaboration? Using Digital Tools to Promote Interdisciplinary Work.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz. To RSVP and receive event updates via Facebook, visit The Nahuatl/Nawat in Central America Project.

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