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

The 2018 Lozano Long Conference — Create, Consume, Collect: The Lives of Colonial Latin American ARTifacts

February 21–23, 2018
The University of Texas at Austin

In the aftermath of the Spanish conquest of the “New World” in the early sixteenth century, complex cultural negotiations developed among the indigenous populations living in the area and the Spaniards they encountered. Artifacts of all kinds, produced during three centuries of colonial domination, are silent but powerful witnesses to such negotiations and exchanges, embracing in their materiality the social relationships that allowed for their existence.

How does the analysis of material culture inform our understanding of social interactions? How do we understand the relationships that people from different backgrounds have with Spanish American artifacts today when they are perceived as “cultural heritage”? What are the ethical components of studying, preserving, collecting, and exhibiting material culture of the period? Why does the colonial past matter, and how could it help us shape the future?

The 2018 Lozano Long Conference, “Create, Consume, Collect: The Lives of Colonial Latin American ARTifacts,” will provide a forum to reflect on these questions.

Conference Resources

Learn more about the conference, and view the program of panels, at Lozano Long 2018.

For more information, contact Paloma Díaz. To RSVP and receive event updates on Facebook, visit Create, Consume, Collect.


Cosponsored by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and the Blanton Museum of Art


  • Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

    University of Texas at Austin
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    2300 Red River Street D0800
    Austin, Texas 78712