Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Andean semiotics and the Quechua concept of Quilca

By Dr. Galen Brokaw

Tue, November 22, 2011 | BEN 2.104

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Dr. Galen Brokaw holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University. His primary area of specialization is colonial Latin America with emphases in historiography, indigenous writing, and Nahuatl language and culture. He is also interested in Andean studies and indigenismo and neo-indigenismo in the 19th and 20th centuries. His most recent book, A History of the Khipu (Cambridge U P, 2010), has revolutionized our understanding of the khipu as a semiotic system that stands in for writing, despite traditional allegations that Andean peoples had no writing but were only oral cultures. Other publications by Professor Brokaw are: "Ollantay, the Khipu, and Eighteenth-Century Neo-Inca Politics." Bulletin of the Comediantes 58.1 (2006): 31-56; "Ambivalence, Mimicry, and Stereotype in Fernández de Oviedo's Historia general y natural de las Indias: Colonial Discourse and the Caribbean Areíto." CR: The New Centennial Review 5.3 (2005): 143-165; "Toward Deciphering the Khipu." Journal of Interdisciplinary History 35.4 (2005): 571-589, among others.

This event is part of the Colonial Lecture Series.

Sponsored by: The Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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