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Writing the Archives III: The Poetics of the Archives

201, Casa Hispánica
612 W 116th street
Columbia University
New York, NY, 10027

 

Oct. 26:

9:30 Reception of the participants – Coffee

10:00 Opening Jesús Velasco

10-30-12 First Session (Chair: Javiera Irribarren)

Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University) — Respondent: Tamara Hache

Judith Revel (Paris Nanterre): Archive/archives: from the archeology of knowledge to the poetics of tiny lives — Respondent: Iuri Bauler

12-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3 Second Session (Chair: Manuela Luengas)

Agnieszka Karpowicz (University of Warsaw-IPC): Telling the Archive. Social Archives in contemporary Poland – Speech, Geography, Identity — Respondent: Małgorzata Mazurek

Graciela Montaldo (Columbia University-LAIC): Suspicion, Uprooting, and Politicization — Respondent: Tamara Hache

3-3:30 Break

3:30-5 Third Session (Chair: Ramón Flores Pinedo)

Reinhold Martin (Columbia University-GSAPP): Sources: Excerpts from a Media History of Nature — Respondent: Pablo Justel

Piotr Kubkowski (University of Warsaw-IPC): A Silent History of Polish Bodies. Between Ignorance and Instrumentalization of Early Modern Sports Archives — Respondent: Eliza Cushman Rose

 

Oct. 27

9:30 Breakfast

10-11:30 First Session (Chair: Pablo Justel)

Roland Béhar (ENS-Paris- LILA): Cervantes and the Spanish fiction of the Archive — Respondent: Farah Dih

Esteban Buch (EHESS-CRAL): On the Aesthetics of Document: The Case of Aliados, an Opera by Sebastian Rivas — Respondent: Eduardo Vergara

11:30-1 Second Session (Chair: Tamara Hache)

Marie-Jeanne Zennetti (Lyon 2-Le Laboratoire): The Unmaking of the Archives: Literature, Social Sciences and the Documentary Turn — Respondent: Brais Lamela

Annick Louis (Reims University-CRAL): Before the Archives. From personal intellectual workspace to archival openness — Respondent: Manuela Luengas

1-2 Lunch

2-4 Third Session (Chair: Farah Dih)

Aurélie Vialette (Stony Brook): Concealment of Forced Labor: Slave trader Antonio López y López and the General Tobacco Company in the Philippines — Respondent: Lexie Cook

Nuria de Castilla (EPHE): In the Margins of Memory — Respondent: Ramón Flores Pinedo

Ann L. Stoler (The New School): The Disquiets of Writing in a Colonial Field — Respondent: Iuri Bauler

4-4:30 Pause

4:30 Alex Gil (Columbia University): Aimé Césaire and the Digital Archive

5:00-6:00 Debate and Conclusion

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Nicole Hughes: “Fiestas Fit for a King”: Mimetic Usurpation & Rebellion in New Spain”

MIME — Medieval Iberia, Modern Empire
Series: “Poetics of the Archive”
“Fiestas Fit for a King”: Mimetic Usurpation & Rebellion in New Spain
Nicole Hughes, Stanford University
Workshop: Book in progress
November 8, Thursday
Location: Casa Hispánica 201, 6pm
Sponsors: LAIC, ICLS, Columbia University, Paris PSL, ENS Paris
Abstract:
What could it mean when settlers in New Spain adopted images and participated in ceremonies that were the exclusive privilege of the Spanish Crown? Following the death of the viceroy in 1564, royal officials in Mexico City watched with trepidation as the conquistadors’ sons started incorporating symbols of royal power into their fiestas. Amidst rumors that the king would abolish their privileges, these settlers showed through processions, banquets, and tournaments that the sacrifices of their fathers in the conquest merited their rewards. Officials considered the festivities centering on Martín Cortés—his entrances, his seal, and his tableware—more fitting for a king than the son of a conquistador. Their interpretations became increasingly suspicious: could the settlers’ celebrations actually be rehearsals for a dramatic overthrow of the viceroyalty? This presentation uses this singular case to theorize the relationship between representation and power and to examine the threat that imitation presented to the king’s sovereignty overseas.
Files attached:
1) Cañeque, The King’s Living Image:
2) Marin, Portrait of the King
3) Moxey, “Visual Studies and the Iconic Turn”
Tira de Tepechpan:
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Bio:
Nicole T. Hughes is a postdoctoral fellow in the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the early modern Iberian worlds, especially New Spain and Brazil.
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The Project

Writing the Archives III: The Poetics of the Archives 

The third event organized in two years of the project, “Writing the Archives”, is planned for November 2018 and should take place at Columbia University in the City of New York. The title of the conference is “The Poetics of the Archives”. The first event of the project, entitled “Writings of the Archives I: literature, literary studies and archives”, took place in Paris, in January 2017. As indicated in the title, was mainly dedicated to literature, literary studies and archives and their mutual implications within an interdisciplinary perspective. The aim of the second, “Writings of the Archives II: “Archives and artistic creation”, in Warsaw, in December 2017 was to interrogate the relations between archives, art history and contemporary artistic practices. Continue reading “The Project”

Annick Louis, “En passant par les archives…”

Si dans certaines disciplines, comme l’histoire, les archives sont familières, qu’on se pose la question de leur statut ou pas, leur pertinence dans les études littéraires semble moins évidente. La position centrale de la notion d’archives pour les historiens, vient du fait qu’elles sont le fondement de la connaissance, le référent réel du discours et son garant de l’ambition de vérité, le lien matériel avec le passé, le lieu où s’engage, en tant que trace, la réflexion sur l’histoire prise dans le temps entre passé et présent[1]. Cependant, les historiens acceptent (généralement) aujourd’hui, le fait que les sources ne constituent pas le matériau brut sur lequel l’historien mène ses expérimentations ou du moins auquel l’historien pose ses questions : les archives sont construites, et elles le sont trois fois : par la société, par les agents qui interviennent dans l’opération de sélection et de « mise en archive » (c’est-à-dire la transformation du document en archive), et par les historiens/chercheurs en sciences sociales[2]. Continue reading “”

Participants

Esteban Buch (Buenos Aires, 1963) is a professor of music history at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. A specialist of the relationships between music and politics in the twentieth century, he is the author of Trauermarsch. L’Orchestre de Paris dans l’Argentine de la dictature (Seuil, 2016), Le cas Schönberg. Naissance de l’avant-garde musicale (Gallimard, 2006), and Beethoven’s Ninth. A Political History (The University of Chicago Press, 2003), among other books. He is also the coeditor of Composing for the State : Music in Twentieth Century Dictatorships (Ashgate, 2016) and other collective works. He has written opera librettos, including Sebastian Rivas’s Aliados. Un opéra du temps réel (2013).

Esteban par Juliette

Nuria de Castilla is Professor of “History and Codicology of the Manuscript Book in the Islamicate World” at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris).

She has been lecturing in Madrid (Complutense University), Barcelona (Pompeu Fabra University), Paris (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Études), London (Warbug Institute) and Ottawa (Carleton University), and she has been invited as a visiting professor at the National Library of Israel (Jerusalem), Biblioteca Ambrosiana (Milan), University of Boulder (Colorado) and Columbia University (New York). She spent several years as a researcher in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Spanish National Research Council (Madrid) and the Warburg Institute (London). From 2011, she has been organizing on a regular basis courses of History and Codicology of Arabic manuscripts in the Complutense University and in the library of San Lorenzo de El Escorial monastery.

She has published Una biblioteca morisca entre dos tapas (2010), Manuscritos aljamiados y coránicos de la biblioteca Tomás Navarro Tomás (2011), Documentos y manuscritos árabes en el Occidente musulmán (2010), or Qur’anic manuscripts in the Western Islamic World (2017) and several papers mainly focused on the production and transmission of the written culture in Islamic Spain and the Maghreb between the 15th and 17th centuries.

Nuria de Castilla is currently the scientific coordinator of the ERC Project “Saadian Intellectual Cultural Life” (2016-2021), focused on the study of the Arabic Collection kept in the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial’s library since the beginning of the 17th century. Her main research topics are the History of the Arabic manuscript book, Codicology, History of the libraries, Islamo-Christian relations in the Early Modern Period, Aljamiado Literature and Production and transmission of Qur’anic manuscripts in the Islamic West.NMC.jpg