Depictions of Indigenous Identities in the North and the South

Depictions of indigenous local practices, narratives and traditions in the Early Modern era have been rendered through a vast and heterogeneous array of writings. Converging in narrative motifs and rhetorical habits, chorographical descriptions, travel accounts and scholarly reports often universalize representations of the Other. Both in the North and the South and throughout different denominations, the transcultural legacies resulting from these depictions have shaped indigenous self-representations as significantly as the outsider’s view. In this seminar we will explore differences and similarities of understanding the indigenous categories in Early Modern European thinking.

Organizers: POCLAT in collaboration with SESAM


1015:   Welcome. Prof. Carlos Cabanillas’ opening presentation

1030:   The construction of the Indian and the Savage in a comparative perspective: peoples, places, and discourses. Keynote speaker Joan-Pau Rubiés, ICREA Research Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

1145:   The contribution and conception of indigenous sources in Johannes Schefferus’ accounts of Sápmi (1673 - 1682). Andreas Klein, PhD candidate at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway.

1230:   Lunch

1330:   The Conversion of Piritu: cultural practices and indigenous discourses in the missionary relations of colonial Venezuela. Roxana Sarion, PhD candidate at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway.

1415:  The constitutions of religions in the construction and destruction of Santiago de Talamanca (1605 - 1610). Prof. Bjørn Ola Tafjord at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway.

1500:   Closing remarks

Keynote speaker

Joan-Pau Rubiés is ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). An internationally renowned scholar of history, prof. Rubiés focuses on the study of cross-cultural encounters in the early modern world, from a perspective combining the contextual analysis of ethnographic sources with the intellectual history of early modern Europe.

After obtaining his PhD degree at the University of Cambridge, funded with an external studentship from King's College (1987-1991), he was subsequently Research Fellow at Queens's College, Cambridge, and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. In 1994 he became Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Reading, and in 1999 he joined the Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been twice visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études (Paris and Marseille).

He is currently leading a Research Project on Ethnographies, Religious Missions and Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern World.


Når: 13.10.17 kl 10.15–15.00
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