This panel will center on collecting, understood as the process of categorizing things as similar and then bringing them together into the same space, be it in physical or virtual forms. Each process of collecting has a history, and the collectibles themselves each also have stories to tell. The case studies explored here include tangible objects, such as documents or artifacts, as well as intangibles, such as literary narratives. By opening an interdisciplinary dialogue on narratives of collecting and collecting narratives in Latin America, we hope to highlight diverse ways of understanding processes behind the creation of archives.
Moderator: Lina Del Castillo, Associate Professor of Latin American History, The University of Texas at Austin
Discussant: Sylvia Sellers-García, Professor of History, Boston College
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Thursday, February 24, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
On the day of the panel, the moderator will briefly introduce each participant. Then, each panelist will have five minutes to present the main points of their papers. The discussant will then offer comments for about 25-30 minutes. Each panelist will have 5 minutes to respond to the discussant. The moderator will then open the floor for questions and answers.
Erotic Archival Imaginaries: Collecting, Archiving, and Destroying Pornography in Mexico
Zeb Tortorici, New York University
Jade drawers and speculative cartographies: collecting, storing, and configuring Mesoamerica since the nineteenth century
Miruna Achim, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Cuajimalpa
Escritoras que no existen. Repensando la función del archivo frente a la producción literaria contemporanea
Adriana Pacheco, Founder/Producer, Hablemos Escritoras Podcast
Boom and Bust: Locating Revolution in the Benson Collection’s Julio Cortázar Papers
César A. Salgado, The University of Texas at Austin
Los papeles y los días (terrenales) de José Revueltas
José Manuel Mateo Calderón, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México