The 16th-century Relaciones Geográficas y Topográficas allow us to delve into archival interdependence then and now. The Relaciones endeavored to describe and map hundreds of municipalities in the Spanish Empire in response to a standard questionnaire. The project was remarkably successful in gathering information. Although we have yet to fully grasp how this information was put to use, we do know that it circulated throughout imperial archival networks. As such, the Relaciones become a representative case study for understanding archival networks as mechanisms to make knowledge possible and visible in both the past and the present. Invited scholars and archivists will discuss the challenges involved in gathering vast amounts of documentation hosted by dozens of archives worldwide. They will do so to highlight the processes behind reconstructing the archival and epistemological networks that this corpus evidences, and showcase the pedagogical and research potential of digital tools that necessarily must be developed through inter-institutional collaboration.
Moderator: Rafael Nieto-Bello, PhD student in History, The University of Texas at Austin
Commentator: Kelly McDonough, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Texas at Austin (Unlocking the Colonial Archive Project)
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Friday, February 25, 2:00 – 4:00 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.
Mapping the Memory of an Exhibition: The Relaciones Geográficas Maps at the Blanton
Rosario I. Granados, Associate Curator, Blanton Museum of Art
Knowing Nature, Knowing Empire in the Relaciones Geográficas
Mackenzie Cooley, Hamilton University
Aplicación de GIS en la reconstrucción del régimen señorial en España en la segunda mitad del Siglo XVI (a partir de las Relaciones Topográficas de Felipe II)
Nadezda Konyushikhina, Universidad Estatal M.V. Lomonósov de Moscú
México colonial temprano: estudio de caso sobre redes de conectividad en las Relaciones Geográficas utilizando un gazetteer del siglo XVI
Mariana Favila, Digging into Early Colonial Mexico