Lina Del Castillo has earned honorable mention

Lina Del Castillo of the University of Texas has earned honorable mention from the Sturgis Leavitt Award for Best Article committee for her article entitled “Entangled Fates: French-Trained Naturalists, the First Colombian Republic, and the Materiality of Geopolitical Practice, 1819-1830,” published in the Hispanic American Historical Review.

The committee found her article a fascinating and truly transatlantic history that brought together French science, Colombian independence, and even Ecuador.

Nesvig has earned honorable mention for Promiscuous Power

Martin A. Nesvig of the University of Miami earned an honorable mention for his book entitled Promiscuous Power: An Unorthodox History of New Spain from the Alfred B. Thomas Book Award Committee.

The committee said of his book, “Nesvig employs archival research to construct a narrative of local politics in early colonial Mexico. In contrast to many authors that discuss either colonial power or indigenous resistance, he brings to light the resistance of Michoacán’s Spanish residents to the imposition of power by both the state and the church. With chapter titles such as ‘I Shit on You, Sir; or rather, An Unorthodox Lot of Catholics Who Didn’t Fear the Inquisition,’ Nesvig provides a humorously irreverent portrait of New Spain beyond Tenochtitlán.”

Congratulations from SECOLAS.

Submit your conference paper!

Consider submitting your conference paper for possible publication in the Annals issue of SECOLAS’ peer-reviewed journal The Latin Americanist. See below for further information. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2019

Contact Dr. Gregory Crider or Dr. Jürgen Buchenau if you have any questions.

URGENT – General Business Meeting postponed to 5:45pm

The General Business Meeting will start today at 5:45pm to allow all present members of the Executive Committee to attend from the start.

Tips for Travelers in Oaxaca

Many thanks to Carlos Sanchez Silva and Miguel Tinker Salas for providing this information for our participants.

Oaxaca 2019 – The official program is live!

¡Vamos a Oaxaca!

A day with Fundación En Vía

On Wednesday, March 27, attendees of the 66th annual meeting will have the opportunity to join Fundación En Vía, a non-profit organization that works to empower women to better support themselves and their families. We use funds generated through responsible tourism to provide interest-free loans and educational programs to entrepreneurial women in 5 communities in the Tlacolula Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. 

The organization’s tours offer a unique glimpse into life in Oaxaca through the perspective of individual artisans and business women. We visit small communities just outside of the city of Oaxaca where you will meet hard-working, optimistic, and problem-solving women who are part of En Vía’s microloan program. You will hear directly from these women about their businesses, their communities, and their experiences with micro-finance.

The tours highlight artisanal trades, traditional foods, local economy, and of course En Vía’s micro-finance model.

Participants will gain not only a better understanding of the challenges of life here – in the second poorest state of Mexico – but also help provide a viable path out of poverty. We use your tour donation to fund our loan and education programs.  

For further information, contact us at

Oaxaca 2019 – Day Trips are now open for registration and payment

If you arrive in Oaxaca early or stay late, we have some excursion opportunities for your consideration.

Check out the following day trip options:

Click here for further information about Fundación En Vía.

Registration for these excursions will close on Friday, March 8, 2019.

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Registration for Oaxaca 2019 is now open!

¡Oye! Conference registration is now open for Oaxaca 2019.

Complete the conference registration form.

Pay your conference registration fees here.

Rates until January 15, 2019

  • Professional membership and early bird conference: $130 and includes
    • faculty, independent scholars, and university staff based in the U.S.
  • Discounted membership and early bird conference: $100 and includes
    • students
    • post-docs
    • contingent faculty
    • scholars based outside of the U.S.
    • emeritus faculty

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