Historias 41 – Jane Mangan on 3-D printing and material culture in colonial Peru

Dr. Jane Mangan, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History and Latin American Studies at Davidson College, spoke with Steven about her research on non-elite women in Potosí and her work on how ideas of familial obligations crisscrossed the Atlantic in the colonial era. They also discuss her use of 3-D printing to bring to life material culture for her students.

Historias 41 – Jane Mangan

Additional resources:

Transatlantic Obligations: Legal and Cultural Constructions of Family in the Conquest-Era Peru and Spain (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

Trading Roles: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Urban Economy, Potosi, 1545-1700 (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005)

Jane on twitter

3D printed kero designed and painted by a group of Dr. Mangan’s students

Sistema Beat Andino created our intro and outro music, and you can check out the album Amuleto Mixtape here.

Historias 39 – Michelle Chase and Devyn Spence Benson on the Cuban Revolution

In this ‘State of the Field’ edition, Dr. Michelle Chase and Dr. Devyn Spence Benson spoke with Dustin and Steven about the historiography and current status of scholarship on the Cuban Revolution.

The conversation explores the evolution of the scholarship of Cuban Revolution 60 years on and how many scholars today are less interested in the leadership. Instead, researchers are increasingly interested in how the revolutionary period has been experienced by ordinary Cubans.

Historias 39 – Cuban Revolution. State of the Field.

Additional resources:

Michelle Chase, Revolution Within the Revolution: Women and Gender Politics in Cuba, 1952-1962 (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2015)

Devyn Spence Benson, Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2016)

Historias 33 – Lyman Johnson. Luminaries series.

In the inaugural episode of our Luminaries series, Steven spoke with Dr. Lyman Johnson, professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Lyman’s impact on Latin American history is broad and deep. Along with Mark Burkholder, he is author of Colonial Latin America and is the founding editor of the Diálogos series from the University of New Mexico Press.

Lyman’s research agenda has earned him three NEH awards and three Fulbrights. His Workshop of Revolution: Plebeian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776–1810 is the culmination of decades of research on the lives of non-elite in one of the most transformative epochs in the Americas.

Finally, his peers have recognized Lyman’s commitment to the field by awarding him the Distinguished Service Award from the Conference on Latin American History in 2015 and the Nason-Sadler Distinguished Service Award from Rocky Mountain Council of Latin American Studies in 2013.

Historias 33 – Lyman Johnson 1

Additional resources:

Have we loved the book to death?” 2015 CLAH Distinguished Service Award Lecture

‘A Lack of Legitimate Obedience and Respect’: Slaves and Their Masters in the Courts of Late Colonial Buenos Aires,” Hispanic American Historical Review 87, no. 4 (2007), 631-657.

With Zephyr Frank, “Cities and Wealth in the South Atlantic: Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro before 1860,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 48, no. 3 (2006), 634-668.

Historias 18 – Work-life balance (Winter repeat)

The team at Historias have wrapped up the semester and are enjoying a well-deserved winter break.

We’ll be back in the new year featuring conversations with such scholars as Lyman Johnson and deep dives into the states of the field of various topics including the Cuban Revolution, in light of its 60th anniversary. As always, thanks for listening.

In the meantime, enjoy this episode from our archive.

In this episode, Drs. Erika Edwards, Jackie Sumner, and Dave McLaughlin join Steven to discuss such challenges of academia for junior faculty as experiencing the pressures of insecure employment, navigating tenure requirements, and building lives off campus.

Historias 18 – Erika Edwards, Jackie Sumner and Dave McLaughlin on work-life balance

Historias 21 – Lisa Munro on pernicious stereotypes in Guatemala and life #withaPhD

Dr. Lisa Munro spoke with Carlos about her research on the emergence of negative stereotypes of indigenous populations in Guatemala in the 1930s. They also discuss life #withaPhD, building community through social media, and her work leading writing workshops aimed at helping scholars and authors achieve their writing and publishing goals.



Additional resources:

Lisa’s website


Lisa’s twitter feed


Lisa’s company

Historias 19 – Juan José Ponce-Vázquez on smuggling in the 17th century Spanish Caribbean

Dr. Juan José Ponce-Vázquez joined Carlos and Steven to discuss his research on smuggling in the 17th century Spanish Caribbean. They also discuss writing strategies for finishing the first book, the value of social media, work-life balance, and what lay on Juanjo’s research horizon.

Additional resources:

Juanjo’s twitter feed

Juan José Ponce-Vázquez, “Unequal partners in crime: masters, slaves and free people of color in Santo Domingo, c.1600–1650,” Slavery and Abolition 37, no. 4 (2016), 704-723

Archivo General de Indias

  • To get to the documents of the AGI, you have to click on the tab “Inventario Dinámico” and select Archive General de Indias in the dropdown menu. The sections with the archive with digitalized documents have a little camera next to their names.
  • The Portal of Spanish archives can be very clunky and temperamental. This post might be helpful to those starting to use it.

Archivo General de la Nación (Dominican Republic)

  • Under “Servicios de Información Documental”, click on “Fondos Documentales.” The portal is called Calameo, and it is often down.

Map of San Domingo in the island of Hispaniola – Montanus – 1671

Historias 3 – Erika Edwards

Steven speaks with Erika Edwards, assistant professor of Latin American history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, about her upcoming book on people of African-descent in Córdoba, Argentina, her role and goals as co-Executive Secretary of the Conference on Latin American History, and her community advocacy for Latinos in Charlotte.


Additional resources:

Department of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Conference on Latin American History

Latin Americans Working for Achievement

Call for Submissions – Moseley Student Paper Award

Graduate student presenters at the Nashville meeting may submit their revised conference paper to the Edward H. Moseley Student Paper Award competition.

The deadline to submit to the committee is Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by 5pm EST. Submissions must not be longer than 25 pages, including bibliography, endnotes and/or footnotes.

The Executive Committee of SECOLAS grants the three finalists the Richmond Brown Award for Graduate Student Scholarship. This small award will cover your annual membership dues, registration fees, and banquet ticket for SECOLAS’ annual meeting in Oaxaca, Mexico in spring 2019, during which the winner of the Moseley Award will be announced.

SECOLAS is unable to offer travel grants.

You may submit your conference paper to the following committee members:

Michael Pisani (2018) (Chair)
Department of Management
Central Michigan University

Melissa Birkhofer (2019)
Department of English
Western Carolina University

Joe Lenti (2020)
Department of History
Eastern Washington University

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