IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 745: (Mis)Remembering First Encounter, I: The 'New World'

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Claudia Rogers, School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Paper 709-aFor Their Own Good: Re-Writing the Conquest of Mexico
(Language: English)
Amy Fuller, Department of History, Languages & Global Culture, Nottingham Trent University
Index terms: Anthropology, Archives and Sources, Religious Life
Paper 745-b'Come! Come to see the people from Heaven!': Deconstructing the Myth of the White Gods in Christopher Columbus's Accounts of His First Voyage to the New World, 1492-1493
(Language: English)
Claudia Rogers, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Anthropology, Archives and Sources, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Religious Life

In light of the IMC 2018’s thematic strand on ‘Memory’, this session seeks to explore the ways in which first encounters between Indigenous peoples and Europeans have been (mis)remembered or (mis)represented, in both the historical record and modern scholarship. With a religious focus, its papers will engage with the methodological challenges surrounding the ‘reading’ of early colonial sources, particularly with regards to accessing Indigenous perspectives and worldviews (pre- and post-conquest). Ranging from the first Caribbean encounter in 1492 to early colonial Mexico, the session has a global outlook, and, we hope, will speak to the IMC’s new strand of Global Medieval Studies.