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CASTA PAINTINGS IN A RACIALIZED SPANISH COLONIAL WORLD

CASTA PAINTINGS IN A RACIALIZED SPANISH COLONIAL WORLD

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“Casta” is an Iberian word meaning “lineage.” In Spanish America, the word described race as well as socioeconomic status. Despite the colonizers’ desire to keep the races separate in a Republic of Spaniards and a Republic of Indians, mestizaje (racial mixture) proliferated, and by the eighteenth century, phenotype could no longer guarantee superior social standing. This lecture explores the role of casta paintings in explaining the complications of race and creating order out of an increasingly confusing colonial society.
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Willie Hiatt

Willie Hiatt, a Kentucky native, is an Associate Professor of History at Long Island University, Post Campus, and a former Society for the Humanities Fellow at Cornell University (2019-20). He’s the author of The Rarified Air of the Modern: Airplanes and Technological Modernity in the Andes (Oxford University Press, 2016). His current research is an oral history project examining how Peruvians experienced electrical blackouts after Maoist insurgents dynamited high-tension towers during the Shining Path movement (1980-92).

Lecture Details

Program

Sessions

1 lecture(s)
Day & Time

Thursday, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Date(s)

Feb 22, 2024