The Program in Latin American Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Political Science welcome Dr. Bret Gustafson (Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis) for a lecture on the Resource Conflicts in Latin America Today: Geographies of Oil, Gas, and Minerals on November 28, 2017 at 4:00pm in Mergenthaler Hall 426.
A Rock and An Art Place: Inka Stone Carving in Context by Carolyn Dean of the University of California, Santa Cruz
Inka stone carving as practiced on immobile boulders and outcroppings of rock, located outdoors and often in highly public locations, has proved challenging to art historical analysis. Its mostly abstract forms resist interpretation. Focusing on one of the better documented examples of stone carving—an impressive outcrop named Collaconcho by the Inkas—Dean considers the significance of specific abstract forms, as well as the ways meaning was achieved through the juxtaposition of the outcrop with other worked stones in Collaconcho’s environs. It will be suggested that, for Collaconcho and others like it, stone carving addressed imperial concerns regarding potentially resistant populations, but did so indirectly, employing visual analogy and what Dean identifies as an “empathetic perspective.”
Additional Events & Programs
PLAS Colloquia, Symposia, Seminars, and Workshops
PLAS invites leading scholars from both the United States and Latin America to participate in its events. PLAS events are venues for the sharing and discussion of cutting-edge scholarship related to Latin American and Latino Studies.
PLAS sponsors a small, thematically-focused annual conference organized by graduate students. Scholars from universities across the United States join the graduate students and faculty of the Johns Hopkins University to present and discuss research related to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Cultural Activities and Outreach
PLAS strives to promote the arts and cultures of Latin America and Latinos in the United States by sponsoring a range of cultural activities on the Homewood campus. Examples of recent initiatives include a photography exhibit, a film series, a concert, and a series of readings by prominent Latino and Latin American novelists. In addition, PLAS strives to connect with the wider Baltimore community. Most of its events are open to the public.