Mesoamerica, The Caribbean, and South America, 700-1700
Mesoamerica, The Caribbean, and South America, 700-1700 focuses on Central and South America and the Caribbean region in the period from ca. 700 to ca. 1700 as a critical site of conquest and colonialism, religious syncretism and exchange, and social and cultural interchange. The period in this region saw the rise of new nations, such as the Nahua (Aztec), Maya, and Inca, heterogeneous in every sense of the word. Intellectual, religious, and artistic fusion embodied new and vibrant categories and offer us a more global approach to “Medieval and Renaissance Studies.”
The so-called New World was a repository of medieval hopes and aspirations. Native American civilizations, however, were not simply waiting to be discovered. The peoples of the Americas, and those of Africa who were brought to the Americas, were critical to European exploration and colonization. Each had their own historical trajectories, but all adapted to, and were transformed by, the Old World in the New. The Old World, in its turn, was impacted no less profoundly by the Americas. Western thought, economy, and art continue to be transformed due to their interaction with the indigenous and transplanted African cultures of what became known as the Spanish and Portuguese Americas.
Submissions may be monographs or edited volumes of 70,000 or more words (particularly of interest in this regard are volumes which bring together the work of scholars from various disciplines and modern regions), or shorter “minigraphs” of 45,000 to 60,000 words.
|Geographical scope||Central and South America and the Caribbean|
|Chronological scope||ca. 700 to ca. 1700, with some flexibility either side|
|Keywords||indigenous peoples; Mesoamerica; pre-Columbian cultures European colonization; spiritual conquest; Christianization; religious syncretism|
Dr. Ryan Kashanipour
Dr. Kashanipour is Scholar in Residence and affiliated faculty in the Center for Latin American Studies and History at the University of Arizona. He is an interdisciplinary scholar of medicine and science specializing in health, disease, and environmental change in indigenous Mesoamerica and the Spanish Atlantic World.