4/3: Lecture on Nature, Empire and Nation

LLILAS Faculty Speaker Series
Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, Department of History
Presents his book
Nature, Empire, and Nation
Stanford University Press, 2007
Thursday, April 3, 2008
12:00 P.M.
Hackett Room, SRH 1.313, LLILAS
The University of Texas at Austin

Light Lunch Served
This collection of essays explores two traditions of interpreting and manipulating nature in the early-modern and nineteenth-century Iberian world: one instrumental and imperial, the other patriotic and national. Imperial representations laid the ground for the epistemological transformations of the so-called Scientific Revolutions. The patriotic narratives lie at the core of the first modern representations of the racialized body, Humboldtian theories of biodistribution, and views of the landscape as a historical text representing different layers of historical memory.
Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, received his PhD in History at the University Wisconsin-Madison in 1995. He is author of the award winning How to Write the History of the New World (Stanford University Press, 2001). His research interests include early modern Atlantic history; history of science and colonialism.
For more information, please contact Paloma Diaz (232.2409)

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