Colonial Resonance Graduate Student Conference
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José Rabasa, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature, Harvard University
Peter Gose, Professor of Anthropology, Carleton University
The musical concept of resonance, prevalent during the seventeenth century, suggested that a passive string could begin to vibrate without being struck if it shared a frequency with one that was being played, despite the distance between them. As the field of colonial Latin American studies turns away from the strict binaries of “conqueror” and “conquered” toward a more multivalent model of negotiation and contestation, space has opened up to explore questions of indirect interactions. This conference will serve as a soundboard for these resonances across various disciplines, each capturing a different aspect of the colonial experience.