This initiative aims to promote study of the cultures of the Ibero-American World through their material artifacts, across space, time, media and methodology and irrespective of institutional and national divisions.

A series of projects bringing together scholars from around the world, whether independent or based in universities, museums, institutes, cultural institutions or business, aims to illuminate and shape the history of the Ibero-American material world, from pre-contact to the present.

For additional information about presentations please visit wiki for The Cisneros Seminar in the Material Cultures of the Iberoamerican World

October 12, 5:00-8:00 pm: Symposium

Miruna Achim, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa
“Mexican antiquities for mounted birds (Or, how to build a National Museum, Mexico City, ca 1828)”

Irina Podgorny, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
“The Mighty Skeletons and the Cultural Geography of the Americas”

Stefanie Gänger, History Faculty, Cambridge University
“Relics of the Past. The Collecting and Study of Incan Artefacts in Cuzco, 1830s-1900”

Alessandra Russo, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University

October 13, 12:00-1:30 pm: Lunchtime Talks
Miruna Achim
“Of Signs and Stones: The Origins of Mexican Antiquarianism, Mexico City, 1792”

Irina Podgorny
“Things that Travel: Mummies, Manuscripts, and Traveling Museums (in the 19th Century)”

October 14 12-130 pm: Luncthime talks

Stefanie Gänger
“Recent Trends on the History of Archaeology in Latin America”

What is Material Culture from the Americas?