Resident Lecture Series

Presentations will occur online via Zoom promptly at Noon

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February 22: Spring Graduate Scholars in Residence

Collage of three photos each graduate student selected to represent their upcoming lecture. One photo is credited as Namsa Leuba. La déesse hit 1. Illusions, 2018. Photograph and it features a giant blue human-like creature sitting by the water wearing a grass skirt, a large floral neckpiece and other accesories.. Another photo is a black and white photo credited to Wolfgang Thieme and features a crowd all looking in one direction but we cannot see what they are looking at. The final photo is also a Black and White photo which features a group photo of of Mexican women who participated in La Liga Hispano Americana Femenina.

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  • Eric Disbro, Department of French and Francophone Studies &  Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

“Effluvial Ethics: Situating the Trans/Non-Binary Body and Nuclear Toxicity in Chantal T. Spitz’s Elles, terre d’enface: roman à deux encres”

  • Paulina Rodriguez, Department of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

“The Struggle for Mexicanidad: Sporting Citizenship and Women’s Sport in San Antonio, 1920-1950”

  • Duncan Lien, Department of Comparative Literature and German

“Our New MaHalle: The Bilingual Political Imaginary of Turkish-German Literature”


March 15: Amanda Scott, Assistant Professor of History

Image of travelers in Galicia.

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Walk the Line: Pilgrims, Vagabonds, and Violence in Early Modern Spain

In this talk, I consider the ways in which pilgrimage, homelessness, and poverty overlapped. We often think about early modern pilgrims as holy travelers, traveling for religious and spiritual reasons, but the reality was far more complex: the pilgrim hospital network, and the social support of traveling and living with other poor, disabled, and marginalized individuals, attracted a wide range of people. Some briefly walked as pilgrims until they found work or new homes; others lived as pilgrims for the long term, moving from one pilgrim hospital to the next, with no clear destination. The stress and tensions of this difficult peripatetic life understandably provoked conflict and violence. Drawing from the archives of Navarre and Aragon, this talk gives voice to the unfortunate pilgrims—both victims and perpetrators—whose travels brought them not to holy sites but to courts and through their experiences, sheds light on how definitions pilgrim versus vagrant criminal were largely a matter of chance and circumstance.

March 29: Christina Snyder, McCabe Greer Professor of the American Civil War Era, Department of History 

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Slavery after the Civil War: Abolition in Indian Territory

Over the course of the Civil War, the U.S. federal government adopted an emancipation policy that became enshrined in the Thirteenth Amendment, ratified in 1865. In the war’s aftermath, northerners and southerners reconciled through the conquest of the West, confronting Native nations and colonists from other empires. These western people also practiced diverse forms of bondage rooted in their own histories, laws, and customs. Championing liberty under a reunified federal government, Americans had to consider their own histories of slavery as well as the varied forms of bondage they found in the West: What counted as slavery? Who should be liberated? Which practices should be ignored, tolerated, or even encouraged? Focusing on Indian Territory (what is now Oklahoma), this talk examines how and why abolition and imperialism became entwined as the United States claimed moral authority over foreign people and western land.

April 5: Jacob F. Lee, Assistant Professor of History 

Map of Indian territory 1836

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Legal Jurisdiction and the Struggle for Sovereignty in Early Indian Territory

During the 1830s and 1840s, the U.S. policy of Indian Removal and the creation of Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma and Kansas forced diverse Indigenous nations to live as neighbors. Western nations found themselves confined to a portion of their former territory and living next to strangers and sometimes enemies whom the United States had expelled from their homelands in the East. Indigenous nations navigated these new relationships, in part, by negotiating procedures for handling international crimes like murder, theft, and bootlegging. In 1843, five years after the Cherokee Trail of Tears, the Osage and Cherokee Nations formalized how they would handle such matters to prevent individual grievances from igniting broader conflict between the two nations. Additionally, this agreement was an attempt to keep the United States from further meddling in the governance of these nations. During this era, the United States used its court system to insinuate itself in matters of jurisdiction – and, by extension, citizenship and sovereignty – in Indian Territory. Examining these questions of legal jurisdiction sheds new light on the strategies Indigenous nations used to defend their sovereignty in this tumultuous era, as well as the efforts of the United States to exert control over Indian Territory.

April 19: Martha Few, Professor of Latin American History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

“Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977, Petén, Flores, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, Defunciones, 1793-1912,” database and digital images, (, accessed November 2022)

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Indigenous Cultural Frameworks, Local Colonialisms, and the Postmortem Cesarean Operation in Colonial Latin America and the Philippines

During the twentieth century, the cesarean operation became an increasingly common procedure employed on women from which both the woman and the fetus were fully expected to recover. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, however, this was not the case, and the operation was almost exclusively performed on women who were already deceased. This talk, an excerpt from a book project in process, addresses the ways that Indigenous cultural frameworks, gendered reproductive knowledge, and local colonialisms informed and shaped the postmortem cesarean operation as knowledge of the procedure traveled over time and space in the Spanish Empire. It uses case studies of a series of cesareans that took place in a mission in colonial Guatemala during a smallpox epidemic as an entry point to begin to explore the ways that Indigenous cultures and local conditions, as well as earlier histories of religion and conversion in specific colonial settings, influenced and shaped ideas about the postmortem cesarean operation as knowledge of the procedure traveled. The case studies are contextualized with Indigenous language postmortem cesarean manuals, Indigenous-Spanish language dictionaries, bilingual confessional manuals, and related materials regarding Mesoamerican, Andean, and Filipino ideas and cultures of pregnancy, fetal development, and childbirth as evidence for the ways that Indigenous medical practices and religious cultures in specific colonial locations interacted with the cesarean campaigns and shaped their implementation.