Cultural Worlds of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin America

Cultural Worlds of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin America
22 July 2020, 5.00pm - 6.30pm
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Book Launch


Linda Newson (ILAS)

Guillermo Wilde (CONICET, Argentina)

Sabine Hyland (St Andrews)

This online event will launch the volume Cultural Worlds of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin America, edited by Linda A Newson.

The Jesuits’ colonial legacy in Latin America is well-known. They pioneered an interest in indigenous languages and cultures, compiling dictionaries and writing some of the earliest ethnographies of the region. They also explored the region’s natural history and made significant contributions to the development of science and medicine. On their estates and in the missions they introduced new plants, livestock, and agricultural techniques, such as irrigation. In addition, they left a lasting legacy on the region’s architecture, art and music.

The volume demonstrates the diversity of Jesuit contributions to Latin American culture. This volume is unique in considering not only the range of Jesuit activities but also the diversity of perspectives from which they may be approached. It includes papers from scholars of history, linguistics, religion, art, architecture, music, medicine and science.

The volume is available to download free of charge.

This free event will be held online, at 17:00 BST. Please note that it is essential that you register in advance to join the event. 

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Cathy Collins
020 7862 8738