Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Photographs of Indigenous People: Standardized Fictions or Depicted Identities? A Comparative Study between Argentina and Peru

May 7th, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM

Latin American Library Conference Room
Howard Tilton Memorial Library

Latin American Library Greenleaf Fellow Geraldine Gluzman will give a talk entitled “Photographs of Indigenous People: Standardized Fictions or Depicted Identities? A Comparative Study between Argentina and Peru.” The talk will be in English.

Dr. Geraldine Gluzman is a researcher at University of Buenos Aires-Conicet in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her Ph.D. in Archaeology in 2011. Her research covers three major areas: technical, iconographic and ethno-historical studies in order to recognize changes in this topic. Her current research focuses on social complexity through the analysis of pre-Hispanic metallurgical technology in Northwestern Argentina.

Talk Abstract:
My presentation analyses photographs and images of indigenous people from Argentina and Peru during the period 1850-1950. Since these two countries have developed their respective national identities through sharply contrasting material and symbolic elements, we expect to see differences in the image collections of the Latin American Library. By analyzing the different layers that converge to produce the photographic text, I hope to evaluate if the images of indigenous people from Argentina and Peru are responding to a representation system promoted by a nationalist discourse and notions of progress, if they are guided by an epoch’s style that shaped the manner in which the photographs were taken, or if they seek to portray the social identities photographed. In addition in this exposition, I will reflect on theoretical and methodological challenges in studying these holdings from the perspective of an archaeologist.

This event is made possible by the Richard E. Greenleaf Endowment at The Latin American Library.


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