The Benson Latin American Collection at The University of Texas at Austin offers a unique archival vantage point to study the colonial, republican, and modern histories of Latin America and the Caribbean. From that platform, this interdisciplinary conference will explore evolving practices, philosophies, and politics of archival work; identify ways to improve access to cultural heritage; and foment community engagement and empowerment. The conference brings together leading and up-and-coming scholars, archivists, social activists, and digital humanities practitioners. In assembling this diverse group, the organizers seek to strengthen archival networks while also activating dialogues between and among U.S., Iberian, and Latin American academic communities working on and with archival materials.
While significant scholarly work has engaged in the “archival turn,” and pioneering scholarship has considered the role of archives for the North Atlantic world, relatively less consideration has been given to the early-modern Iberian Atlantic and subsequent Latin American and Caribbean worlds. This, despite the fact that Latin American archives have historically played critical roles in state-building processes, enabling academic research, safeguarding national memory creation, empowering communities, or even contributing to post-conflict reconciliation efforts. Furthermore, recent developments in the digital humanities as related to Latin America and the Caribbean are expanding and reformulating archival practices of display, outreach, and collaboration in ways that seek to democratize access. In short, centering the conference on Latin America allows for a rethinking of archival practices and their ethical and political implications on a global scale.
This collection preserves and provides long-term access to the presentations given at the conference.
(LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, 2022-02-24) Del Castillo, Lina; Sellers-García, Sylvia; Tortorici, Zeb; Achim, Miruna; Pacheco, Adriana; Salgado, César A; Mateo Calderón, José Manuel
This panel will center on collecting, understood as the process of categorizing things as similar and then bringing them together into the same space, be it in physical or virtual forms. Each process of collecting has a history, and the collectibles themselves each also have stories to tell. The case studies explored here include tangible objects, such as documents or artifacts, as well as intangibles, such as literary narratives. By opening an interdisciplinary dialogue on narratives of collecting and collecting narratives in Latin America, we hope to highlight diverse ways of understanding processes behind the creation of archives.
(LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, 2022-02-24) Ordorica, Camila; Wasson, Christina; Borja, Jaime; Villarroel, Carolina; Lillehaugen, Brooke; Stampa, Inez; Cámara Rodríguez, Vicente Arruda; de Vecchi, María
The expansion of digital humanities has started to redefine how we think of, and with, archives — not only in terms of provenance, selection, and preservation of documents, but also in terms of accessibility and use. Big-data tools have also streamlined ways of tracing how users interact with online collections — often informing the digital projects themselves. This panel seeks to identify the archival dimensions of select public-facing digital humanities projects by centering the user. All projects developed here have made real-world objects and documents that are not necessarily located in one physical space available for broad public access via virtual space. Questions to explore include the ethical, political, pedagogical, and technological considerations and challenges that have gone into making these collections available to a broader, engaged public.
(LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, 2022-02-25) Núñez, Janette; Weld, Kirsten; Arbino, Daniel; Bautista, Cecilia; Paz Vergara, María; Flores, Celina; Seijas, Tatiana
Different communities in Latin America have sought to have their political rights recognized through the gathering of documentation and the collection of memories. The presentations in this panel demonstrate how communities have documented their experiences of human rights abuses, their territorial claims, or their right to exist as a distinct cultural group. These stories do not often sit comfortably with dominant narratives. The process of recognizing — or el proceso de “(re)conocimiento” — matters precisely for that reason. Being cognizant of challenging truths as they have played out in the region may help us create more nuanced understandings about the ways communities and individuals can assert their right to have rights.
(LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, 2022-02-25) Nieto-Bello, Rafael; Granados, Rosario I; Cooley, Mackenzie; Konyushikhina, Nadezda; Favila, Mariana
The 16th-century Relaciones Geográficas y Topográficas allow us to delve into archival interdependence then and now. The Relaciones endeavored to describe and map hundreds of municipalities in the Spanish Empire in response to a standard questionnaire. The project was remarkably successful in gathering information. Although we have yet to fully grasp how this information was put to use, we do know that it circulated throughout imperial archival networks. As such, the Relaciones become a representative case study for understanding archival networks as mechanisms to make knowledge possible and visible in both the past and the present. Invited scholars and archivists will discuss the challenges involved in gathering vast amounts of documentation hosted by dozens of archives worldwide. They will do so to highlight the processes behind reconstructing the archival and epistemological networks that this corpus evidences, and showcase the pedagogical and research potential of digital tools that necessarily must be developed through inter-institutional collaboration.
Rol del Archivo de la Vicaría de la Solidaridad durante la dictadura militar en Chile y de cómo este ha sido la fuente principal para la búsqueda de verdad, justicia y reparación. Su valor en el pasado, en el presente y en el futuro.
The essay was written for the panel "‘(Re)Conociendo’ Community Rights through Archives and Memory," part of the 2022 Lozano Long Conference: Archiving Objects of Knowledge with Latin American. The essay examines the political claims made in the late 1590s by Antona, an African woman, who lived in Mexico's Black Pacific.
This is a presentation about The Reference Center for Political Struggles in
Brazil – “Revealed Memories”. Revealed Memories is a public initiative aimed
at the protection and dissemination of Brazilian documentary heritage from the
period of the military dictatorship (1964-1985) within the scope of the country
recent experience in transitional justice.
El presente estudio tiene por objetivo dar una visión del régimen jurisdiccional de las provincias de Madrid, Toledo y Ciudad Real, utilizando la tecnología GIS (a partir de "Las Relaciones Topográficas de Felipe II").
El presente trabajo explora las formas en que archivos y bibliotecas, como la
Nettie Lee Benson, enfrentan uno de los momentos más revolucionarios en la
literatura contemporánea: la diversidad temática y en género ocasionado por el
incremento de una producción literaria por escritoras latinoamericanas y el
incremento de casas editoriales que las publican tanto en papel como de forma
digital. Propone una revisión en la filosofía que rige la catalogación y organización
de volúmenes que responda a los cambios que este “tsunami literario” está
generando, en cuanto a temáticas, colaboraciones, innovaciones, y
En el proceso de desarrollo de las humanidades digitales, la última década se ha posibilitado el desarrollo de procesos complejos en la construcción de archivos no tradicionales y la exploración de sus metadatos a partir de diversas tecnologías. Este escrito toma como punto de partida el proyecto ARCA (Arte colonial americano), un portal cuyo objeto es elaborar un archivo visual de la pintura colonial americana, que hoy cuenta con 25 mil imágenes. De esta forma, se trata de mostrar cuáles son las ventajas de construir un archivo desde las humanidades digitales, y cómo un archivo visual intervenido con tecnologías digitales, permite formular nuevos interrogantes, o precisar las interpretaciones ya existentes.