LECTURE: “Colonial Biopolitics: Bartolomé de las Casas and the Farming of Life in the Fields of Death.”

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 5pm to 6:30pm

280 N. McIlroy Ave., Fayetteville, AR

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LECTURE: “Colonial Biopolitics: Bartolomé de las Casas and the Farming of Life in the Fields of Death.”


DATE AND TIME:   Wednesday, Nov. 10 5 pm


PLACE: Kimpel Hall 102


Written the same year that Thomas More wrote his famous Utopia (1516) fray Bartolomé de las Casas wrote a treatise to the Spanish King with a detailed plan to construct a perfect colonial settlement where colonists and natives would live happy and prosperously. In other words, a colonial biopolitical project for the farming of life.



About the speaker


David Solodkow is an Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Director of the Center for Research (CIC) in the School of Arts and Humanities (Universidad de los Andes). His academic interest are colonial literature, race and ethnic representation, national identity formation, biopolitics and cultural studies. Author of the following books: Ficción biopolítica y eugenesia en el Martín Fierro (Ediciones Uniandes, 2014); Etnógrafos coloniales. Alteridad y escritura en la Conquista de América. (Siglo XVI) (Iberoamericana / Vervuert, 2014); Co- editor of Sujetos múltiples. Colonialidad, indigenismo y feminismo. Homenaje a Betty Osorio (with Carolina Alzate Cadavid. Ediciones Uniandes. 2014); Perspectivas sobre el Renacimiento y el Barroco (Ediciones Uniandes. 2011); and Poéticas de lo criollo. La transformación del concepto ‘criollo’ en las letras hispanoamericanas (siglos XVI al XIX) (with Juan Vitulli, Corregidor, 2009). 





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