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The Forgotten Canopy: Ecology, Ephemeral Architecture, and Imperialism in the Caribbean, South American, and Transatlantic Worlds Conference 3: Imperialism – DAY 1
This project is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, and is co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and UCLA Latin American Institute.
Critical consideration of the interrelationships between ecologies and ephemeral architectures sets the stage for the theme of the third conference, which will address the imperial transformations of the Caribbean and South America and their impact on and entanglement with the larger early modern Atlantic world. Participating scholars in this conference will use studies of ephemeral architecture, especially thatched roofs, to focus attention on processes of imperialism and landscape transformation relating to Indigenous and Black Americans. In particular, this conference will highlight the complex ways in which Imperial authorities impacted, transformed, and were transformed by, long standing ecological practices and ephemeral architectural knowledge. In doing so, the conference underscores the vital role of ephemeral architecture, such as thatched roofs, in telling histories, even that of global empires, and thus is a reminder of the critical need for the study and preservation of this “Forgotten Canopy.”
Daniela Balanzátegui Moreno, University of Massachusetts Boston
Maria Paz Gutierrez, University of California, Berkeley
Jayur Madhusudan Mehta, Florida State University
Everett Osceola, Cultural Ambassador for the Seminole Tribe of Florida
Alice Samson, University of Leicester
José Antonio Sierra-Huelsz, Centro de Investigaciones Tropicales, Universidad Veracruzana
Lorena Tezanos Toral, Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)
Dell Upton, University of California, Los Angeles
Cheryl White, Anton de Kom University of Suriname