The Cultural Legacy of the Jesuits in Latin America - Call for Papers

Friday, 17 November, 2017
Monday, 11 September, 2017

One-day conference at the Institute of Latin American Studies, Senate House, London November 17, 2017

Keynote participants
Professor Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Professor of Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.
Professor Valerie Fraser, Professor Emerita in School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex.

2017 marks the 250-year anniversary of the expulsion of the Jesuits from Spanish territories. The Jesuits had a profound effect on the cultural and intellectual life of Latin America. When they were expelled in 1767 they were administering over 250,000 Indians in over 200 missions. The Jesuits pioneered 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 conference will explore these and related themes from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including their legacy today.

We welcome abstracts of up to 300 words for 15-20 minute papers. Please send abstracts and a brief biography to Professor Linda Newson at by Monday 11th September 2017. For general event enquiries, please contact