Conférence d'Elizabeth Boone, lundi 7 juin 2010, 16h-18h, EPHE, salle Corbin, Sorbonne

Lundi 7 juin,  EPHE, salle Corbin (entrée 17, rue de la Sorbonne, escalier E, 1er étage)

Quatrième conférence d’Elizabeth Hill Boone

« The European Construction of Aztec Religion »
This session examines the functional and semiotic tensions between European and indigenous graphic codes in the cultural encyclopedias of early colonial Mexico (e.g., Codex Magliabechiano and its cognates, Codex Telleriano-Remensis and Vaticanus A/Ríos, and the pictorial codices of Sahagún and Durán). The images that are the foundation for the explanatory glosses and texts were extracted from their former matrix in traditional pictography and came to signify differently in the encyclopedias. They themselves became functionally and conceptually European at the same time that they adopted some European stylistic features. Moreover, European cultural classifications determined what knowledge was gathered and how it was organized. This session will show how encyclopedic project was fundamentally a European one, an outgrowth of earlier attempts to categorize and record the cultural practices of foreigners.

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