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Gendered Landscapes and the Politics of Time in Ancient Jequetepeque, Peru

Gendered Landscapes and the Politics of Time in Ancient Jequetepeque, Peru
15 Devonshire Place, room 200
Time: Feb 7th, 12:00 pm End: Feb 7th, 2:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Urban, Religion, Study of (FAS), Latin American, Information, Faculty of, History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Geography & Planning (FAS), before 400 BCE, Architecture, Landscape, Design, Archaeology, Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS)
Lunchtime lecture by Edward Swenson, Anthropology

The Latin American Studies Lunchtime Series is pleased to present:

Edward Swenson, Anthropology, University of Toronto

Gendered Landscapes and the Politics of Time in Ancient Jequetepeque, Peru

Rituals of place-making and historical reckoning among the Moche (AD 200-850) of the North Coast of Peru were commonly performed through the commemorative termination and re-dedication of ceremonial architecture. To be sure, anthropologists have shown that architectural renovation often relates to the “management of change,” explaining the consonance of building with rituals of time and social memory. An important objective of the lecture is to demonstrate how architectural renovations at the site of Huaca Colorada in the Jequetepeque Valley reified Moche conceptions of time as animated, creative, and violent, and as a phenomenon indivisible from gendered conceptions of place. A comparison with other Moche ceremonial centers further reveals that ritualized architectural reconstructions at Huaca Colorada exhibited idiosyncratic features, indicating the likely adoption of novel religious and political ideologies at the site during the Late Moche Period (AD 600-850). Moreover, evidence from rural settlements in Jequetepeque and from the expansive domestic zones of Huaca Colorada point to significant shifts in the temporal rhythms of both everyday practices and episodic ritual events during the first centuries of the Middle Horizon. Ultimately, architectural data from Huaca Colorada and other settlements in the region suggest that the consolidation of the famed priestess cult at San José de Moro was mediated by shifts in gendered constructions of landscape, time, and political subjectivities in Late Moche Jequetepeque.

Edward Swenson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He has co-directed a survey and excavation project at the prehistoric urban complex of Cañoncillo in Northern Peru. Swenson’s theoretical interests include the pre-industrial city, the emergence of social inequality, the archaeology of ritual and ideology, the phenomenology of monumental architecture, and the politics of spatial experience and social memory. Prof. Swenson has published numerous technical reports on his research, as well as articles in books and academic journals.

A light lunch will be offered to those who register before the deadline, so we kindly request that you honor your registration.  To register, click here.  For further information, please contact the Latin American Studies program at (416) 946-8035.

Date & Time:     Tuesday, 7 February 2012, 12:00 PM — 2:00 PM
Location:     Centre for Ethics Seminar Room
15 Devonshire Place, room 200
Registration Deadline:     Friday, 3 February 2012


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