Torres will speak on late colonial Mexico

(10-03-2014)

image of painting from late colonial mexico

Adams State University will host Dr. Yolopatlli Hernandez Torres, whose lecture, "Migration, Reclassification, and Displacement: The Case of Errant populations in Late Colonial Mexico," will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Art Building room 227.

The lecture will cover the historical Casta paintings from the Viceroyalty of New Spain, the visual and textual representations of the Indigenous People in Colonial Mexico, and the editorial agenda of newspapers and periodicals from the late 18th century, in which idleness is presented and criticized as a salient feature of the viceroyalty and one of its consequences is the increasing number of beggars, vagabonds, and criminals.

Torres will explore the visual, cultural, and race studies by means of visual representation in art as well as her latest research on the general editorial agenda of newspapers and periodicals from the late 18th century Viceroyalty of New Spain, in which idleness is presented and criticized as a salient feature of the viceroyalty. In New Spain, temporal employment and underemployment generated widespread migration to the cities, which was responsible for the formation of the "so-called caste of vagabonds" (Villarroel 214). These individuals were viewed as inactive, which affected the progress of New Spain, and in order to promote work and production, contributors to Mexican newspapers proposed various solutions for enforcing the laws and making these people productive.