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Archiving the Unnatural: Zeb Tortorici

"Archiving the Unnatural," Zeb Tortorici (New York University)

Free lunch buffet. RSVP required.

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Zeb Tortorici will host a faculty-student guest seminar on his archival research and present a working chapter, "Visceral Archives of the Body: Consuming the Dead, Digesting the Divine," that is part of his forthcoming book, Contra Natura: Desire, Colonialism, and the Unnatural in New Spain, 1536-1821.

The article traces the ways that certain acts--such as necrophilia, erotic religious visions, and fellatio--were largely unclassifiable and uncategorizable acts in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as well as in the lexicon of contemporary archivists. Taking an ethnographic approach to the archive, Tortorici traces how he stumbled across such cases by chance, since they did not fall under the typical "sodomy" or "nefarious sin" classifications regularly employed by archivists.

The seminar will be of special interest to students and faculty in history, Latin American studies, gender and sexuality studies, Hispanic studies and anthropology.

Please RSVP to Ross Fenimore if you would like to attend. 


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