Aztec calendars, Mexican time, and US Imperialism

Christen Mucher

Smith College

Christen Mucher, panelist, is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Smith College, where she teaches courses on early North America, Native and Indigenous history, US empire, and museum studies. Her essay on the archive of the transatlantic slave trade was recently published in Warring for America: Cultural Contests in the Era of 1812 (UNC 2017) and her co-translation of Haiti’s first novel, Stella (1859), was published by NYU Press in 2015.  She is currently completing a book manuscript titled Before American History: Archives, Antiquities, and Native Pasts. 


In the late 1840s, an account of “Mexican time” from 1790s New Spain began circulating in US periodicals thanks to the eminent ethnologist Albert Gallatin. Disconnected from its original colonial context, the so-called... [ view full abstract ]


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P24 » The Frontiers of Time (15:45 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment E)

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