Objects of Devotion/Objetos de Devoción: Latin American Visual and Material Religious Cultures in Motion

Conveners: Jennifer Najera, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside; Jennifer Hughes, History, UC Riverside

December 12-14, 2014 | UC Riverside | details to be announced

This multidisciplinary conference engages historic and contemporary Latin American and Latino visual, material, and ritual cultural practice, coinciding with an exhibit of the work of Mexican-British artist, Alinka Echeverria, at the California Museum of Photography (November 1, 2014–January 24, 2015). Echeverria’s photographs explore the relationship of visual, religious, and material culture in Mexico, considering in particular the power of the Guadalupe icon.

Plenary sessions will include conversations with the artist and major national/international scholars. At least one session will be held in Spanish for the larger public.