Professor Adela Pineda in panel at Americas Society

in Events, Events Spring 2012, Faculty
May 1st, 2012

Women Travelers in Latin America Symposium: Panel Discussion

This opening night of the women travelers symposium will consist of a panel discussion featuring scholars Claire Emille Martin, Vanesa Miseres, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, and Adela Pineda Franco. Adriana Méndez Rodenas will moderate. The panel will explore the contributions and legacies of four pioneering women travelers who wrote about their experiences in Latin America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Panelists will discuss Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), a German naturalist, botanical artist, early ecologist, and the author of Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname; Flora Tristan (1803 –1844), social activist, early feminist, and observer of post-independence Peru which she details in Peregrinations of a Pariah; Countess Paula Kollonitz (1830-90), the Austrian lady-in-waiting to Empress Carlota during Maximilian’s reign and author of The Court of Mexico; and Lady Florence Dixie (1855-1905), a Scottish Victorian noblewoman, adventurer, and author of Across Patagonia. Professors Martin, Miseres, Paravisini-Gebert, and Pineda Franco are all contributors to Review 84 (Women Travelers in Latin America, May 2012). Professor Méndez Rodenas is the guest editor for the issue.

The symposium continues on Thursday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. with a keynote lecture by Adriana Méndez Rodenas and concludes on Friday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. with a launch of Review 84 (Spring 2012). The launch will feature the guest editor, authors Carlos Franz, Pola Oloixarac, and Michael Schuessler, translator Jessica Ernst Powell, and special guest Hilda Benítez.

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 7:00pm
Where: Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY