Documenting and Structuring Knowledge Outside of European Forms
Following the publication of Ángel Rama’s La ciudad letrada (1984), many scholars worked from the premise that writing entered the “New World” as the instrument of authority and domination. The vision that divides colonial society and knowledge systems into a European lettered city and an illiterate colonized population that recorded knowledge only in oral traditions has become increasingly challenged and nuanced since Elizabeth Boone and Walter Mignolo’s Writing without Words (1994). This panel further explores the expansion of notions of literacy to the practices of knowledge-keeping by indigenous and mestizo communities long considered illiterate, where, in fact, writing emerged early in the colonial period, in conjunction with other material media of record keeping and knowledge production, such as map-making and cord-knotting, as communities constructed the local and contested state authority.
Díaz, Dr. Mónica; Dr. Kevin Terraciano; and Dr. Kimberly Gauderman. "Documenting and Structuring Knowledge Outside of European Forms." (2013). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/greenleaf_symposia/3