Disciplining and Reinscribing the Body
This panel examines the limits of the imperial project to colonize indigenous and female bodies and to make them perform European values and to exalt imperial centrality. When European ecclesiastics sought to control the sexuality of the Empire’s new subjects they imposed the ideological equation of sex with sin. Scholars have overemphasized the Church’s success. As the Church sought to bolster its authority among the colonial populace by promoting piety, some women took up modes of Imitatio Christi that paradoxically threatened Catholic orthodoxy. This panel explores the meanings that imperial subjects gave to their sexual practices and ritual presentation of bodies, how the former resisted European control, and how subjectivity within the colonial sphere was constructed, controlled, and countered.
Cruz González, Dr. Cristina; Dr. Peter Sigal; and Dr. Kathryn McKnight. "Disciplining and Reinscribing the Body." (2013). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/greenleaf_symposia/4