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"Compound Discomfort, Episodic Puzzlement: Diego de Ocaña (ca. 1570-1608) in an Early Modern Spanish World." Lecture by Kenneth Mills

Author Kenneth Mills shown with part of his article in a magazine

In Amherst, Kenneth Mills will draw from a book he is writing about the transatlantic journey of a Castilian Hieronymite alms-gatherer and image-maker named Diego de Ocaña (ca. 1570-1608). Professor Mills will focus upon Ocaña's fragmentarily reported and partly invented episodes, with particular attention to the portrayal of culturally composite people, places and phenomena.

Kenneth Mills (D. Phil. Oxon 1992) is J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has taught at Oxford, Liverpool, Princeton and Toronto. An historical interpreter of the early modern Spanish world and colonial Latin America, he especially explores religious and cultural transformations. His books, essays and collections include Idolatry and Its Enemies: Extirpation and Colonial Andean Religion, 1640-1750 (1997; 2012), and Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History (2002), with William B. Taylor and Sandra Lauderdale Graham. With Anthony Grafton he edited both Conversion: Old Worlds and New (2003) and Conversion in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Seeing and Believing (2003). His Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque: Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation, co-edited with art historian Evonne Levy was published in 2013.

Art of the Colonial Latin America Lecture Series Discussion will follow the Lecture.

Spanish Department, Amherst College; Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Smith College; UMass: CLACLS; Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Department of History; Spanish and Portuguese Program; Comparative Literature Program