LAS ANT384 • The Inquisition: Ethnicity & Gender (ANT 384M)
The Inquisition had religious, social, political, and economic consequences and these factors brought to the New World specific ethnic groups intent on evading the scrutiny of the institution. In northern Mexico, the Inquisition effectively changed the dynamics of conquest, the balance of power, and the practice of religion particularly among /conversos/ who were given large land grants they subsequently lost because of accusations of Jewish practices. Native American groups, normally considered outside of the Inquisitorial reach, encountered the Inquisition as shamans and witches. This seminar reviews the historical background of the Inquisition, explores the consequences of the Inquisition in the conquest and development of the Inquisition in the New World and its differential practices in terms of gender and ethnicity. We will also examine Iberian practices related to folk religion, magic, and witchcraft and their influence and interplay in the inquisitorial treatment of native populations in the New World.
Individual class presentations 30% One research paper based on original archival research 70%