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Victoria University in the University of Toronto

49th Annual Erasmus Lecture: Serge Gruzinski, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Serge Gruzinski, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

“Why the Aztec King Acamapichtli Became a New Joas:
Writing History from the New World in the Sixteenth Century”

Acamapichtli, the First Aztec King, from "The Tovar Codex"", Juan de Tovar, ca. 1585

Soon after the fall of Mexico City, New Spain historians, whether European, Mestizo or Indian, met a double challenge: to historicize Indian memories and Indian pasts and to synchronize local times and memories with Christian-European time and history. New Spain historians created a new writing of history that systematically focused upon the transition from non western to western(ized) societies, anticipating the histories that would be written on British India and Meiji Japan from the nineteenth century onward.

Date: 22 November 2013
Time: 4:00pm tea/coffee served; 4:15pm lecture
Location: Chapel, Old Victoria College, 91 Charles Street West

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The Annual Erasmus Lecture:
In recognition of the importance of the Centre’s Erasmus Collection, each year a scholar of international reputation is invited to present a formal lecture at the CRRS. See a list of past Erasmus Lecturers.

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