Cogut Institute for the Humanities
Center for the Study of the Early Modern World

2020 Research and Teaching Report: Jessica Stair

Jessica Stair is a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Associate, affiliated with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and the Department of History of Art and Architecture.

She teaches courses on the visual culture of colonial Latin America. During the fall semester, she participated in a roundtable at the John Carter Brown Library, Mexico 1519: 5 Centuries, 5 Objects, 5 Approaches, and also taught an undergraduate seminar, Authority, Identity, and Visual Culture in Colonial Latin America. During the spring semester she taught an undergraduate seminar that focused on indigenous manuscripts from the John Carter Brown Library’s collection.

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Members of the undergraduate seminar HIAA 1151: Painting Indigenous Histories in Colonial Mexico examine books and manuscripts from the JCB collection. Pictured from left to right: Jessica Stair, Parker Zane, Andres O’Sullivan-Comparan, and Grace Wilkins.


The course culminated with students creating an online exhibition hosted on the JCB web site titled Picturing the Past: Indigenous Expressions in Colonial Mexico. Jessica also presented a new paper, Inscribing the Hand: Mapping and Memory in Colonial Mexico, in the Cogut Institute for the Humanities seminar in April. During the fall semester she finalized her article, Invoking Body and Voice: Deixis and Multivalency in the Techialoyan Manuscripts, which will be published in the journal, Word & Image, later this year.