Geoffrey Spurling

Associate Professor, UFV

Education: BA (Simon Fraser University), MA, PhD (Cornell University)

Specialty: Latin American history, Indigenous-state relations, sexuality and gender

 

Courses Taught at UFV

  • History/LAS 161 Aztecs, Mayas, and Spaniards
  • History/LAS 262 Latin American History: The National Experience
  • History/LAS 357 History of Inter-American Relations: Latin America, the United States, and Canada
  • History/LAS 358 African Slavery in the Americas
  • History/LAS 359 Problems in Latin American Regional History
  • History/LAS 457 Sexuality and Gender in Latin America
  • History/LAS 458 History of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America
  • History/LAS 459 Topics in the Political and Social History of Latin America
  • History/LAS 460 State Terror, Human Rights, and the Politics of Memory in Latin America

 

Research Interests

History of the Inka and early colonial period Andes; Indigenous-state relations; economic organization, ethnicity, and politics; sexuality and gender; early anthropology

 

Research Projects

My research focuses on the social history of the Andean region in Latin America.  I am currently working on projects examining sexuality, mistranslation, and thuggery in the Spanish judicial campaign against the Inkas; law suits, taxation, and accusations of fraud in colonial period land struggles; and late nineteenth-century photographic images of Peru and Bolivia.

 

Publications

  • Colonial Lives: Documents on Latin American History, 1550–1850.  Co-edited with Richard Boyer.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • "Under Investigation for the Abominable Sin: Damián de Morales Stands Accused of Attempting to Seduce Antón de Tierra de Congo (Charcas, 1611)." In Colonial Lives: Documents on Latin American History, 1550–1850, edited by Richard Boyer and Geoffrey Spurling, 112–129.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • "Introduction" (co-authored with Richard Boyer). In Colonial Lives: Documents on Latin American History, 1550–1850, edited by Richard Boyer and Geoffrey Spurling, 1–5. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • "Honor, Sexuality, and the Colonial Church: The Sins of Dr. González, Cathedral Canon." In The Faces of Honor: Sex, Shame, and Violence in Colonial Latin America, edited by Lyman Johnson and Sonya Lipsett-Rivera, 45–67. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998.
  • Review of The Cross and the Serpent: Religious Repression and Resurgence in Colonial Peru, by Nicholas Griffiths. Ethnohistory 45, no. 3 (1998): 604-606.
  • "Colonial History and Colonial Discourse: A Commentary".  Research in Progress Working Papers 3 (1995): 69-76.  Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Simon Fraser University.

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