What's on: Night Talk: Aztecs - Where are they now?

Historian Barry Carr shows how the Nahua-speaking people deal with their origins and why Mexico remains fascinated with the Aztecs.

Night Talk: Aztecs - Where are they now?

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Event Type:
Special event
Date:
20 November 2014 to 20 November 2014
Time:
06.30 PM to 07.45 PM
Location:
Australian Museum, entry via William St
Admission:
$30 ($20 Members)

About the talk

Aztec culture and achievements have been highly regarded since the time of the Spanish conquest and especially since Mexico gained independence. The name Mexico is derived from the Nahua word ‘Mexica’ that the Aztecs used to describe themselves. Although most Mexicans today are people of mixed ethnic origin, Aztec identities and claims are still vividly present in Mexican thinking. Barry shows how the Nahua-speaking people in central Mexico deal with their pre-Hispanic roots and why the national culture remains fascinated with its Aztec legacies.

About the speaker

Barry Carr, Faculty Member, History programme, La Trobe University. Barry is a historian of twentieth century latin America with a special interest in Mexico, Cuba and Central America, and in agrarian and labor history and the history of transnational social, radical and revolutionary movements in the Greater Circum- Caribbean. He also currently does research in the area of the history of tourism and leisure in Mexico from the 1880s to the present day.

In addition to his UC Berkeley, Fordham University and La Trobe University links, he is involved with both the Australian National Center of Latin American Studies at the ANU (Australian National University) in Canberra, and with the Institute of Social Research of Swinburne University of Technology

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