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Did you know that in the nineteenth century a bunch of young Fuegians was kidnapped by English explorers and brought to England for being educated in English manners? One of these young indigenous was rebaptized as "York Minster", because the explorers found him on a hill which seemed to them to bear a resemblance to the impressive landmark of this city.
As South American PhD students living in York, we find this story fascinating, and we also believe it to be a metaphor for our own contradictions.
Taking this narrative as inspiration, we are organising a conference that looks at the complicated historical relationship between the New and the Old Worlds, in both the recent past and the present. This conference is a form to tribute him and the indigenous who suffered the cultural frictions emerged in the conquest of the continent.
But we need your help!!
Organising a conference is an overly complicated issue because we need to cover a lot of expenses. We already have partly covered some of them thanks to tiny funding obtained from the Humanities Research Centre, but it is not enough, so we are looking for £500. We need, among other things, to invite an expert on the subject, to offer a proper coffee or tea, plus lunch for 40 people at least, to print advertising, and so on.
This conference is an open, non-profit event, and everyone is very welcome to attend.
We are a multidisciplinary team of PhD Latin American students.
Tobias Palma: Theatre, Film and Television PhD student.
Miguel Angel Gaete: History of Art PhD student
Carlos Zamora: composer and Music PhD student
Javier Montalvo: Archaeology PhD student
Patricia Lagos: Education PhD student
• What will you spend the funding on if you hit your minimum?
The funding will mainly go to promote the event across the UK and beyond, and to finance essential elements for the attendees and speakers such as a coffee breaks and lunch.
We will be able to partly cover the accommodation of the keynote speakers coming from other cities. Additionally, we will print schedules, presentation folders and provide merchandising implements such as pens and notebooks.
We will create a proper website for the event in order to increase the scope and impact of the event.
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On twitter we are: @ventanas21