SURCLA Seminar | Colonialism and Revitalisation: The Eastern Andes and the Santos Atahuallpa Rebellion.

7 May, 2013
5.30 - 7.00pm

Colonialism and Revitalisation: The Eastern Andes and the Santos Atahuallpa Rebellion.
David Cahill, University of New South Wales


From the early conquest era until well into the twentieth century, radical political movements in the Andes have been characterised by the search for a liberating Inca leader or “Inkarrí” (inca rey), a partly mythic warrior king who would deliver freedom to Andean peoples, indigenous and non-indigenous alike. The leader of the Great Andean Rebellion of 1780-83, José Gabriel Túpac Amaru, fashioned himself as an Inca king along these lines. If that rebellion failed, the revitalisation movement 1741-1756, led by Juan Santos Atahuallpa in the eastern tropical lowlands of Peru, was never defeated by the colonial state. This talk will consider how the Santos Atahuallpa insurgency fitted into the cycle of 18th century revolts and rebellions known as the Age of Andean Rebellion, and how and why it differed from other political insurgencies and conspiracies of the era. Particular emphasis will be given to the rebellion’s syncretic, revitalist religious dimension. 


David Cahill is a Professor of Modern History at the University of New South Wales. He has taught at universities in England, Germany, France and Australia. In 2007 he was visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. In 2003 he was awarded the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH) Conference Prize for research on the historical anthropology of the Southern Andes. His current research project explores the colonial encounter between Native Andeans and Spaniards in the Andes. His research interests also span the related themes of Late Horizon Incan history, Habsburg & Bourbon Spain, and Latin American Independence movements. He has published widely on all of these research topics.


Location: Old Teachers College Room 438

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