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Researching at the Archivo Histórico de la Casa de Moneda de México

Researching at the Archivo Histórico de la Casa de Moneda de México

AHCMMThe AHCMM is located in the Museo Numismático Nacional in the Centro Historico in CDMX. The neighborhood is hectic and not pleasing to the eye, but it is safe during the day as long you take precautions. The AHCMM has documents started from the mid seventeenth century and the bulk of its material really begins in the eighteenth. People interested in minting and mining in central Mexico will find gems here. Yet, there are also some nuggets regarding indigenous peoples in New Spain at large.

Consultation Hours:

8:30AM to 3:30PM, Mon-Fri

How to arrive:

This area is not the safest in the world, but you should be able to navigate around without any problems if you take precautions. Do not use your cellphone or any other device without paying attention to your surroundings. Make sure you keep all of your valuables tucked away in your backpack or pockets. There are tons of cops and as long as you are vigilant, you should be fine. I would advise you to stay clear of this area at night, unless you know someone (or are someone) from the area. If you are having trouble finding the archive, ask for Argentina y Bolivia. I think finding those streets will be your best bet.

There are four main ways to get to the AHCMM:

  • Metro: Get to the blue line and get off on Allende, or from the Green line get off on Lagunilla.
  • Metrobus: Get to the linea 4 and get off on Republica de Argentina and walk North on Republica de Argentina and make a right on Bolivia.
  • Ecobici, there is an ecobici station on Argentina and the San Ildefonso alley.
  • Taxi or UBER: like always this will be the most expensive option. Ask for the Rebulica de Argentina and Repuplica de Bolivia or the Museo Numismático Nacional.

Consultation/ Image Reproduction

  • Transcribing
    • You can either type your transcriptions on a laptop, or write them down on paper.
  • Photography and Reproduction
    • You can take digital pictures of images at no cost.

What You Need to Register:

  • Letter of Introduction (typically from your adviser)

What You Need to Consult Documents:

The Importance of Signatures in Mexico

The Importance of Signatures in Mexico

Signatures are important in Mexico in a variety of contexts. Here I will be talking about credit cards and IDs. Many people in the United States write “See ID” on the back of their cards in an attempt to encourage merchants to ask for an ID during each purchase. In my experience this rarely works, and I seldom get IDed. The worst thing you could do is not sign your credit card and have a blank strip on the back of your card just ready to be signed by someone that might steal your wallet or card.


In Mexico, most merchants WILL check the back of your card, and will often ask to see your ID. The important thing to know is that the merchant will check the signature on your ID or passport and if it’s not a near 100% match to what you signed on the receipt and on your card, they may fuss about it. It is unbelievably important that you sign your receipts and credit cards the way that you signed your passport or whatever ID you use during your transactions.

This will also apply to any type of formal business you conduct. People will often want to see an ID, and they will compare your signature. If they do not match 100%, they will ask you to resign and perhaps even begin to question if you indeed are the person you claim to be. Safe yourself some time and trouble, be mindful about how you sign.

Researching in the Archivo Histórico de la Facultad de Medicina

Researching in the Archivo Histórico de la Facultad de Medicina

Updated: 3/21/2016

The Archivo Histórico de la Facultad de Medicina (AHFM) houses a variety of medical documents ranging from the colonial period the modern era. The AHFM is located in the Palacio de la Escuela de Medicina, which is located on the corner of Republica de Venezuela and Republica de Brasil. In Spanish the AHFM is typically refereed to by its entire name, or the Archivo de la Facultad for short.

Consultation Hours:

9AM to 2PM, M-F

How to arrive:

Here is a big helpful tip, if you get lost, ask for the Plaza Santo Domingo or the Inquisition building, more people are likely to know where that is.

There are four main ways to get to the AHFM:

  • Metro: You can take the metro into the historical center. The blue line will leave you the closest. Exit Allende or Zocalo.
  • Metrobus: Another option is taking the metro bus linea 4 ruta norte and getting off on Republica de Argentina.
  • Ecobici, there is an ecobici station about two blocks away from the AHFM.
  • Taxi: like always this will be the most expensive option. Ask for the Plaza de Santo Domingo in the Centro Histórico.

Consultation/ Image Reproduction

  • Transcribing
    • You can either type your transcriptions on a laptop, or write them down on loose pieces of paper.
  • Photography
    • You can take digital pictures of images for free. As long as you do not reproduce them without consent.

What You Need to Consult:

  • Letter of Introduction (typically from your adviser)
  • Government issued Identification Card
  • An idea of what you want to do. This will not be as crucial as the AGN, but it will help.

What You Need to Consult Documents:


Where to eat:

This list is not exhaustive, but I have selected places that safe, known for great food, and a reasonable walk from the archive. I would love to hear suggestions if you have any.

  • Cafe de Santo Domingo (across the street from the Palacio de la Escuela de Medicina. This place is not cheap, but it has good food, a fantastic view, and phenomenal green salsa.
  • Tacos de Canasta “El Especial” on Madero. The tacos here are cheap, and very tasty.
  • El Tlaquepaque on the corner of Isabel la Catolica and 5 de Mayo. Try the “Torta Tapatia,” it is deliciousness at its best.
  • Panificadora la Vasconia on Palma and Tacuba. Great prices, fabulous bread, and incredible chicken.
  • Los Molinos (Isabel la Catolica and 5 de Mayo). this place has great chicken and it is very close to el Tlauepaque. You can get a whole meal for under $50.



Dia de Los Muertos en Oaxaca, Mexico

Dia de Los Muertos en Oaxaca, Mexico

Disclaimer: the thoughts and opinions in this post and website our mine, not those of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program or Institute of International Education.


We visited Oaxaca from late October to early November for the Dia de Muertos edwardpolanco_oaxaca_mexico_zocalocelebration. This post will share some of the sights and sounds that we lived. We arrived on Friday October 30, 2015 and the first place we hit was the zocalo. When arrived we noticed that the Dia de Murtos spirit was in full effect.

We then proceeded over to the Iglesia de Santo Domingo which had an even livelier Muerto spirit. I was able to record a band playing for a zigzagging line of women dressed in black (you can see them in the picture below behind the band).


The audio corresponds to the band playing in the picture.




The next day (October 31, 2015) we headed over to Monte Alban with a fellow Fulbrighter J and his wife A.



Later that night we went to two cemeteries with some friends. The first was the Panteon General (General Cemetery).


The second cemetery was in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan or “Xoxo” for short. Xoxo was much more of a tourist attraction, yet it retained a local flair as many families visited their deceased loved ones to spend the night with them. I recorded a very interesting sounding group playing for their loved ones.

The audio corresponds to the group in the picture.edward_polanco_xoxocotlan_oaxaca_dia_de_muertos



On November 1, 2015 we went to a variety of towns and sites near Oaxaca. We visited Mitla and Tule. We had some amazing Tlayudas in Tule, and enjoyed the ruins in Mitla.


The people of Oaxaca were amazing, and the food was awesome. I leave you with some pictures of Oaxaca’s amazing cuisine.


In my opinion, Oaxaca is a state and city that Mexico’s visitors must see. As a Fulbrighter in DF my trip to Oaxaca was fantastic because it allowed me to explore a different gastronomic and cultural region. I enjoyed new styles of food and unique traditions. My trip was especially enlightening because I visited Oaxaca during the día de muertos celebration. It was a moving experience like nothing I’ve seen before.

Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries Across the Americas – 2/1/2013 at the University of Arizona

Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries Across the Americas – 2/1/2013 at the University of Arizona

Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries

   Across the Americas

University of Arizona, Center for Latin American Studies Human Rights Initiative


Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, Rogers College of Law

Friday, February 1, 2013

8:30am – 6pm

Arizona Historical Society

949 E. 2nd Street

The objective of this one day conference is to bring to the fore a range of issues and concerns with regard to natural resource extraction on indigenous lands across the Americas. Drawing on a human rights framework the conference participants examine some of the multiple, complex responses by indigenous peoples to the social, juridical and environmental dimensions of extraction. Recent examples from Chile to Mesoamerica to the United States, Canada and the Russian Far North illustrate the timeliness of such an examination.


The conference intends to facilitate a meaningful exchange of ideas and practices among social science and legal scholars, activists and between the university and the community at large. We broaden our scope geographically to open a discussion about the commonalities and contradictions that ordinary indigenous people face on their homelands. The Center for Latin American Studies will interview and film with each participant at the conference about their work. These five minute video clips will be made available on their UA LAS website.


Provisional Program


8:00 coffee


8:30 Yaqui Pascua opening ceremony( not confirmed)


8:45 Dean JP Jones, College of Social and Behavioral Science – Welcome

9:00 Professor Linda Green, Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Associate Professor of Anthropology – opening remarks, moderator



9:15  Dr. Salvador Aquino, anthropologist, CIESAS, Pacifico Sur,  Cuidad de  Oaxaca, Mexico  “Si a la vida, no a la mineria: Large scale mining exploitation and the challenges confronting indigenous peoples in Mexico”


10:15 coffee break



10:30 Professor Benadict Colombi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, American Indian Studies, UA, “Kamchatka: Mapping Indigenous Cartographies and Extractive Industries”

11:00 Professor Dana Powell, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Appalachian State University  “Extractive Industries have productive effects: Energy activism on the Dine Nation”

11:30 Mr. Manuel Prieto, PhD student, School of Geography and Development, UA “The Chilean Water Reforms: Mining and Dispossession of the Atacameno People”

12:00 Mr. Cory Schott, PhD candidate, Dept. of History, UA “Colonial Histories of Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries in the Americas

12:15 Mr. Sebastian Quinac, “Reporting from the “Encouentro del Pueblos de MesoAmerica “, Sierra de Oaxaca, January 2013


12:30 Discussion


12:45-1:30 lunch hosted by LAS and IPLPP


1:30 Professor Robert A.Williams, Jr., E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and American Indian Studies,  Faculty Co-Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program,UA- “Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights to Ancestral Lands in Historical and Contemporary Perspective:Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group v. Canada”

2:30 Professor James Hopkins, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, UA, “Rio Yaqui Land and Water Rights and the Agro-Chem Industrial Complex”

3:00  Ms. Seanna Howard, Staff Attorney, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program—“Maya Community of Southern Belize and Western Shoshone: Indigenous Peoples and the Inter-American Human Rights System”

3:30 “Arizona Tribes, Extractive Industries and Indigenous Human Rights”- (speaker TBA)


Mr. Austin Nunez, Chairman, San Xavier District, Tohono O’odham Nation—Mining, Water and O’odham lands (not confirmed)

Mr. Vernon Masayesva, Founder and Director of The Black Mesa Trust and former Tribal Chairman of The Hopi Nation—coal mining, water and Hopi lands (not confirmed)


4:30 Discussion


5:30-6:15 Closing Ceremony and Performance – Institute for Latin American Studies Leaders, cultural exchange from Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru.


Co- sponsors: American Indian Studies, Institute for the Environment, Confluence Center, Department of History, School of Anthropology, School of Geography and Development


Cuban Heritage Collection Fellowship 2013

Cuban Heritage Collection Fellowship 2013

The Cuban Heritage Collection

(CHC) at the University of Miami Libraries

is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 Graduate Fellowships, available to doctoral candidates currently engaged in studies at a U.S. institution. Up to 12 fellowships will be awarded in two categories: 1) Research Fellowships, supporting doctoral students who wish to use CHC as a primary resource for a dissertation; and 2) Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships, supporting doctoral candidates in determining how CHC may serve their research needs as they prepare the dissertation prospectus. For additional information and application instructions, visit


All application materials must be received by Friday, February 1, 2013 and submitted electronically to
First Meeting of the International Congress on “The Indigenous Peoples of Latin America” — CFP

First Meeting of the International Congress on “The Indigenous Peoples of Latin America” — CFP

*First Meeting of the International Congress on**
Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, 19th-21st Centuries.
**Advances**, Perspectives, and Challenges*

* *La Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, El Centro de Investigaciones y
Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, El Colegio de Etnólogos y
Antropólogos Sociales, A.C., El Colegio de Michoacán, A.C., El Colegio de
Sonora, El Colegio Mexiquense, A.C., El H. Ayuntamiento de Oaxaca de
Juárez, El Instituto Cultural Oaxaca, El Teatro Macedonio Alcalá, The
Institute for The Study of the Americas (the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill), The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
(the University of Texas at Austin), La Universidad Autónoma “Benito
Juárez” de Oaxaca, La Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, La Universidad de
Buenos Aires, La Universidad de Cartagena, La Universidad de La Frontera,
La Universidade Federal Fluminense, and La Universidad Nacional de La Pampa.


*First Meeting of the International Congress on “The Indigenous Peoples
of Latin America, 19th-21st Centuries. Advances, Perspectives, and
Challenges,” *to be held from *28-31 October 2013* at the Instituto
Cultural Oaxaca, Oaxaca City, Mexico.

*1. First Call: Call for** Symposium Proposals*

Call for symposia for the *First Meeting of the International Congress on
“The Indigenous Peoples of Latin America, 19th-21st Centuries. Advances,
Perspectives, and Challenges,” *to be held from 28-31 October 2013 at the
Instituto Cultural Oaxaca in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

Describing and understanding the “Other” has been a constant objective for
over 500 years; yet the concepts of the indigenous that were established in
the 16th and 17th centuries are very different to those that were
elaborated in the 18th and 19th century and subsequently reconstructed in
the 20th and 21st centuries. Diachronic and comparative analysis can bring
us closer to these concepts and so help us to understand historical and
contemporary processes, even though our visions of the past and the present
diverge and are often contradictory, both as expressed by contemporary
students of the indigenous question and by social actors themselves.
Nonetheless, it would seem that there is a common goal: that is, to
understand and explain societies which, from the various disciplinary
perspectives of the social sciences and humanities, form a vital part of
the social structure. For all this, the merely partial analysis of a
fragment of a society, in this case indigenous people, creates more
problems for understanding the past, the present, and the prospective
future, given that interactions involving other social component are
lacking. Many of these social components both influence, and are deeply
influenced by their interactions with indigenous people, for example, the
Church, the State, the Army, private landowners, or social intermediaries;
in socio-ethnic terms, we should also include indigenous of partially
African descent, mulattos, *mestizo, *and whites. For this reason, we
should emphasize the importance of these interactions to the objective
study of indigenous peoples, while paying special attention to the
proposals articulated by indigenous peoples themselves and their conception
of society at large, both now and in the past.

This said, we believe that it is important to conduct an analysis of the
political, economic, social, and cultural roles that were played by the
various societies that developed post-Independence from the captaincies and
viceroyalties of Spanish America; this analysis should continue through
Latin America’s many republican phases, address the construction and
gradual recognition of multicultural societies, and register the demands
made by many indigenous organizations and intellectuals as constitutive
parts of a broad contemporary debate about indigenous peoples.

*Call for Symposium Proposals*

The themes around which symposia will be organized are as follows:

– Social Movements and resistance
– Education
– Postcolonial Studies
– Agrarian Studies
– Territorialities
– Identities
– *Indigenismo*
– Multiculturalism
– Interculturalism
– Meanings of citizenship
– Natural resources
– Migration
– Gender

Symposium Proposals

a) In this first stage, we invite symposium proposals involving a maximum
of five participants, including the coordinator.

Subsequently, we will seek individual paper proposals for consideration and
inclusion in the symposia approved by the Organizing Committee.

b) The coordinators of each symposium will be responsible for
organizing and submitting their proposal and, once the call for individual
papers has been made, for selecting the five members of the symposium.

c) Proposals for symposia must be registered on the Congress
website following its publication on
*22 October
2012 and before 1 February 2013.*

d) Coordinators of symposium proposals will receive a
confirmation email.

2. Approval of Symposia

a) Proposals for symposia will be reviewed by an Academic Committee of
recognized specialists drawn from the co-organizing institutions. Proposals
for symposia will be considered on the basis of the Congress’s main themes
and using the following additional criteria: clear argumentation and
thematic development; intellectual coherence; clarity of presentation;
relevance of content.

b) The list of approved symposia will be published on the Congress website on* 1 March 2013*. The second Call for
Individual Papers for inclusion in the symposia will be made on the same
date and remain open until *30 June 2013*. All decisions are final.


The Committee

44th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies CFP

44th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies CFP

The 44th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies will take place 4-7 April 2013 at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.  The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics on Iberian and Latin American history, literature, art, and religion from the sixth to the twenty-first centuries.  Planned sessions are welcome.

The conference will be held on the campus of the University of New Mexico, home to a vibrant scholarly community in Iberian history. Beautiful Albuquerque is home to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and the Turquoise Museum.  It is also an easy drive from Albuquerque to stunning Santa Fe, one of the oldest surviving cities founded in the United States by the Spanish.  We are delighted to announce that the plenary talk will be given by UNM alumnus Adrian Shubert (MA, 1976).



Additional information on the conference has been posted on the ASPHS website, including conference registration forms, conference events, and hotel accommodations:

The deadline for abstracts is 15 December 2012. Email submissions are encouraged.  Send inquiries and abstracts to: