An International Congress commemorates 5th Centenary of the arrival of Hernán Cortés in Mexico

The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation and the Extremaduran Historical Federation organise the international congress titled “Hernán Cortés en el siglo XXI. V Centenario de la llegada de Cortés a México” (Hernán Cortés in the 21st Century. 5th Centenary of the Arrival of Cortés in Mexico), which brings together academics and experts from both sides of the Atlantic to analyse the polyhedral persona of this important historical figure.

The two organisations met at Casa de Ámerica in Madrid where the Academic Director of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, César Chaparro, and the President of the Extremaduran Historical Foundation, José Ángel Calero Carretero, introduced the details of this congress to be held in Medellín and Trujillo on 4th, 5th and 6th April, 2019.

The Honour Committee of this congress is chaired by His Majesty King Felipe VI, and the speakers will include the French anthropologist and historian specialised in Middle American civilisations from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, Chistian Duverger; the researcher from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and present director of UNAM-Canadá, Alicia Mayer; Doctor of Law and Economic Sciences at the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Ramón Tamames, and Doctor of History and Ethnohistory and professor/researcher of the Management of Historical Studies at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) in Mexico, Rodrigo Martínez Barac.

Speakers who are also expected to participate are the Professor of American History and specialised researcher in Hernán Cortés at the University of Valladolid, María del Carmen Martínez; Professor of American History at the Complutense University of Madrid, Rosa María Martínez de Codes; Colonel of the Military Culture & History Institute (IHCM), Miguel de Rojas Mulet; Doctor of American History and Biography of Hernán Cortés, Esteban Mira Caballos; Professor of American History at the University of Extremadura, Sigfrido Vázquez, and the journalist and member of the Extremadura Royal Academy of Arts and Letters, José Julián Barriga.

Among the objectives that this international congress focuses on are the need to delve into historical research and the historiographic knowledge of Hernán Cortés in the context of the 16th century; to disseminate historical transcendence of the illustrious citizen of Medellín, and to assess and disseminate the valuable historical, social, cultural and economic legacy that his colonising work left modernity.

The congress is organised into five thematic lines: Medellín and Hernán Cortés before the conquest; the conquest of the Mexica Empire; the conquest of Mexico from the Mexican perspective; the Talaxcaltecs and other allies of Cortés in the conquest of the Mexica Empire; Hernán Cortés after the conquest, his projection in the 21st century, and the conquerors’ legacy.

The main recipients of this congress are researchers, Americanists and scholars of the conquest, colonisation and evangelisation of Mexico who come from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Those interested in presenting communications related to the thematic lines of the congress may do so until 25th March.

The Mexican Embassy in Spain; the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Spain; the Mexican Cultural Institute in Spain; the Department of Culture and Equality in the Government of Extremadura; the City Council of Medellín; the Council of Trujillo; Medellín’s Historical Association; the Cultural Associations Federation of La Siberia; La Serena and Vegas Altas (SISEVA), and the Obra Pía de los Pizarro’s Foundation collaborate in the organisation of the congress.