Angelica Afanador Pujol

Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505

Biography

Angélica J. Afanador-Pujol specializes in the art, material culture, and architecture of the Indigenous people of Latin America in the Pre-Columbian and Colonial periods. Professor Afanador-Pujol’s research interests include indigenous agency and the social function of art as it intersects with race and ethnic relations, justice, political interests, and consumption in early sixteenth-century Mexico.

Her first book, "The Relación de Michoacán (1539-1541) and the Politics of Representation in Colonial Mexico" (UT Press, 2015), examines the relationship between text and images in the representation of political, factional, land and judicial conflicts in the images of the 16-century manuscript "Relación de Michoacán." Some of her other publications in English and Spanish include the essays entitled “The Tree of Jesse and the ‘Relación de Michoacán’: Mimicry and Identity in Colonial Mexico” (Art Bulletin, December 2010); “J. Benedict Warren y su impacto en estudios michoacanos en Estados Unidos (In Abriendo Caminos: El legado de J. Benedict Warren a la historia y a la lengua de Michoacán, 2012); and “Let the Waters and the Pigments Flow on These Pages: Making and Emending Landscape in the Relación de Michoacán” (In Manuscript Cultures of Colonial Mexico and Peru: New Questions and Approaches, 2014).

Her current project deals with the representation and function of food among Indigenous images in 16th-century Mexico.  She is also co-authoring a book with historian Ricardo Aguilar about an indigenous noble and patron of the arts from Michoacán, Mexico ("Don Antonio Huitzimengari: Información y Vida de un Noble Indígena en la Nueva España del siglo XVI").  

Prior to joining the School of Art at Arizona State University, Professor Afanador-Pujol served as assistant professor of art history at the University of Minnesota (2008-2014); held an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowship at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University (2009-2010); and was a teaching fellow at the Department of Art History, University of California Los Angeles (U.C.L.A., 2005); an associate instructor, Department of the History of Art, U.C. Riverside (2002-2003); and adjunct faculty, at the School of Art, University of Arizona (2001).  

She is also the recipient of several research grants, including an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2007-2008); and a UC MEXUS, Dissertation Research Grant (2005-2007).

​Among the courses she has taught are seminars such as (Mis)Representing Justice: Art, Law and Censorship; Art, Food, and Consumption; Art of the Native Peoples of Latin America: Spoken Word and Painted Texts; Colonial Cultures and Identities (co-taught). Her upper and lower division lectures range from Aztec Art and Empire; Art of the Inka and their Ancestors; and Word and Image/Science and Art in the Age of Trans-Atlantic Exploration (co-taught) to Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas; Mexico On My Mind; and Pre-Columbian Art I.

Education

Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles 2009

 

 

 

Research Interests

  • Pre-Columbian and Early Colonial Art of the Americas

Publications

Selected Publications:

Books:

The Relación de Michoacán and the Politics of Representation in Colonial Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press, July 2015.  https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/afanador-pujol-relacion-de-michoacan

  1. For a review in English see: Susan Kellogg, “The Relación de Michoacán and the Politics of Representation in Colonial Mexico,” Historian (2017) 79: 329-331. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hisn.12510/full                                           Para reseñas en español véase: 
  2. Michela Craveri, “The Relación de Michoacán and the Politics of Representation in Colonial Mexico,” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2017) 94, no. 9: 1039-1040. 
  3. Luise Enkerlin Pauwells, “Reseñas: Angélica J. Afanador-Pujol, The Relación de Michoacán (1539-1541) and the Politics of Representation in Colonial Mexico,Relaciones 145 (2016): 326-330. http://www.scielo.org.mx/pdf/rz/v37n145/0185-3929-rz-37-145-00326.pdf

 

Co-Authored books:

Ricardo Aguilar and  Angélica Afanador Pujol. Comunicación y Nobleza en la Provincia de Michoacán: La Información de Méritos y Servicios de don Don Antonio Huitziméngari (1553). Morelia: Exconvento de Tiripetio and Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (forthcoming).

 

Journal Essays and Book Chapters:

 “The Tree of Jesse and the ‘Relación de Michoacán’: Mimicry and Identity in Colonial Mexico.The Art Bulletin, December 2010, 293-307.

Translated and published as “El Árbol de Jessé y la Relación de Michoacán: Mimetismo en el México Colonial,” trans. Ricardo Aguilar. In  ed. Yaminel Bernal Astorga, Morelia, la Construcción de una Ciudad, 19-56. Ayuntamiento de Morelia, Dirección del Archivo General, Histórico y Museo de la Ciudad; Archivo Histórico Municipal de Morelia, 2015.

“J. Benedict Warren y su contribución a estudios michoacanos en Estados Unidos.” In ed. Luise Enkerlin Pauwells, Abriendo Caminos. El Legado de Joseph Benedict Warren a la Historia y a la Lengua de Michoacán, 47-68. Morelia: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, El Colegio de Michoacán, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas-Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Universidad de Keio, Morevalladolid, 2012.

“Let the Waters and the Pigments Flow on These Pages: Making and Emending Landscape in the Relación de Michoacán.” In ed. Tom Cummins, Emily Engel, Barbara Anderson, and Juan Ossio. Manuscript Cultures of Colonial Mexico and Peru: New Questions and Approaches. Series Issues and Debates, 141-159. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Research Institute, 2014.

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Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ARS 498 Pro-Seminar
ARS 591 Seminar
ARS 790 Reading and Conference
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ARS 394 Special Topics
ARS 493 Honors Thesis
ARS 494 Special Topics
ARS 499 Individualized Instruction
ARS 598 Special Topics
ARS 690 Reading and Conference
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ARS 362 Pre-Columbian Art I
ARS 498 Pro-Seminar
ARS 591 Seminar
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ARS 202 Art of Africa/Oceania/Americas
ARS 493 Honors Thesis
ARS 494 Special Topics
ARS 499 Individualized Instruction
ARS 592 Research
ARS 598 Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ARS 362 Pre-Columbian Art I
ARS 498 Pro-Seminar
ARS 591 Seminar
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ARS 202 Art of Africa/Oceania/Americas
ARS 494 Special Topics
ARS 499 Individualized Instruction
ARS 592 Research
ARS 598 Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
ARS 362 Pre-Columbian Art I
ARS 498 Pro-Seminar
ARS 591 Seminar
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
ARS 202 Art of Africa/Oceania/Americas
ARS 494 Special Topics
ARS 598 Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
ARS 202 Art of Africa/Oceania/Americas
ARS 494 Special Topics
ARS 598 Special Topics