The Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is delighted to invite you to a special guest lecture by Richard L. Kagan, Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University:
"Policia and the Plaza: Utopia and Dystopia in the Colonial City"
The Spanish American colonial city is often distinguished by its central plaza or square. These spaces still serve as the focus of urban life. But how did they come into existence? What purposes did they serve? Using maps and city views dating from the colonial era, this lecture explores the various meanings attached to the plaza, the differing ways they were used, together with their representation in both literature and art of the colonial era.
The lecture will take place on Tuesday, 24 January 2012, and start at 5.15pm in the Boardroom (no.104), Department of History, 9 Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool, L697 WZ. Refreshments will be available beforehand.
The lecture is free to all, but it would be a great help if we were able to gauge numbers. Please, be so kind as to notify the convenor if you intend to attend Professor Kagan’s lecture: firstname.lastname@example.org.