The Virgin of Guadalupe in the history and identity of the Mexican people

Welcome to this gathering about the history and art that surround one of the key figures in Mexican identity, the Virgin of Guadalupe. During the talk we can appreciate the relationship between Guadalupe and Tonantzin, mother of all gods in the Nahuatl tradition. Beyond a god who judges and punishes, a mother is sought to intercede and forgive. It is present in many religions and has attracted the attention of historians, sociologists, anthropologists and other researchers.

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Dra. Alicia Mayer

Senior researcher at the Institute of Historical Research of UNAM and currently director of UNAM-Canada. She graduated in history from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Oxford. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Berkeley and Harvard, and deserving of several awards and distinctions, among which the Mexican Academy of Sciences Award and the National University Distinction stand out. Some of his publications are: The discovery of America in North American historiography (1992); Two Americans, two thoughts. Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora and Cotton Mather (1998); Luther in paradise. New Spain in the mirror of the German reformer (2008) and Flor de Primavera Mexicana. The Virgin of Guadalupe in the New Hispanic sermons (2010). "

Dr. Iván Escamilla Gonzalez


Iván Escamilla has a doctorate in History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is a full professor and researcher at the Institute of Historical Research of UNAM in the department of Colonial History. His research projects focus on the intellectual and political history of New Spain in the 18th century (present-day Mexico) and the history of devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico. He is the author of nearly 50 book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and book reviews. He is also the author of José Patricio Fernández de Uribe. The ecclesiastical council of Mexico before the Bourbon State (1999) and The misunderstood interests. The Mexican Consulate of Merchants and the Spanish monarchy, 1700-1739 (2011). I co-edited the volumes Imperial Resonances. America and the Treaty of Utrecht of 1713 (2015) and Francisco Xavier Clavigero. A humanist between two worlds (2015). He is a professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at UNAM and at the Colegio de México in Mexico City. From 2012 to 2020 he was editor in chief of the magazine Estudios de Historia Novohispana.