Ana María Díaz Burgos

  • Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Education

  • BA, Universidad de Los Andes, 2004
  • MA, Emory University, 2009
  • PhD, Emory University, 2011

Biography

Ana María Díaz Burgos specializes in early-modern literary and cultural studies from a transatlantic perspective, with an emphasis on gender and social history. Her research focuses on the intersections of legal systems, institutional practices, and female subjectivities in Hispanic territories.

Her book Tráfico de saberes: Agencia femenina, hechicería e inquisición en Cartagena de Indias 1610-1614 (Iberoamericana-Vervuert 2020) examines urban space, social networks, and female agency in the inquisitorial trials for sorcery recorded in Cartagena de India’s first auto de fe (1614). Drawing on Inquisition and conventual documents, Tráfico de saberes offers a portrait of women’s lives at the time the Holy Office was adjusting to the Caribbean.

Her work has appeared in edited volumes and academic journals such as Edad de oro, Dieciocho, and the Colonial Latin American Historical Review. She serves on the board of Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades (AEGS), and is currently coediting a thematic dossier “‘Yo llana estoy’: jerarquías, transgresiones y despliegues de género en América hispana colonial (1492-1898)” for REGS 48.1 (June 2022).

She teaches courses on early-modern literature and culture, transatlantic women’s literary and cultural history, Inquisition, and Spanish language and culture.

  • “Marital Pains, Heterodox Cures: Alternative Economies of Sorcery and Witchcraft in the Inquisition of Cartagena de Indias.” Women Facing the Inquisition (New Hispanisms: Cultural and Literary Studies), edited by María Jesús Zamora Calvo. Louisiana State University Press (Forthcoming Fall 2021)
  • “Juana María Alvárez, Eighteenth Century New Granada.” As If She Were Free: A Collective Biography of Women and Emancipation in the Americas, edited by Erica Ball, Tatiana Seijas and Terri Snyder. Cambridge University Press. (2020). pp. 218–235. 
  • Tráfico de saberes: agencia femenina, hechicería e Inquisición en Cartagena de Indias (1614–1610). Madrid-Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2020.

Reviews:

Alberto Ortiz, Universidad Autónoma de Zatatecas. Edad de Oro, XXXIX (2020), pp. 365-369.

Ángela Inés Robledo, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. Revista de Estudios Colombianos No. 56 (julio - diciembre de 2020), pp. 117–118.

  • “Tras la conjuración de brujería en Cartagena de Indias (1634–1636): Retractaciones, espacios carcelarios y tortura.” Special Issue Mujer e inquisición en las letras áureas. Edad de oro. Num. 38 (2019) pp. 315–327.
  • “‘Hacerse digno de buena muerte’: Devoción y arrepentimiento femeninos en la Historia de la Villa Imperial de Potosí 1700-1720.” Dieciocho 39.1 (Spring 2016). pp. 63–80. 
  • “A Cartography of Sorcery: Mapping the First Auto de Fe in Cartagena de Indias, 1614,” Colonial Latin American Historical Review 1:3 (Summer 2013). pp. 243–272.

  • The Routledge Companion to the Hispanic Enlightenment. Edited by Elizabeth Franklin Lewis, Mónica Bolufer Peruga, and Catherine M. Jaffe. Routledge Companions to Hispanic and Latin American Studies. New York: Routledge, 2020. Hispanic American Historical Review (Forthcoming).
  • Baptism through Incision. The postmortem Cesarean Operation in the Spanish Empire. Martha Few, Zeb Tortorici, and Adam Warren. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2020. Colonial Latin American Review, 30:1, pp. 176–177.
  • “No se hace pueblo sin ellas” Mujeres españolas en el virreinato del Perú: Emigración y movilidad social (siglos XVI-XVII). Amelia Almorza Hidalgo. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Universidad de Sevilla, 2018. Early Modern Women 14.2 (Spring 2020) pp. 172–174.
  • The Routledge Research Companion to Early Modern Spanish Women Writers. Edited by Baranda Leturio, N and Cruz, A. London and New York: Routledge, 2018. Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades 44.1 (Summer 2018) pp. 145–147.
  • Violent Delights, Violent Ends: Sex, Race and Honor in Colonial Cartagena de Indias. By Nicole von Germeten. Colonial Latin American Historical Review 2:3 (Summer 2014) pp. 435–437.
  • The Wrath of God: Lope de Aguirre, Revolutionary of the Americas. By Evan L. Balkan. Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. Volume 32, issue 1 (May 2014) pp. 168–170.

Notes

Ana María Díaz Burgos Gives Talk and Reviews Publication

July 29, 2020

Ana María Díaz Burgos, assistant professor of Hispanic Studies, gave a virtual public talk on the Inquisition in Cartagena de Indias as part of the Clases Abiertas Series (translated to "Open Classes") at the Universidad de los Andes, located in Colombia. She also reviewed the publication “No se hace pueblo sin ellas:” Mujeres españolas en el virreinato del Perú: Emigración y movilidad social (siglos XVI–XVII) by Amelia Almorza Hidalgo for Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Ana María Díaz Burgos Publishes Scholarly Monograph

July 1, 2020

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Ana María Díaz Burgos published the scholarly monograph Tráfico de saberes: Agencia femenina, hechicería e Inquisición en Cartagena de Indias (1610-1614) (translated to: Trafficking Knowledges: Female Agency, Sorcery and Inquisition in Cartagena de Indias (1610-1614)). Through a deep engagement with archival materials, the book reconstructs and studies the life of doña Lorenzana de Acereto, a woman from Cartagena's creole elite who was persecuted for sorcery in the Inquisition's first "auto de fe" in the 17th century Caribbean.

Ana María Díaz Burgos Publishes

November 28, 2019

Ana María Díaz Burgos, assistant professor of Hispanic Studies, published "Tras la conjuración de brujería en Cartagena de Indias (1634-1636): Retractaciones, espacios carcelarios y tortura" in the Spanish journal Edad de Oro. The article studies how women persecuted by the Inquisition used carcereal spaces to carry out a 1634 conspiracy that threatened the institution’s legitimacy in the port-city of Cartagena de Indias.