Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Irene Silverblatt researches the cultural dimensions of power. She studies how “race-thinking” and gender relations were integral to the making of the modern world as well as how historical memory has shaped feelings of national belonging and demands for universal rights. These interests are both historical and contemporary, and have taken Silverblatt to the Inca Empire, the colonial Andes and contemporary Central/Eastern Europe. Her goal has been to explore the profound transformations in social identities, political sensibilities, and categories of “humanness” spawned by the “modern/civilized” world. With support from the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Wenner Gren Foundations and Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, she has explored the Spanish Inquisition as a modern institution as well as the ways that gender construed power relations in Inca and Colonial Peru. These concerns about the cultural expressions of power, combined with an interest in the politics of memory and its relation to art, orient her next project. Research in central and eastern Europe explores the ways in which historical memory, particularly of the holocaust, is playing a role in the transformation of national ideologies as well as in the conceptualization of transnational, human rights. Her initial foray into this new arena was to edit Harvest of Blossoms: Poetry of a Life Cut Short. (with Helene Silverblatt). This volume is a collection of the poetry of our cousin, Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, who died in an SS labor camp in 1942.
- Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1981
Meerbaum-Eisinger, S. Harvest of Blossoms: Poems from a Life Cut Short (Collected Poems of Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger). Edited by I Silverblatt and H Silverblatt. Translated by J Glenn, F Birkmeyer, H Silverblatt, and I Silverblatt. Northwestern University Press, 2008.
Silverblatt, I. Modern Inquisitions: Peru and the Colonial Origins of the Civilized World. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.
Silverblatt, I. Japanes translation of Moon, Sun, and Witches. Tokyo, Japan: Iwanami Shoten Publisher, 2001.
Silverblatt, I. Spanish translation of Moon, Sun, and Witches. Lima, Peru: Centro-Las Casas, 1990.
Silverblatt, I. Moon, Sun, and Witches: Gender Ideologies and Class in Inca and Colonial Peru. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1987.
Silverblatt, I. "Into the Archive: Writing and Power in Colonial Peru." JOURNAL OF SOCIAL HISTORY 46, no. 2 (2012): 596-598. Full Text
SILVERBLATT, I. "COHABITATION, SORCERY, AND REBELLION, CHANCAY, 17TH-CENTURY - SPANISH - SANCHEZ,A." HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 73, no. 1 (February 1993): 157-159. Full Text
SILVERBLATT, I. "RELIGION IN THE ANDES, VISION AND IMAGINATION IN EARLY COLONIAL PERU - MACCORMACK,S." HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 73, no. 1 (February 1993): 157-159. Full Text
SILVERBLATT, I. "ANTHROPOLOGICAL HISTORY OF ANDEAN POLITIES - MURRA,JV, WACHTEL,N, REVEL,J." AMERICAN ETHNOLOGIST 16, no. 2 (May 1989): 400-401. Full Text
SILVERBLATT, I. "NATIVE LORDS OF QUITO IN THE AGE OF THE INCAS - THE POLITICAL-ECONOMY OF NORTH ANDEAN CHIEFDOMS - SALOMON,F." AMERICAN ETHNOLOGIST 15, no. 3 (August 1988): 585-586. Full Text
Silverblatt, I. "Women." In Encyclopedia of the Incas,edited by G Urton and AV Hagen. Lanhan (MD), Boulder, New York, London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015.
Silverblatt, I. "Haunting the Modern Andean State: Colonial Legacies of Race and Civilization." In Off-Centered States: Political Formation and Deformation in the Andes,edited by C Krupa and D Nugent. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.
Silverblatt, I. "Acllacuna." In Encyclopedia of the Incas,edited by G Urton and A von Hagen. Lanhan (MD), Boulder, New York, London: Rowan and Littlefield, 2015.
Silverblatt, I. "Prologo." In No Se Puede Descolonizar Sin Despatriarcalizar: Teoria y Propuesta de la Despatriarcalizacion, by Maria Galindo. Mujeres Creando, 2013.
Silverblatt, I. "Forward." In Imperial Subjects: Race and Identity in Colonial Latin America,edited by MO Hara and A Fisher. Duke University Press, 2009. (Foreword)
Silverblatt, I. "Native Andeans Observe Spanish Colonials." In Europe Observed,edited by C Hawes and K Chaterjee. Bucknell University Press, 2008.
Silverblatt, I. "The Black Legend and Global Conspiracies: The Spanish Inquisition, Race-Thinking and the Emerging Modern World." In Rereading the Black Legend,edited by M Greer and W Mignolo. University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Silverblatt, I. "Modern Inquisitions." In Empires: Thinking Colonial Studies Beyond Europe,edited by A Stoler and C McGranahan,295-331. School of American Research, 2007.
Silverblatt, I. "Religion and Race in the Emerging Modern World: Indians, Incas, and Conspiracy Stories in Colonial Peru." In Practicing Catholic: Ritual, Body, and Contestation in Catholic Faith,edited by B Morrill, J Ziegler, and S Rodgers. Palgrave/MacMillan, 2006.
Silverblatt, I. "Religion and Race in the Emerging Modern World: Indians, Incas, and Conspiracy Stories in Colonial Peru." In Practicing Catholic: Ritual, Body, and Contestation in Catholic Faith,edited by BT Morrill, J Ziegler, and S Rodgers. Palgrave/MacMillian, 2006.
Silverblatt, I. "Stained Blood in the Old World and the New: New Christians and the Racial Categories of the Colonial-Modern World." Edited by AE Glauz-Todrank. Critical Research on Religion 2 (2014).
Silverblatt, I. "Heresies and colonial geopolitics." Romanic Review 103, no. 1-2 (January 1, 2012): 65-80.
Silverblatt, I. "Confronting Nationalisms, Cosmopolitan Visions, and the Politics of Memory: Aesthetics of Reconciliation and Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger in Western Ukraine (Accepted)." Dissidences 4, no. 8 (2012).
Silverblatt, I. "Chasteté et pureté des liens sociaux dans le Pérou du XVIIe siècle." Cahiers du Genre 50, no. 1 (December 1, 2011): 17-40. Full Text
Silverblatt, I. "Colonial Peru and the Inquisition: Race-Thinking, Torture, and the Making of the Modern World." Transforming Anthropology 19, no. 2 (October 2011): 132-138. Full Text
Silverblatt, I. "New Christians and new world fears in seventeenth-century Peru." COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN SOCIETY AND HISTORY 42, no. 3 (July 2000): 524-546. Full Text
Silverblatt, I. "The secret history of gender: Women, men, and power in late Colonial Mexico." COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN SOCIETY AND HISTORY 41, no. 2 (April 1999): 406-406.
Silverblatt, I. "Honor, Sex, and Civilizing in the Making of Seventeenth Century Peru." Journal of the Steward Anthropological Society 25, no. 1&2 (1997): 181-198.
SILVERBLATT, I. "LESSONS OF GENDER AND ETHNOHISTORY IN MESOAMERICA." ETHNOHISTORY 42, no. 4 (1995): 639-650. Full Text
Glauz-Todrank, AE, Boyarin, J, Silverblatt, I, Geller, J, Gross, A, Imhoff, S, and Sippy, S. "Jewish identification and critical theory: The political significance of conceptual categories." August 2014. Full Text
Lives of a Memory: Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger and the Politics of Remembrance, Jackman Humanities Insitute, University of Toronto, Center for Ethnography, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Office of the Vice-Principal (Academic) and Dean, UTSC , Univ...
El patriarcado dentro del colonialism:.El caso del Virreinato del Peru. Conferencia : no se puede decolonizar sin despatriarcalizar”; Principio Potosi Exhibition. Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore y el Museo Nacional de Arte. December 8, 2011