Sandra Acocal has been selected as a participant in the summer 2024 workshop “Missionary Manuscripts in Mesoamerican Languages,” jointly organized by the Princeton University Library, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Library of Congress.

The workshop offers an introduction to the missionary records in Mesoamerican languages, drawing on collection materials from the Garrett-Gates Collection of Mesoamerican Manuscripts at the Princeton University Library, the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Books collection, and selected materials in the Special Collections from the Library of Congress. Participants will receive specialized and contextual knowledge about this body of source materials, with a particular focus on documents in Mayan languages and Nahuatl. The curriculum will include, among others, the following topics: missionary documents and text genres and their intertextualities; conversion through alphabetization; Indigenous agencies and Mesoamerican book traditions; European textual antecedents and religious traditions; the concept of arte and missionary grammatical description; missionary lexicography; translation practices; collectors and collection histories; archives and digital repositories. 

When Asked Sandra about her experience applying for this opportunity and her future plans, Sandra suggested: 

1. Why did you decide to apply for this opportunity?

I decided to apply for the "Missionary Manuscripts in Mesoamerican Languages" workshop because of the high quality of the program and the great researchers involved.

2. What do you hope to get out of the workshop?

What I expect from the workshop is to know in an "intimate way" the collection of Mexican documents in indigenous languages held by Princeton University Library , Dumbarton Oaks, and the Library of Congress. Documents are explained through great specialists. I believe that within all these collections, there are documents that will allow me to develop my dissertation.

3. What advice would you give others who may be interested in applying for such opportunities?

That they [Students] are previously familiar with this and other calls of interest to be prepared at the time of applying. And, that when they apply they have a clear objective to explain to the organizing committee. 


Congratulations to Sandra, and we hope this opportunity will result in her gaining a deeper understanding of her dissertation. 

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