|April 9th 2009||Community|
|Admissions / Ticket information||FREE|
|Location||Five College Women's Studes Research Center, South Hadley, MA|
|Speaker||Jessica Delgado, Five College Women’s Studies Research Associate from the University of California|
|Title||Constraints and Opportunities in Colonial Catholic Patriarchy: Laywomen and the Church in 17th and 18th Century Mexico|
|Sponsor||Five College Women's Studes Research Center|
On Thursday, April 9 at 5pm, Jessica Delgado, Five College Women’s Studies Research Associate from the University of California will give a talk entitled “Constraints and Opportunities in Colonial Catholic
Patriarchy: Laywomen and the Church in 17th and 18th Century Mexico.”
Drawing on church court documents, institutional records, as well as art and images, Delgado argues that though the Catholic Church sought to control and regulate laywomen, it also became an important resource for support, protection, and in some cases, a certain measure of autonomy. To take advantage of these opportunities, laywomen presented themselves and their needs in ways that fit church teachings and goals.
This both limited and validated the church's power in society, as local church authorities found themselves forced to accommodate women's interpretations of religious teachings, ecclesiastical law, and the goals of specific church institutions.
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