Lecturer of Art + Art History
Jamie Forde (PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder) specializes in the architecture and visual culture of prehispanic and colonial Latin America, with a focus on central and southern Mexico. He employs both art historical and archaeological methods in studying indigenous Mexican societies during the colonial encounter, and he is the director of an ongoing archaeological research project based at the site of Achiutla, located in the Mixtec highlands of Oaxaca. He is currently finishing a book manuscript based on this work, which examines life histories of sacred architecture, how meanings surrounding ruins have endured and been reimagined over millennia, and how these ruins and meanings impinge upon contemporary understandings of community and heritage.
Professor Forde’s field research in Oaxaca has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Waitt Foundation of National Geographic. He has held research fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the John Carter Brown Library of Brown University, and the Newberry Library of Chicago. His work has been published in journals including the International Journal of Historical Archaeology and Ancient Mesoamerica, and he is author of a forthcoming article for Colonial Latin American Review. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his teaching focuses on indigenous arts of both prehispanic and colonial Latin America, as well as broader issues related to architecture, museums, heritage, and material culture.
Publications and a CV can be found on his Academia.edu page