Spring 2011 Athenaeum Series: Women in Mexico

Kent Library Athenaeum Event Wednesday, March 23 — Noon Sadie’s Place in Kent Library

Slave-Visionary-La China Poblana
The woman “the land of the Mughals gave to the world
And the city of Puebla de los Angeles gave to heaven”
Presented by Dr. Roshni Rustomiji-Kerns

Born in India, Mirrha was kidnapped by Portuguese and brought to New Spain as a slave. Later baptized as Catarina de San Juan in Cochin, she is one of the most important visionaries of 17th century New Spain, and is the possible origin of the China Poblanas of Puebla, the traditional style of dress of women in the Mexican Republic. Dr. Roshni Rustomji-Kerns will explore the origins and the narratives surrounding Mirrha-Catarina de San Juan.

Dr. Roshni Rustomji-Kerns was born in Mumbai, India and has lived, studied and worked in India, Pakistan, Lebanon, the United States of America, and Mexico. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, a Master of Arts in English and American Literature, and a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature. She has researched the areas of South Asian, Women’s and Latin American Studies and has published numerous scholarly articles, monographs, and works of fiction.


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