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Sabine Hyland | Iconicity in Andean Khipus

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Lincoln Hall, Room 1060
Apr 24, 2024   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
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Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

Join us in welcoming Dr. Sabine Hyland (Professor and Director of Research, School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews) for her talk "Iconicity in Andean Khipus"

Abstract:  In the past, scholars have considered khipus to be one of the only "non-iconic" writing systems in the world, in which there is a purely arbitrary relationship between khipu signs and their meanings. This talk will argue that iconicity is, in fact, fundamental to khipu semiosis, and plays a central role in how khipus conveyed meaning. After exploring iconicity in Inka and post-Inka khipus, the presentation will conclude with a consideration of why iconicity is relevant to our attempts to understand khipus

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