Postdoctoral Fellowship research project developed at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, Washington DC. Supported by a Garden and Landscape Studies Fellowship Grant, funded by Dumbarton Oaks for the academic year 2022-2023. The project features sources and manuscripts from Dumbarton Oaks' Rare Book Collection, the Library of Congress, Archivo General de Indias, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Real Chancillería de Granada, Archivo Provincial de Jaén, Archivo de Valdepeñas de Jaén, among others.
'Uncovering Colonial Lawscape' connects landscape depictions with legal documents involving Spanish, native, and mestizo agents across the Atlantic, answering the question of how law and landscape perform together in illustrated lawsuits and orders, and unfolding resistance practices through institutional procedures. This project studies manuscripts found in DO Rare Book Collection and compares them with atlases, plans, and legal records set in the domains of the Habsburg dynasty, including Andalusia, the Canary Islands, and the Americas. These show how native and morisco presence was not limited to visual depictions but extended to their own involvement in the colonial legislative game, influencing the configuration of a diversity of territories and their landscapes.
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Garden and Landscape Studies Fellow resemblance: link.