History Department
History Department

IHS Workshop: "Land and Litigation in Colonial Peru," by José Carlos de la Puente, Texas State University

Mon, November 11, 2019 | gar 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

In this presentation, Dr. de la Puente discusses two complaints involving local resources, one from 1634 and one from 1641, filed by female native litigants before indigenous town councils (cabildos). These cases are the only known examples for the central Andean region. Together, moreover, they represent half of the court cases aired before native Andean cabildos known to exist today. He seeks to probe the relationship between family plots and common lands in Andean villages in order to challenge pervasive views about indigenous land regimes and assess processes of commoning and uncommoning within such communities during the colonial period.

José Carlos de la Puente is an associate professor of History at Texas State University. He received his Ph.D. in History from Texas Christian University in 2010. His teaching and research interests include native accounting technologies, indigenous chroniclers and litigants, the colonial Inka nobility, and indigenous systems of land tenure and territorial representation. His latest book, Andean Cosmopolitans: Seeking Justice and Reward at the Spanish Royal Court (University of Texas Press, 2018), received the Flora Tristán Award from the Latin American Studies Association. He is a Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies in 2019-20.

R. Alan Covey
Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to cmeador@austin.utexas.edu by Nov. 8, at 10am, to sign-up to attend. Light lunch provided to all who RSVP. The Institute for Historical Studies is committed to sustainable practices and minimizing waste. To that end, we ask that you inform us in your RSVP if you will not require lunch.  In addition, we have eliminated all bottled water and encourage attendees to bring their own reusable canteens to fill at our first-floor bottle-refilling station.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History, and LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections

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