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Queen's University

Department of History

Nancy van Deusen receives John Carter Brown Library Research Fellowship

Nancy E. van Deusen has been awarded a nine-month fellowship (2014-15) at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island to conduct research on her project, "The Disappearance of the Past: Indigenous Slavery in Sixteenth-Century Spanish and Portuguese America." The forced deracination and inter-American migration of several hundred thousand indigenous people labelled as "indios" (Indians) throughout the late-fifteenth and sixteenth centuries had a tremendous impact on family formation, labour relations and notions of what it meant to be an indio in urban environments. For numerous reasons, however, archives and historical narratives have silenced this vast and ongoing displacement. Professor van Deusen seeks to explore the historicity of the disappearance of this particular past and its implications for understanding the production of knowledge about slavery and colonial governance.

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