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Joe Borsato (PhD Candidate) receives Huntington Library Fellowship

PhD Candidate Joe Borsato has received a prestigious Huntington Library Fellowship. This fellowship provides a short-term grant for Joe to conduct research at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, during the 2023-24 academic year. 

Joe’s SSHRC-supported doctoral project investigates the “discourses of intrusion,” or the legal justifications for the English occupation of Indigenous spaces in the Atlantic world, including in Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin Island), Tsenacommacah (Virginia), K’taqamkuk (Newfoundland), Güiri noko (the Orinoco delta), and Mhumhain (Munster). His project examines foundations of international law at a time of early Indigenous-English contact and entanglement in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. 

He is supervised by Jeffrey Collins and Scott Berthelette. 

Congratulations, Joe!


Department of History, Queen's University

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Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.