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Marcia Carol Stephenson
Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040)

The Global Role of Andean Camelids (Llamas, Alpacas, Vicunas, and Guanacos) in Intercultural Exchange, 1568-1970

My proposed book project examines the unprecedented role played by Andean camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicunas, and guanacos) as a historical juncture or contact zone of conflicting scientific, commercial, and cultural interests for Europeans and Indian shepherds, in the Andes and in the camelid diaspora of Europe, Australia, and the United States. Integrating a medical-scientific and cultural approach to understanding camelid contact zones, my project is of significance to the humanities because it will demonstrate that camelid contact zones are novel mechanisms through which we can assess the convergence of European and indigenous knowledge and interests. It will show how the interdisciplinary model of analysis (advancing novel dialogues among the sciences and the humanities) elucidates the role played by indigenous pastoral peoples as key protagonists in the intercultural exchange of ideas in transatlantic and transpacific arenas.

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Project fields:
Latin American Studies

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,285 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2014