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Richard Kernaghan
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)

Lands, Territory, and Law in Post-war Peru

Summer research and writing on Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies.

This project examines how land, territory, and law have transformed during aftermaths of war in a coca-growing region of Peru. Focusing on transportation histories and everyday material practices of transportation operators (transportistas), it documents changes in rural routes, spatial prohibitions, and land ownership. Because of transportistas' close relationships with features of terrains presently in flux, their experiences offer an excellent means for grasping how prior times of violence resonate today as new patterns of rural mobility emerge. The Topographies of Law project critically extends post-conflict literatures, contributes to theories of space and place in the humanities, and enriches the historical record of Peru's internal war. With a NEH Summer Stipend I will undertake two months of fieldwork to order to collect local accounts and visual materials for a manuscript and a digital archive documenting social and topographic legacies of the Huallaga Valley's wartime past.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Latin American Studies

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015