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Christina Maria Bueno
Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago, IL 60625-4699)
The Allure of Antiquity: Archaeology and the Making of Modern Mexico, 1877-1910

With the support of an NEH Fellowship, I will complete the last three chapters of a book manuscript titled "The Allure of Antiquity: Archaeology and the Making of Modern Mexico (1877-1910)." This study examines the ways in which the Mexican government took control of the nation’s pre-Hispanic remains and used them for the purposes of state and nation building during the Porfiriato, the regime of Porfirio Díaz. It argues that the Porfirian regime was the first in Mexico to develop a concerted project to gather, preserve, and display pre-Hispanic antiquities. It underscores how this project stemmed from an elite counterimperial consciousness that sought to shape and defend Mexico’s national image. At the same time, however, it also reveals how the process of making the national archaeological patrimony reinforced patterns of domination.

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Project fields:
Latin American History

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Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2011 – 6/30/2012