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Joanne Rappaport
Georgetown University (Washington, DC 20057-0001)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 12/31/2011

The Meaning of Mestizaje in the Early Colonial New Kingdom of Granada

I propose to inquire into the nature of the early colonial ethnoracial hierarchy in the New Kingdom of Granada (today Colombia). A highly fluid system in which individuals could move from one status to another, I will inquire into what, precisely, classificatory fluidity involved in the first two centuries of colonial rule in the Bogota-Tunja area, looking at the constraints on mobility: gender, location, social status. Studies of this hierarchy have been dominated by research on the caste system in Mexico; by looking at a region whose ethnoracial hierarchy was not defined by caste I hope to elucidate the variation that existed across colonial Latin America.