Meet the Author – Sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
On June 23, the Institute will host Karen Graubart; Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame (USA). Dr. Graubart will offer a presentation on a portion of the research she has been conducting for her newest monograph Republics of Difference: Racial and Religious Self-Governance in the Iberian Atlantic (under contract with Oxford University Press). Graubart’s project “examines governance strategies in 15th century Seville and 16th and 17th century Lima, to show how the laws used to differentiate and administer Muslim, Jewish and sub-Saharan African communities under Christian rule in Iberia were transformed to accommodate the integration of indigenous and African peoples into the new Spanish empire. These systems of governance, which offered limited autonomy to most subject peoples, enabled communities to articulate their own notions of justice and law within the environment of Iberian Christian dominance. By focusing on the local – mapping where urban residents lived and worked, and how they acted through different social and juridical categories – the book demonstrates how Spanish forms of delegated governance created a multi-jurisdictional society that enabled communities to lead themselves via a variety of beliefs and practices.”
Professor Graubart is the author of With Our Labor and Sweat: Indigenous Women and the Formation of Colonial Society in Peru, 1550-1700 (Stanford University Press, 2007). She has also published articles in Hispanic American Historical Review, Colonial Latin American Review, Slavery and Abolition, The William and Mary Quarterly, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Latin American and Caribbean History, and other journals and books. She is the co-founder of La Patrona Collective for Colonial Latin American Scholarship. For the scholastic year 2017-2018, she has been awarded an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Fellowship.