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Renfrew Fellow announced

last modified Jun 08, 2018 10:39 AM
Dr Beatriz Marin-Aguilera is announced as the third Renfrew Fellow in Archaeology, held in association with a Junior Research Fellowship at Churchill College.

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research is pleased to announce Dr Beatriz Marin-Aguilera as the third Renfrew Fellow in Archaeology, named in honour of the Institute's founding Director, Professor Lord Colin Renfrew. The Fellowship is to be held in association with a Junior Research Fellowship at Churchill College. 

Dr Marin-Aguilera has a combined background of History and Archaeology having completed her BA, MA and PhD at Universidad Complutense, Madrid with a focus on the material culture of colonialism. During her doctoral studies, she was invited as a visiting graduate student at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Brown University, the Spanish School for History and Archaeology in Rome, and the Department of Archaeology, Glasgow University. 

Before arriving at the McDonald Institute as a research fellow on the Procon project, Beatriz was an affiliated postdoc at the Department of Archaeology at Ghent University (Belgium), and a Project Officer at the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission. She has conducted fieldwork in Antigua and Barbuda, Chile, Cyprus, Italy and Spain.

Her upcoming project is titled, "Bodies Matter: a Comparative Approach to Colonial Borderlands" which will focus on how colonial borderlands affected bodies and how bodies affected borderlands by looking at clothing and body adornment, food consumption, funerary rituals, and architecture. According to Beatriz, "The idea is to analyse the different ways in which colonists controlled the colonised body by imposing/forbidding a particular dress code, religion & food, and by regulating/restricting movement through the space (e.g. fortifications). At the same time, I want to study how bodies subverted the colonial power in the borderlands by using exactly the same material culture but in different, empowering ways."

"The goal is to get a better understanding of how racial and gender issues, power asymmetries and social inequalities were embodied and staged in colonial borderlands. In order to do so, I will compare three different colonial borderlands at various periods and geographies: the Punic western Mediterranean (6th-2nd c. BC), the northern Ethiopian border (4th-15th c. AD), and the Spanish Empire's southern frontier in the Americas (16th-19th c. AD)."

"The final aim is to establish a conceptual framework based on qualitative and quantitative analyses for the study of colonial borderlands that is applicable to different regions and periods. Contemporary borderlands are a very hot topic, and the body is the area where difference (racial, social, sexual, religious, etc.) is played out. I have a strong interest in outreach and am looking forward to working with secondary school partners to develop curriculum resources with a focus on deconstructing borders and fostering empathy."

Dr Marin-Aguilera will take up the Fellowship on 1 October 2018. 

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