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Rocio Quispe-Agnoli, Spanish
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Professor Rocío Quispe-Agnoli’s latest book appeared in print in 2016: Nobles de papel: Identidades oscilantes y genealogías borrosas en los descendientes de la realeza Inca. [Nobles on Paper]Madrid: Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2016.

thumbnail_2016 Nobles de Papel Cover.jpgDeparting from the discursive analysis of the petitions of nobility by the Uchu Túpac Yupanqui family of Perú (1544-1800), this book examines the oscillating identities of the descendants of Inca kings in eighteenth-century Mexico. Various written and visual documents depict the twelve-year legal and social journey of Doña María Joaquina Uchu Inca in colonial notaries and viceregal offices. In this process, Doña María Joaquina and her ancestors displayed what I refer to as “oscillating identities” to describe the back-and-forth motion of their identifying features.  However, the recognition as members of Inca nobility only took place on paper of legal documents. Thus, I refer to the Uchu Túpac Yupanqui as “Nobles on Paper” to denote the lack of full acknowledgment of their rights by the colonial authorities.

More information: http://www.iberoamericana-vervuert.es/FichaLibro.aspx?P1=103926

In addition, Professor Quispe-Agnoli has received a HARP development grant for her project “From Coyas to Doñas: Inca Noble women and the Making of the Colonial Archive.” This project studies written records authored by Inca noblewomen and portraits of Inca noble characters commissioned by them between 1550s and 1800. Its main goal is to showcase women of the Inca elite who contributed to the making of the native archive and the shaping of Spanish-Inca colonial history.  She plans to use this grant to work on this project in the fall semester 2018. These funds supplement her book projects at the core of her 2017 sabbatical leave.