Laurent Corbeil

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Corbeil Profil PictureSSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599


BA Université de Montréal, 2004
MA Université de Montréal, 2006
PhD McGill University, 2015

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Laurent Corbeil is a historian of Latin America. His research brings together the social, legal, and urban history of indigenous peoples, colonialism, borderlands, and identity. He received his PhD from McGill University (Montréal, Canada). His postdoctoral fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Corbeil’s book manuscript, The Motions Beneath, is a history of the encounter of thousands of indigenous peoples representing ten linguistic groups who arrived to the urban frontier that was the mining town of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, at the turn of the seventeenth century. His objective is to understand indigenous contribution to the establishment of this multicultural borderland town. In order to accomplish this, he studies a period of forty years that corresponds to the first mining boom and first two generations of indigenous migrants. Using parish records and very rich criminal documentation allowed to go beyond the political structures of indigenous communities, and beneath the gloss of Spanish colonialism to bring to the fore the modes of social organization that were important to indigenous peoples. The book depicts the variety of paths on which indigenous peoples set foot to build this complex, multicultural society. It bridges the themes of identity, ethnicity, labour, class, sexuality, migration, and legal culture.

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Some Notable Publications

  • (Forthcoming, 2017) Identidades en movimiento: Una pluralidad de indios en el San Luis Potosí temprano. San Luis Potosí: El Colegio de San Luis.
  • (Forthcoming) “Walking to the Northern Mines: Mesoamerican Migration in New Spain.” In Mapping Migration, Identity, and Space, edited by Tabea Linhard and Tim Parsons.
  • (Forthcoming, Spring 2017) “Trabajo e identidades indígenas en San Luis Potosí, 1591-1630.” Revista de El Colegio de San Luis, Vetas.
  • “El Instituto Nacional Indigenista en el municipio de Oxchuc, 1951-1971.” LiminaR. Estudios Sociales y humanísticos 11 (1), 2013: 57-72.
  • “El Instituto Nacional Indigenista y la reforma del Municipio de Oxchuc, Chiapas.” In Nación y Municipio en México. Siglos xix y xx, edited by Sergio Miranda Pacheco, 327-342. México: Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2012.
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