Cynthia Radding, 2010–2011 | National Humanities Center

Cynthia Radding (NHC Fellow, 2010–11)

Project Title

Bountiful Deserts and Imperial Shadows: Corridors of Knowledge and Migration in Northern New Spain (1680-1820)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2010–11

Cynthia Radding read widely for and began writing her book Bountiful Deserts and Imperial Shadows: Seeds of Knowledge and Corridors of Migration in Northern New Spain. She also wrote "The Children of Mayahuel: Agaves and Desert Creation in Northern Mexico," forthcoming in Environmental History; "San Ildefonso de Ostimuri: Colonial Spaces in the Fragmented Communities of Northern New Spain" to appear in The Contested Spaces of Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press); "Las misiones y los corredores imperiales en los espacios indígenas de la tierra adentro de Nueva España" for Pescadores de Alma: Jesuítas e missões no Ocidente e no Oriente (EdUFMT/Editora Unisinos). In addition, she revised "Of the Lands In-Between and the Environments of Modernity" for A Land Between Waters: Environmental Histories of Modern Mexico (University of Arizona Press) and "Human Geographies and Landscapes of the Divine in the Northern Mesoamerican Borderlands" for Reimagining Nature (Bucknell University Press). Her paper on "Intersecting Borderlands: 'Los bárbaros' in the Enduring Forests between the Andes and the Amazonian River Basin" will appear in the Southern California Quarterly.