(p. ix) Acknowledgments
(p. ix) Acknowledgments
The editors of The Oxford Handbook of Borderlands of the Iberian World gratefully express our appreciation to the institutions and colleagues whose support has made possible the publication of this deeply satisfying collective work. The coordination of ideas, themes, and research that went into each chapter was achieved through two International Authors’ Colloquia, organized as a series of workshops to discuss chapter drafts capped by plenary sessions for the full group of participants and the public, in Mexico City (2014) and Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2015). These colloquia proved to be essential for integrating the chapters into a unified volume and for building community among the forty authors, who come from different nationalities, languages, and academic traditions. Their realization was made possible through the institutional support of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Azcapotzalco, the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the Consulado General de México in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the Americas Research Network, which also contributed resources for chapter translations from the generous donation of the Betty Meggers Fund. We are particularly grateful to the staff and student support of the host institutions who helped us coordinate these events: Greta de León, Beatriz Riefkohl, the late Shelley Clarke, Hannah Gil, Justin Blanton, Angélica Castillo, Marissa García, Michael Williams, Joyce Loftin, Armando Égido, and Julio César Villar Segura. We also want to thank Romualdo López Zárate, Dean of UAM Azcapotzalco for his enthusiastic support and the address he pronounced in the opening of the colloquium held in Mexico City; and the people who took part in the Forum on Migration and Cultural Re-Creation across Borders organized to open the second Colloquium in Chapel Hill: Honorable Javier Díaz de León from the Mexican Consulate delivered the main address of the Inauguration. Fabrício Prado moderated the forum and Linda M. Rupert, Danna A. Levin Rojo, and Altha Cravey made scholarly presentations on relevant topics relating to borderlands, community, and migration.
Chapter 15, “Indigenous Histories in Colonial Brazil: Between Ethnocide and Ethnogenesis,” is authored by the late John M. Monteiro (1956–2013). John had accepted our invitation to participate in the handbook with enthusiasm, but his untimely death in April 2013 precluded the completion of the chapter that he had proposed for our book. The chapter here included fits our thematic emphasis; it is previously inedited, but portions of the text had been published in his essay, “Rethinking Amerindian Resistance and Persistence in Colonial Portuguese America,” in New Approaches to Resistance in Brazil and Mexico, edited by John Gledhill and Patience A. Schell (Durham, NC: Duke (p. x) University Press, 2012, 25–43). We thank Duke University Press for allowing us to publish “Indigenous Histories in Colonial Brazil” in this volume and we are especially grateful to John’s literary executors Maria Helena Machado and Thomas Monteiro for graciously permitting us to publish this chapter. We are equally indebted to Hal Langfur, who first brought this text to our attention and assisted Cynthia Radding in the work of editing and adapting the essay for publication. It is an honor to include it in this book on borderlands.
The volume came together over a four-year period through different stages of research, writing, and rewriting, thanks to the hard work of all the authors. In the full process of editing and formatting the texts and preparing the front and back matter, we were assisted in very important ways by Michelle Aguilar Vera, Catherine Tracy Goode, and José Manuel Moreno Vega in addition to the translators for eleven of the individual chapters, who are named together with the authors at the beginning of their respective chapters. We gratefully acknowledge the professional assistance we received from Nancy Toff and the editorial staff of the Oxford University Press. Finally, we express our deep appreciation to the authors, our colleagues and friends, who agreed to join us in this adventure of thinking about borderlands in ways that connect different imperial spheres and cross national and disciplinary borders.