LAS Historian Javier Villa-Flores Named Fellow of the National Humanities Center

Javier Villa-Flores, UIC LAS associate professor of Latin American and Latino studies and history, has been named a fellow of the National Humanities Center for the 2015-16 academic year.

The National Humanities Center, located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina, is an independent institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since its opening, the center has awarded fellowships to more than 1,300 scholars in the humanities, whose work at the center has resulted in the publication of more than 1,500 books in all fields of humanistic study.

Villa-Flores – who studies religious issues, colonialism, performance studies and the social history of language in colonial Mexico – will join 36 other distinguished scholars from 32 institutions across the United States and eight foreign countries working on a wide array of projects. He will also have opportunities to participate in seminars, lectures and conferences.

Villa-Flores, who is the fourth UIC scholar to be selected since the center opened in 1978, will work on his project “Perjurers, Impersonators, and Liars: Public Faith and the Dark Side of Trust in Eighteenth-Century Mexico.”

He has written two books – “Carlo Ginzburg: The Historian as Theoretician” (University of Guadalajara, 1995) and “Dangerous Speech: A Social History of Blasphemy in Colonial Mexico” (University of Arizona Press, 2006).

Villa-Flores has also co-edited two books – “Emotions and Daily Life in Colonial Mexico” (University of New Mexico Press, 2014), and “From the Ashes of History: Loss and Recovery of Archives in Latin America” (A Contracorriente, 2015).

His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Carter Brown Library, the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library and the Institute for the Humanities at UIC. In 2014, he received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Mid-Career Faculty Award.

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