Beatriz Marín-Aguilera

I am an archaeologist who works on colonialism, imperialism, and frontiers from comparative perspectives

I am Beatriz Marín-Aguilera, currently a Renfrew Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and Teaching Associate at the Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge.

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My aim is to get a better understanding of the intersections of race, ethnicity, societal hierarchies, and gender in the everyday life of marginalised and subaltern groups.

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Projects

My previous and current work ranges from the analysis of colonial encounters in the ancient Mediterranean and the study of Christian and Islamic imperialism in medieval and early modern Ethiopia, Morocco, and Spain, to the exploration of British and Spanish colonialism in the early modern Caribbean and in early modern Chile, respectively.

AL-ANDALUS

HERITAGE

Antigua & Barbuda

Chile

Ethiopia

Mediterranean

Research
interests

Driven by decolonial approaches, my research focuses on understanding human experiences during imperialism and colonial rule through the study of everyday things.

I am particularly interested in the complex relationship between material culture, the body, and frontiers in colonial territories. I analyse architecture, clothing, and body adornment, food technologies, and burials to explore continuities and discontinuities in kinaesthetic and sensorial experiences. My research challenges our understanding of what colonial and imperial frontiers did to mobile bodies and things, and how material culture and the body shaped the frontiers of colonialism themselves.

From the blog

Teaching Archaeology to Schoolers

Teaching Archaeology to Schoolers

I have gathered several online lessons, games and ideas to teach schoolers archaeology and have so much fun with them. There are introductions to archaeology, tips to become a (proper!) archaeology detective, colour books, papercrafts, and cooking recipes. There is something for everyone! Especially now, for all of you who need to teach online or for parents who are home-schooling, here are some motivational triggers!

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Imperial Defeat(s)

Imperial Defeat(s)

It is more common to hear about the expansion of empires than about their defeats. The colonial discourse works that way, trying to erase resistance and emphasising triumph.

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