The Public Domain of Domesticity: Preliminary Research in Ecuador

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2007

Project Description/Abstract

I propose to do two weeks of exploratory research in Quito and Cuenca, Ecuador from June 3-17 to buy books and consult archival holdings; this will be the first stage in my next large-scale research project, which will focus on issues of the multifaceted nature of urban domesticity in Ecuador. Upon my return, from June 19-July 10, I will begin reading over materials gathered, as well as obtain further materials via purchase and interlibrary loan. I intend to examine how middle- and upper-class women engaged with changing marriage and gender laws in the 19th and early 20th centuries; I also plan to study issues pertaining to indigenous domestic servants in urban areas. I will use the money from this grant to travel to and stay at hotels in Ecuador, purchase books, and establish which archival holdings will be most likely to prove fruitful as I embark on research of this topic. This first phase of research will result in a bibliography providing an overview of available primary and secondary sources on domesticity, with a focus on Ecuadorian materials. I will also submit proposals to share preliminary findings both at BSC and at conferences, and I will draft a grant proposal for the next phase of this long-term project.

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