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Julio Aguilar

Education

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American History. Minor Field: Environmental History
  • M.A. in History (Concentration in Ethnohistory), University of Chile, 2013
  • B.A in Education, University of Tarapacá 2007
  • Professional Degree in History and Geography, University of Tarapacá, 2007

About

Julio Aguilar is a Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American History, specializing in Andean social history and environmental history. Prior to arriving at UC Davis, he obtained a master’s degree in History with emphasis in Ethnohistory from the University of Chile and a degree in History and Education from the University of Tarapacá. He has participated in several research projects and publications on colonial Andes and northern Chile. He taught in the University of Viña del Mar in Chile. Julio Aguilar is also a Research Associated of the Center of Historical Studies at the University Bernardo O´Higgins, Chile.

Research Focus

Julio Aguilar's research focus on environmental transformations, water management, and the experiences of diverse people living in mining landscape in Bolivian Andes. His dissertation “A Thirsty Colonization: Water and Urban Political Ecology in the Silver City of Potosí” brings together social and environmental history to examine how the fate of the Spanish colonization and the people of the mining city of Potosí (present-day Bolivia) converged around a dramatic search for water in the Andean highland. The research underscores the history of the one of the most impressive water infrastructure of the early modern world: the reservoirs and the human-made river of Potosi. This hydraulic infrastructure was at the center of various conflicts in the wake of booming silver production and rapid urbanization in a challenging environment without a permanent water source at 13,420 feet above sea level. He is also interest in the history of the indigenous people and cultural and environmental changes in the Atacama Desert.  

Selected Publications

Book

González, S., Aguilar, J. & F. Garrido. (2015) Qhapaq Ñan: El Sistema Vial Andino y los Incas en el Norte de Chile. Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales. Santiago, Chile.

Aguilar, J., Cisternas, P. & C. Mondaca (2010) En los Umbrales de la Muerte.  Testamentos de Arica y Tacna siglo XIX, Fondart Regional, Arica, Chile.  

Chapters

Aguilar, J  (2020, in preparation) “Water for the Monarchy of the World: Maestros and Mitayos of  the Reservoirs of Colonial Potosí

Hidalgo, J., N. Castro, P. Cisternas, and J. Aguilar (2014)  “Género, etnicidad, poder e historia indígena en Chile”. In: Hidalgo, J. (editor) Historia andina en Chile vol. II: Políticas Imperiales, dinámicas regionales y sociedades indígenas, Editorial Universitaria, Santiago, 365-391.

Hidalgo, J., N. Castro, and J. Aguilar. (2013) “Historia de los pueblos andinos de Arica, Tarapacá y Atacama. Etnohistoriografía de un programa de investigación, 1971-2012”. In: Zanolli C., J. Costilla. D. Estruch and A. Ramos (comp.) Los estudios andinos hoy. Práctica intelectual y estrategias de investigación, Prohistoria ediciones, Rosario-Argentina, 243-276.

Journal Articles

Hidalgo, J, P. Cisternas, and J. Aguilar (2019) “Cambios políticos, sociales y económicos en relación a la pesca y la extracción de guano en las costas de Arica y Tarapacá, siglos XVI a inicios del XIX,” Estudios Atacameños , No. 61, 275-298.

Hidalgo,J, M. Marsilli, and J. Aguilar (2016) “Redes familiares, carreras eclesiásticas y extirpación de idolatrías: Doctrina de Camiña, Tarapacá. Siglo XVII”, Chungará Revista de Antropología Chilena, Vol. 48, N° 3: 409-428

Aguilar, J. and P. Cisternas. (2013) “Pesquerías coloniales en Tarapacá, siglo XVII. Mercado interno y cristianización”. Allpanchis N°81/82, 155-195.

 

Awards

2018    Emile G. Scholz Prize for the most outstanding paper in History 203. Paper: "A Thirsty Colonization: Building Potosi Hydraulic Infrastructure, 1572-1626"

2017    Reed-Smith Research Grant, UC Davis

2016    Graduate Fellowship National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) Becas-Chile Ph.D. UC-Davis

2009    Fellowship for short time academic research, University of Chile.

2008-2009       Graduate Fellowship National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) Master in History Program mention Ethnohistory

2005-2006       Research Support Thesis Undergraduate Research Center of the Man in the Desert (CIHDE)