VIIth Francois-Xavier Guerra Seminar - Jointly organised with the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Oxford Maison Française

Jointly organised with the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Oxford Maison Française


Pauline Bilot, University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne - State in the Countryside: Rural Judicial Administration in Chile, 1824-1875 

Nathaniel Morris, UCL - Fair-Weather Friends: Indigenous Militias, Rural Rebels and Revolutionary Governments in Mexico, 1850-1950 

Conveners: Carlos Pérez Ricart and Eduardo Posada-Carbó

Pauline Bilot is a History Teacher. Her academic work combines political and legal history in 19-century Chile, compiling several articles and book chapters on the subject of the administration of Justice in Chile in the 19th Century. Her interest is to understand state-building reality, particularly in rural space, from the perspective of territorial courts and judges (justicia lega). She also published Les Allemandes au Chili (Presses Universitaire de Rennes, 2010). She completed her Ph-D in History at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; her Master in History at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and her Bachelor’s Degree in History at Toulouse-Jean Jaurés University. 


Nathaniel Morris is a historian of modern Mexico, specialising in indigenous-state relations, autonomist movements and the drug trade. He is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at University College London, where he is working on indigenous vigilante groups in rural Mexico, and the ties of culture, identity and memory that link their modern incarnations (autodefensas and policías comunitarias) with their revolutionary-era predecessors, the so-called defensas sociales. He holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, and his first book, entitled Soldiers, Saints and Shamans: Indian Communities and the Revolutionary State in Mexico's Gran Nayar, 1910-1940, is currently under review with an academic press in the US.