Nino Vallen

Nino Vallen
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International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

PhD Candidate

Field of Activity

Project: "Being at the “Heart of the World”: The Pacific Rim in the Making of Creole America (1513 – 1641)"


Research Fellow at the Latin American Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


Slicher van Bath-de Jong Fonds Fellow: Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation, Amsterda, The Netherlands

Since 2010-2013

PhD Candidate of the International Research Training Group 'Between Spaces', Berlin, Germany

05/2009 - 09/2009

Research at the Archivo General de las Indias, Sevilla, Spain

02/2009 - 04/2009

Research at the Archivo General de la Nación de México, Mexico City, Mexico

2007 - 2009

Master in Historical Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands; Thesis title: "Scientific Practices at the Court of Antonio de Mendoza, first Viceroy of New Spain, 1535-1552", The Netherlands

2003 - 2007

Bachelor in History at the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

"Being at the 'Heart of the World': The Pacific Rim in the Making of Creole America (1513 – 1641)"


Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke (FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Bernd Hausberger (El Colegio de México), Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig (FU Berlin)


This project examines New Spain’s pivotal position on the crossroads between Europe and Asia during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Its principal objective is to arrive at a better understanding of how perceptions of this location contributed to the shaping of diverging political and cultural identities among the viceroyalty’s Spanish, creole and mestizo residents. Focussing on the spatial representations compiled by different groups of knowledge agents, the project seeks to bridge the gap between two strands of historiography that have often treated the “invention” of the Americas and that of the Northern Pacific as two isolated processes. In doing so, their discursive and performative actions are anchored within the flexible framework of Iberian political culture that united subjects of the crown through time and space. Such a trans-temporal and trans-imperial perspective helps us to analyse the strategies, symbolic imageries and rhetorical metaphors that actors deployed to contribute to the ongoing debates about the organisation of New Spain’s society, as well as those regarding the viceroyalty’s place and that of its inhabitants in the hierarchical order of the Habsburg empire. Hence, the position at the “heart of the world” serves both as an actual historical experience and a methodological point of view with which this study aims at showing how the movement of people, commodities and ideas from one extreme of the realm to the other contributed to the emergence of new ideas about the American patria and the Creole nation.


  •  “The Conqueror and the Archive: Social Struggles and Practices of Memorialization in Viceregal New Spain,” in What’s Left Behind. The Lieux de Mémoire of Europe beyond Europe, edited by Marjet Derks, Martijn Eickhoff, Remco Ensel en Floris Meens, 26–32 (Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2015).
  • “Healing Power: Land Surveying Politics and the Archive of Mendoza’s America (1535-1552),” in Las agencias de lo indígena en la larga era de globalización: Microperspectivas de su producción y represetación desde la época colonial temprana hasta el presente, edited by Romy Köhler and Anne Ebert, 77–98. Estudios Indiana des Iberoamerikanischen Instituts PK 7. (Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 2015).
  • “Social Conflicts and Pacific Spaces: Connections between the East and West in the Making of Creole America,” in Latin America and Asia – Relations in the Context of Globalization from Colonial Times to the Present, edited by Carlos Alba, Marianne Braig, and Stefan Rinke, 27–73 (Stuttgart: Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz, Akademischer Verlag, 2014).
  •  “Buscando el orden oriental. Agencias novohispanos y la invención discursiva de un mundo conectado,” in Intercambios, actors, enfoques. Pasaje de la historia latinoamericanaen una perspectiva global, edited by Aaron Grageda Bustamanta, 101–116 (Hermosillo: Universidad de Sonora, 2014).

  • With Joost van den Oever (2008): "De ontdekking van de archeologische geschiedenis. In gesprek met Martijn Eickhoff over de geschiedschrijving en cultureel erfgoed". ET.VT 27: 131-140.

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