The Doucet Scholarship

The Doucet Scholarship

The Doucet Collection

The mpilhlt was able to substantially expand the collection of its library in the area of the history of derecho indiano, thanks to the integration in 2015 of approximately 4,800 titles belonging to the collection of the legal historians Lourdes Lascurain de Doucet and Gaston Doucet. The collection contains editions of both historical and fundamental legal-historical sources, as well as scientific research on the history of modern early law, covering the entire Hispanic-American sphere (including the Philippine Islands) up to the time of independence. The Doucet Library has more than 600 works on history in general, over 1,700 titles on New Spain, more than 800 works on the River Plate and another 600 on Peru and Alto Peru, as well as many other books on the Antilles, Florida, Yucatan, Chile, the Philippines, Venezuela, New Granada and Paraguay. To consult the titles that make up the Collection, you can access the catalogue of the institute's library and enter "Provenienz Doucet" in the basic search field of the Opac:

The Doucet Scholarship

In order to facilitate access to the collection for young researchers from outside Frankfurt, especially from Latin America, who are interested in using this important collection, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History provides an annual scholarship for a three-month research stay at the Institute.

The candidates that have been selected thus far:

  • 2020 Katherine Godfrey (Pennsylvania State University), Negotiationg Law, Justice, and Ethnic Identities in the New Kingdom of Granada, 1538-1680
  • 2019 Bruno Oliveira Castelo Branco (Universidade Federal Fluminense), Fronteiras Sobrepostas: entre o trabalho e a escravidão guarani na conquista e colonização da América Meridional (1541-1641)
  • 2018 Marcela Saenz Castro (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Reclamos indígenas y justicia. Los viajes a la Real Audencia de Buenes Aires a fines de la colonia
  • 2018 Cristian Miguel Poczynok (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Los derechos de propiedad de la tierra en Hispanoamérica entre los siglos XVIII y XIX: un balance desde los aportes de la historia cultural y crítica del derecho (see the report on his stay).

Call 2022

The second call for applications for the "Doucet Scholarship” is open and the deadline for sending applications for a stay from January to March 2022 (03.01-31.03.2022) is 15 September 2021. Specifically, the financial support consists of: 48 € per day, for a maximum of 90 days; reimbursement of the airfare (up to 1000 € for transatlantic flights, 500 € for flights within Europe). There is also the possibility of renting a room in the Institute's residences (available for full months and costs approx. 650 € per month).

Young researchers may submit proposals on the history of colonial law, directly related to the monographs and editions of sources that make up the Doucet Collection.

Applications (CV, project description and motivation letter regarding the use of the Doucet Collection) are to be submitted in Spanish or English by 15 September 2021, addressed to Prof. Thomas Duve, at the following e-mail address:

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