The Research Project Europe 1815-1914

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Francisco Ortega

Tehostekuva Francisco A. Ortega is an associate professor at the History Department and teaches in the Cultural Studies graduate program at National University of Colombia in Bogotá. He is also the former Director of the Center for Social Studies (CES) and currently holds a research position in the same Center. Mr. Ortega obtained his PhD. from the University of Chicago (2000), where he specialized in Colonial Latin American studies and critical cultural theory. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University from 1995 to 1999 and was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 2000 to 2004. He spent 2003 in Colombia as a Fulbright scholar. Mr. Ortega has edited a Spanish language anthology on Michel de Certeau (La irrupción de lo impensado Bogotá 2003) and a newly published collection of essays by US based anthropologist Veena Das and local Colombian authors focusing on social violence, language and interpretation (Veena Das: Sujetos de dolor, agentes de dignidad Bogotá 2008). Since 2003 his main focus of research has been the political culture of the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Latin America. He has published in academic journals in the US, México, Peru and Colombia on social theory and colonial Latin American intellectual history.

Research statement:
"Born of the Same Womb, Different in Origin and Blood:  Social Fragmentation and the Making of the Gran Colombian Republics 1770-1870" (working title).

Francisco Ortega