University of Maryland, College Park

Latin American Studies Center

Visiting Scholar

Intellectual History and the Political Languages of Latin America and the Hispanic World

April 2 - 6

Prof. Elías José Palti, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Prof. Palti will be in residence for seven days. He will lecture publically and run an intensive workshop for graduate students and faculty. Advanced undergraduates may also attend.

Mark your calendars.

Lecture: In the Folds of the Sacred: A Genealogy of the Political in the Hispanic World

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 2, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: 3202 Knight Hall


"The political" is not an eternal category but rather an "invention" of the seventeenth century from within the frameworks of theological thought and was even inconceivable before. The development of political thinking in the Hispanic world between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries provides us fundamental keys to comprehending that crucial phenomenon that will determine all subsequent political development and debates. 


Workshop: Recent Approaches in Intellectual History and the Political Languages of Nineteenth-Century Latin America

Date and Time: Saturday, April 6, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Location: 2120 Francis Scott Key (Merrill Room)


The theoretical developments that made intellectual history one of the most dynamic and innovative areas in the field of the humanities paved the way for the definition of new objects and kinds of approaches to them and oblige us to revise traditional forms of understanding Latin American politico-intellectual history. A fundamental aspect of these reformulations is the new possibilities they open to integrate cultural processes into broader scenarios than the national ones and to analyze modes of symbolical interaction and intellectual exchange much more complex and problematic than previously thought.


Elías José Palti is one of the most innovative and prolific writers on the intellectual history of Latin America. He obtained his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997, after which he pursued postdoctoral studies at El Colegio de México and Harvard University. He currently teaches at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and frequently serves as a guest professor in universities worldwide. He is the author of ten books and currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Ideas. Palti has received various prizes and fellowships, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.


Those wishing to attend the workshop should RSVP to [log in to unmask] by Friday, April 5, 2013. Participants in the workshops should be prepared to do a short set of readings, which will be provided by e-mail.