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Franz Hensel Riveros

M.A. in Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)

Franz Hensel Riveros



I'm following the fantastic intercontinental debate around the "Latin" or "Hispanic" character of nineteenth-century America. After the revolutionary wave, more than scattered nations were in the making; a continent was also in construction. My dissertation tells this story, and the fundamental struggles about the past and the future that all of that entailed.


Franz D. Hensel-Riveros is a political scientist converted to history, or at least he likes to think so.  He did a B.A. in Political Science, and then he obtained one in history.  Later on, he thought an M.A. in Anthropology might be useful to write and think historically.  Although he was right, he ended up doing history, telling tales, and imagining things with words –preferably documented. 

One of those things I'm trying to imagine is my dissertation –here the "third person" stopped. I’m following a diverse group of intellectuals that participated in the contentious process of defining America either as “Latin” or “Hispanic” in the nineteenth century.  Back and forth between London, Santiago, Paris, Madrid, New York, and Buenos Aires, these intellectuals contributed to shape long-lasting representations of the continent. 

I also happened to have written a book, edited a couple of collective volumes, and participated in different journals and collective works on absolutely homogeneous subjects like subjectivity, autobiography and the writing of history, early-nineteenth century republic, and heterodox experts who thought they might save a country through thrift.  

I'd be happy to hear from you!

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