Author Archives: Francisco A. Ortega

About Francisco A. Ortega

Francisco A. Ortega is a professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. He specializes in intellectual and political history in Colombia and Spanish America. He has also published on the theory of history and on the relations between social violence, history, and memory. He has been a visiting scholar at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Harvard University, Stanford, and at the Max Planck Institute-Frankfurt. He is currently preparing a manuscript on the languages of social difference and the cultural, political and institutional challenges faced by early Spanish American republics during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Postcolonial Cosmopolitan Republicanism: A Conceptual Approach to Nineteenth-Century New Granada/Colombia

Abstract: This article employs a conceptual approach to understand the place and importance of cosmopolitanism for Colombians between independence from Spain (in 1819) and the ensemble of liberal reforms that were designed to end enduring social and economic colonial structures (1846–1863). While the concept of cosmopolitanism did not play a conspicuous role during the first fifty years of the country’s independence, it constituted an ineludible component of its early republican vocabulary and practices. Furthermore, Colombian cosmopolitan republicanism is best understood as structurally ambivalent in that Continue reading → Continue reading →