Theory and Critique

The Theory and Critique Working Group (TCWG) responds to Latin America’s key role as a supplier of ‘raw’ knowledge but one rarely recognized as a vital source of ‘cooked’ knowledge. Building upon the findings of the other groups, TCWG will identify the main historical conduits and blockages of knowledge, theory, and critique between Latin America and the rest of the world, including trade routes and networks of patronage, identifying key moments in the polemical histories of theory and its critique, including the means by which ‘theory’ that originated in Latin America came to be seen as ‘European.’ The group will hold virtual meetings and a workshop linked to a public conference in Quito on January 10-12, 2018.



Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and author of How to Write the History of the New World (Stanford, 2001).


Mercedes Prieto

Professor of Anthropology and History at FLACSO, Ecuador and author of Liberalismo y temor: la construcción de los sujetos indígenas en Ecuador, 1895-1950 (Flacso, 2004).


Lina María del Castillo

Assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Crafting a Republic for the World: Scientific, Geographic and Historiographical Inventions of Colombia, (Nebraska, 2018).



Miruna Achim (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico)

Peter Burke (University of Cambridge, UK

Rebecca Earle (University of Warwick, UK)

Nicola Miller (University College of London, UK)

Elisa Sevilla (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Ecuador)

Adrián Masters (The University of Texas at Austin)

Alessandra Russo (Columbia University)