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Masculinidades científicas en el siglo diecinueve latinoamericano: el caso del suizo Johann Jakob von Tschudi

Tomás’s current project focuses on Swiss naturalist Johann Jakob von Tschudi and his voyages in Latin America within extensive scientific networks and economic enterprises during the mid-nineteenth century. This research aims to explore a paradigmatic case in the global history of knowledge, while contributing to current debates on transnational approaches in Swiss historiography and the study of European imperialism. Focusing on Tschudi’s biography, it examines the role played by scientific practices in the construction of ‘entangled’ masculinities through racist discourse in Latin America but also through class distinction in the Central European context during the mid-nineteenth century.

Tomás Bartoletti is Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. He is a historian of science and colonialism interested in indigenous epistemologies, slavery and plantations during the long nineteenth century. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Buenos Aires. He read Latin American Literature and Linguistics at the University of Buenos Aires and History of Science and Technology at the University of Quilmes (Argentina). Between 2019 and 2021, Tomás was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chair for History of the Modern World of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich. He has been Fellow Researcher in the Research Center Gotha (2019), the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt (2017-2018) and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2014-2016).

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