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Lorena López Jáuregui

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International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future in Latin America'

Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation

PhD Candidate

Project: "Past Remains as Projections of the Future: Transnational Reflections on the Latin-American Heritage in 1910"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


Since 05/2019

PhD Student, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’, Freie Universität Berlin

2016 – 2019

Master of Arts, Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, M.A. Theses: “America for the Americanists: Academia and Collectionism in the 17th International Congress of Americanists (Argentina-Mexico, 1910)”


Certificate (diplomado), History and anthropology of religions, Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia

2011 - 2012

Exchange Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, DGECI-UNAM Scholarshipholder

2008 – 2013

Bachelor (licenciatura), History, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, B.A. Thesis: “Civilizar, mezclar, deportar y exterminar. Prácticas y discursos de poder alrededor de la Guerra del Yaqui (1884-1904)”

 Work Experience 

Since 05/2019

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’, Freie Universität Berlin

2017 – 2019

Student Assistent, Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke, Freie Universität Berlin


Research Assistant, Prof. Dr. Sven Beckert, Research Project: “Global History of Capitalism”, Harvard University

2015 – 2016

Assistant Professor, “Porfirismo” Seminar of Prof. Mtro. Rubén Ruiz Guerra, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Research Assistant, Prof. Dr. Federico Navarrete, Research Project “Historia y memoria de los pueblos indígenas de América”, Papiit Scholarshipholder, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Voluntary Service, Museo Casa de Alfeñique, Project: “Divulgación del Museo Casa de Alfeñique”, Director: Patricia Vázquez Olvera

Project: "Past Remains as Projections of the Future: Transnational Reflections on the Latin-American Heritage in 1910"

Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Stefan Rinke, Freie Universität Berlin

This research project seeks to give a comprehensive picture of projections of the future generated from archaeological objects and human remains from Latin America during the juncture of 1910. Given the predominance of stories marked by national borders, this research is proposed as a fertile field that crosses national and disciplinary boundaries. By highlighting a specific moment in the biography of certain antiquities and remains, links will be drawn between the development of disciplines such as archeology, anthropology and linguistics, and scientific and national discourses during the first decade of the 20th century. Based on the analysis of the main Latin American objects preserved by museums and discussed by scholars from around the world during the International Congress of Americanists in 1910, this research project addresses nationalist narratives and scientific theories generated from material objects and human remains during the centennial celebrations of independence in Mexico and Argentina.

Using the semiophoren concept proposed by Krzysztof Pomian, I explain how these objects were converted into bearers of meanings that connected "the visible" -the corporeality or materiality- of the object, with "the invisible" -temporally far- (Pomian, 2013). Thus, the visible materiality of the semiophoren preserved in museums considered heritage would become a vestige of a past with potential future projections, often linked to nationalist and scientific objectives of its enunciators. Thus, in the framework of an interdisciplinary group that analyzes the temporalities of the future, I raise the following questions: what future projection can be identified in the active search, preservation, and study of remains of the past, undertaken by Americanist scientists? How were objects reinterpreted in nationalist or scientistic discourses during the Centennial of Independence in America? At a disciplinary level, the doctoral project intertwines history, anthropology and material culture studies, and profits of the understudied entanglements between the main national and ethnological museums of Mexico, Argentina, Germany, the USA, Bolivia and Peru. On a chronological level, remote pasts connect with the present and the future of the concept of Latin-American heritage.

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