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Ricardo Uribe


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

Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation

PhD Candidate

Project: "Clocks for the New World: History of Universal Time. From Lima to Greenwich (1583-1884)"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


Since 05/2019

PhD student, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

02/2018 – 04/2019

Master in Advanced Studies and Research on Medieval and Modern History", Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

08/2010 – 05/2016

Bachelor in History, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

08/2010 – 05/2016

Bachelor in Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

 Work Experience

Since 05/2019

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

07/2018 – 06/2019

Co-coordinator with the historian Renán Silva of the dossier "Write the time. Written culture and social time (XVI-XX centuries): the written supports of the representation of time ", for the journal Historia y Sociedad, Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

07/2018 – 12/2018

Researcher of the Collections of the Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia, with the project entitled "Temporary prints: study and dissemination of New Granada calendars (1777 - 1868)".

07/2017 – 12/2017

Research and curatorship on watch repairs between the 18th and 19th centuries, for the Museo del Oro - Banco de la República (Colombia)

01/2017 – 16/2017

Description and cataloging of archives of the Libros Raros y Manuscritos section of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango - Banco de la República, belonging to renowned Colombian historians and anthropologists.

07/2016 – 12/2016

Researcher of the Program of Promotion to the Investigation granted by the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia (ICANH), with the project titled "The strange men of seconds. The effect of fractions of seconds in the daily life of the enlightened of the Viceroyalty of New Granada ".

07/2015 – 12/2015

Practitioner-researcher at the Casa Museo Quinta de Bolívar y en el Museo de la Independencia (Bogotá, Colombia).

Project: "Clocks for the New World: History of Universal Time. From Lima to Greenwich (1583-1884)"

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

The objective of this project is to investigate the way in which clocks and calendars were introduced to the New World, and thereby analyze how quantitative, synthetic and universal time was constituted. For this we have limited our object of study in the former Spanish Empire, that is, the Crown and its peninsular and overseas kingdoms. From this general objective, four particular objectives emerge: A) Study the evolution of graphic representations of time; B) Analyze the role played by the offices of the Crown in the constitution of universal time; C) Observe the way in which universal time made possible the projections of the future, aspirations and anticipations; and D) Demonstrate the formation of a time on the imperial scale, synthetic and tending to universality that, contrary to what has been indicated by the historiography, was not a nineteenth-century and less Anglo-Saxon conquest that took shape in 1882 with the Greenwich Meridian, but a Spanish-American process that has its roots in 1582 with the Reformation of the calendar that a few months later, in 1583, was printed in the city of Lima.


Uribe, Ricardo (2017): Relox: un nuevo arte de hacer creer. Colección Casa Museo Quinta de Bolívar y Museo de la Independencia, Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes

Uribe, Ricardo (2016): Las dinámicas del tiempo: relojes, calendarios y actitudes en el virreinato de la Nueva Granada, La Medellín: Carreta Editores


Uribe, Ricardo (2017): "Reloj y hábito en la Nueva Granada: introducción, circulación y usos de un artefacto", in: N. González, R. Uribe and D. Bonnett (eds.): Comunicación, objetos y mercancías en el Nuevo Reino de Granada. Estudios de producción y circulación, Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes, pp. 59-106


Uribe, Ricardo (2018): "El oficio del relojero y el arte de la reparación en el mundo hispánico del siglo XVIII", in: Boletín Museo del Oro, 58, pp. 71-119

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