Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

November 19th - 24th, 2018

The Conference will be attended by the following keynote speakers:


Dra. Ligia Pérez Cruz

Institute of Geophysics – UNAM, Mexico.

She holds a PhD in Geological Oceanography from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research focuses on the subjects of Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, as well as the study of Craters of Impact, Micropaleontology and Geochemistry.

From 2012 she is head of the Department of Geomagnetism and Exploration of the Institute of Geophysics at UNAM and Vice-president of the Mexican Geophysical Union (2016-2017). She has received the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (2015) Award from UNAM. Since 2008 she has been a member of the Organization for Women in Science for Developing World, the Cowen Award Committee (2008-2010, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014) and the American Geophysical Union. She is a member of the scientific group of the Expedition 364 Chicxulub K-Pg Impact Crater of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) that during 2016 carried out the first offshore drilling work.


Dr. Mario Humberto Ruz Sosa

Philological Research Institute – UNAM, Mexico.

Mexican, surgeon (UNAM, 1977), Master in Social Anthropology (UIA, 1981) and PhD in Ethnology (EHESS, Paris 1985). He is a senior researcher at the Center for Mayan Studies at the Philological Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Author of several books and a hundred articles in his areas of specialization (history of the colonial Mayan people and ethnology of the current ones), he has been professor in the universities of Paris X and Paris VIII, National University of San Carlos, Guatemala, Complutense of Madrid, State of New York, INALCO (Paris), FLACSO Ecuador and several national institutions, plus UNAM itself.

Member of the National System of Researchers (Level III) and of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, in 1989 he obtained the Francisco J. Clavijero Award (Best Research in History, INAH), in 1992 the Prize in Social Sciences Research (AIC), in 1999 the Chiapas Prize in Sciences and in 2002 the Prize of the National University in Humanities Research. In November of 2015 was chosen as a member of the Mexican Academy of History.


Dr. Ottmar Ette

University of Postdam, Germany.

Having studied in Freiburg (Germany) and Madrid (Spain), Ottmar Ette has been Chair of Romance Literature at the University of Potsdam, Brandenburg since 1995. In 2014, Ette was elected Honorary member of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA). Since 2013, he has been a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and member of the "Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin". He also has been a regular member of the European Academy since 2010. In the same year, he became Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research at University of London School of Advances Studies.

Ottmar Ette directs the Research Project on "Alexander von Humboldt's American Travel Diaries: Genealogy, Chronology, and Epistemology" (2014-2017) and, since 2015, an eighteen-year project on "Travelling Humboldt - Science on the Move" of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In 2014, Ottmar Ette received the Mexican Research Award "Escuela Nacional de Altos Estudios" from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 2012, he was inducted into the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France) as Chevalier.


Dr. Vicente Quirarte

Bibliographic Research Institute – UNAM, Mexico.

He holds a PhD in Mexican Literature from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in which he is a professor, as well as a researcher at the Bibliographic Research Institute of the same institution. He is member of the Mexican Academy of Language and member of the National College.
His work includes books of poetry, narrative, theater, literary criticism and historical essay. He has received the "Xavier Villaurrutia" Prize and the National University Award. His most recent book is the historical novel "La isla tiene forma de ballena."


Dr. William O’ Reilly

Philological Research Institute, UK.

William O'Reilly has worked on a range of topics in early modern European and Atlantic history, and is particularly interested in the history of European migration, colonialism and imperialism. His current research project, with the working title Surviving empire. The translation of imperial context in a globalizing world, 1550-1800, explores the inter-relationship of European imperialisms from the later sixteenth century to the French revolution.

Since taking his DPhil at Oxford in 2003, William O'Reilly has taught early modern History at the University of Cambridge. He was previously Lecturer in History at the National University of Ireland, Galway and has also been a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Budapest, Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Visiting Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, and at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna; a DAAD Fellow at the University of Hamburg and Erasmus lecturer at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria and the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. In 2003-4 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge, before becoming a Research Fellow of the Centre for History and Economics in 2004, working on the Centre's project on 'Exchanges of Ideas'. He has served as editor of the Historical Journal (Cambridge University Press) (2006-9) and of Atlantic Studies (Routledge) (2004-9). He serves on the International Advisory Boards of the Historical Journal and Themes in Migrations.