Summer School


Beyond Humboldt and Darwin: Decolonizing Natural History

Quito, June 3-12

Led by International Distinguished Professors Mark Thurner and Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

The 2022 edition of the CHIMBORAZO SUMMER SCHOOL offers advanced training for professionals, graduate students, postdocs, and junior scholars in Global and Connected History, with an emphasis on the natural history of the New World and in particular the Andes. Taking as its point of departure the intercultural formation of natural historical knowledge, the course will go beyond the canonical figures of European science, including Humboldt and Darwin, and the associated concepts of the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and Evolution, focusing instead on the production and circulation of objects of knowledge and ways of knowing of New World origin. The course includes field visits to historical and natural sites of great interest, including La Mitad del Mundo, the Chimborazo Volcano and, optionally, the Galapagos Islands.

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