We have had the good fortune to work with different people who have contributed their time, effort, and knowledge to develop our projects and achieve our objectives as members of the foundation, employees, student interns, or affiliated researchers. Even though they no longer work with us, we are grateful to all of them and have kept their profiles below:
Alejandra was an intern with Neogranadina during the second semester of 2016, her final semester as a history student in the University of los Andes. She is interested in museology and heritage conservation and considers digitization to be a very important means for preserving and disseminating archives and documents. She also thinks that the digital humanities are a tool that enable a great variety of possibilities for the themes and objects of study, the better organization and maintenance of archives, and for making them available to a broader public.
Andrés was an intern with Neogranadina throughout the second semester of 2017, when he was a student in the final year of his Bachelor’s degree in History at the University of Los Andes, and he was later a junior researcher from January to June 2018. Among other things, he is interested in Atlantic history and the history of Spanish colonialism. He believes that teaching and disseminating history has the power to create the tools of criticism and self-knowledge within a society. He understands that it is currently necessary to make use of new tools and methods to engage the public and that the digital humanities are one way of achieving this objective.
Jairo was part of our technical team, helping us to develop our database and digital archive. He is an historian and holds a masters in history from the Industrial University of Santander (Bucaramanga) and is currently a doctoral student in the Centre of Historical Studies in the Colegio de Michoacán (Mexico), where he researches the processes of pardoning sentences during the period starting with the second creation of the viceroyalty of the New Kingdom of Granada until the beginning of the so-called War of the Supremes in the Republic of New Granada. For some years he has explored the theory and practice of digital history, digital humanities, and recently public history, especially themes relating to hermeneutics, semantic macroanalysis, digital archives, and crowdsourcing.
Jorge was an intern with the foundation during the first semester of 2016, when he was a history student in his penultimate semester at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá. His areas of interest include themes relating to the colonial period, particularly ecclesiastical history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the history of Boyacá, as well as the problems of teaching history in schools and universities, and therefore he finds digitization to be an effective means of dissemination to encourage the creation of knowledge that is useful for societies.
María Alejandra was the administrative director of the foundation between April 2016 and September 2017. She is a graduate in history from the Univerisdad Autónoma de Colombia with an emphasis on cultural patrimony and museology. Her work has focused on the management and dissemination of cultural patrimony at the regional and national level. She currently directs projects of conservation and publicity for the document and bibliographic collections of the Centro de Estudios Históricos “José María Arboleda Llorente” (Popayán), where for a time she worked cataloging and describing pre-nineteenth century historical documents.
Maria José was part of the board of directors of Neogranadina between September 2015 and March 2019. In this time she led the first phase of Neogranadina’s collaborative cataloging project until March 2018, as well as the project that we undertook with the National Centre of Historical Memory (September 2017-June 2018). She is an historian and political scientist of the University of los Andes (Bogotá) and has a masters and doctorate in history from the University of Texas in Austin. Her research focuses on the intersections between political economy, land, and knowledge in the eighteenth century and the collapse of the Spanish monarchy, and the beginning of the Republican period. She is interested in experimenting with digital tools in research projects, cultural patrimony, and public history. She seeks to promote the creation of collaborative communities of digital humanities in the hispanophone world.
Mayumi was an intern with the foundation during the first semester of 2016. At that time she was in her sixth semester of history at the University of Los Andes. She is interested in digital humanities because she believes that it is a good way of making history more popular and because it facilitates the flow of information for research.
Rafael was a junior researcher in the foundation between July and December 2017. He is an historian and political scientist of the University of los Andes, with options in philosophy and German. His research focuses on the relationship between knowledge practices and the exercise of government in the New Kingdom of Granada in the sixteenth century based on the document corpus of the Relaciones Geográficas de Indias. His interests are in understanding the relationship between medieval Christian, Spanish Arab, and Amerindian cultures in the formation of the modern world. He understands that history has the potential to raise awareness amid the diversity of opinions and ways of living, which is why he is so enthusiastic about working to publicize historical documents alongside his academic research, which, when both rigorously and accessibly carried out, can be shared with a broader public.
Raúl was in charge of Neogranadina’s projects to digitize historical materials at the Centro de Estudios Históricos “José María Arboleda Llorente” in Popayán: the Archivo Central del Cauca and the Biblioteca del Colegio de Misiones. Raúl trained as a business administrator and has over 10 years’ experience in the management and conservation of the historical documentation held in the Centro’s collections. Before working on digitization, Raúl was in charge of the project to microfilm the archive’s holdings as part of a partnership with the Colombian National Archives.
Samir was part of our collaborative cataloging team, helping us create paleographic resources and supporting the work of our volunteers as the coordinator of paleography. At that time he was working on his undergraduate thesis in History at the Universidad Autónoma de Colombia, and transcribing sixteenth century documents in the Archivo General de la Nación for the then-director Armando Martínez Garnica. He was a student of Professor María Mercedes Ladrón de Guevara, an historian and expert in paleography, who developed his interest and skill in the said disipline. Samir is interested in colonial history, and believes that the digital humanities are essential for the democratization of knowledge so that all members of the public can access different types of materials.