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Manuel López Forjas

Manuel López Forjas holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he has been a postdoctoral researcher (2020-2022). His research focuses on Spanish and Latin American philosophical and cultural thought, literature, and history. He has been recognized as a member of the National Research System (SNI), Level I, of the Mexican Government for the period 2023-2027.

Host University: Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
Host research group or department: Studi europei, americani e inter-culturali - SEAI
Co-host University: University of Glasgow, UK
Secondment institution: Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades Alfonso Vélez Pliego, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP)
Advisor: Professor Stefano Tedeschi
Co-advisor: Dr. Nathanial Gardner
Secondment mentor: Prof. Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller

Manuel López Forjas
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My research

Cultural commitment and knowledge-for-living in Andrés Iduarte’s literature: a study from the life sciences

The literary categories of the life sciences as a theoretical framework are a very useful and novel field of interpretation for studying Hispanic American culture. Studying the work of the Mexican writer Andrés Iduarte and his Hispano-Americanism from this perspective is a pending task, but it is very necessary nowadays, not only academic but also sociocultural. Hispano-Americanism promotes a necessary dialogue that until today is broken at the intercultural level, between Spain, Mexico and Latin America. The work of Iduarte, as a Mexican author who studied in Spain and was a professor at the prestigious Columbia University, after acquainting himself with several Latin American authors, is central to changing closed perspectives on literature and its vitality. Otmar Ette's categories on the li fe sciences, applied to literature, allow a powerful and disruptive approach that is the perfect fit for studying Iduarte's work. This project has a transatlantic and transnational perspective, which ambitiously seeks to break the molds that separate these societies through a cultural revision. A complete and round study of the work of Andrés Iduarte from the life sciences will seek to break down the ideological barriers that prevent dialogue between Spain and the Latin American nations. Respect for the dignity of each people, including the Spanish, will be shown in a global context. To carry out this objective, it is necessary to study Iduarte from the academic visions offered by the partner universities of this program. This adds to my nationality, which is Mexican, as an intercultural and academic manager that allows us to broaden Mexican literature in a European context and give it its own Spanish-American dimension.

Date started – Date End

01.11.2022 - 31.10.2024