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Below is an abbreviated version of my CV. It can also be downloaded as a PDF file, by clicking here.
N.B. For a complete CV and details of referees, please contact me.

This page was last updated on 10 September 2014.

Juan Fernando Cobo Betancourt

Peterhouse, Cambridge, CB2 1RD

www.juancobo.com

Education

2010-2014 — Ph.D., University of Cambridge

Thesis: The reception of Tridentine Catholicism in the New Kingdom of Granada, c. 1550-1650.
Supervised by Dr Gabriela Ramos.

A summary and further details can be found here.

2009-2010 — M.Phil. in Historical Studies, University of Cambridge

Awarded a Distinction (75, 77).

Dissertation: Race, conversion and colonialism: Archbishop Zapata de Cárdenas and the ordination of the first mestizo clerics of the New Kingdom of Granada, 1573-1590.
Supervised by Dr Gabriela Ramos.

2006-2009 — B.A., University of Cambridge (History)

Awarded First Class Honours.

Awards, Scholarships, and Appointments

2014

  • Visiting Lectureship (September-December 2014),
    Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Research grant awarded by the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia (Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History, ICANH) in its public competition, ‘Becas de investigación en historia colonial’, for a project entitled, La legislación eclesiástica de la arquidiócesis de Santafé en el periodo colonial, [The ecclesiastical legislation of the Archdiocese of Santafé in the colonial period], to conduct research in archives and libraries in Spain and Colombia (July-August 2014).

2012

  • M.Phil. dissertation selected for publication in the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History’s ‘Cuadernos Coloniales’ competition.

2011-2013

  • Awarded a full doctoral scholarship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

2010-2011

  • Awarded the Lightfoot Scholarship in Ecclesiastical History by the Faculty of History of the University of Cambridge.

Selected Publications

For information on forthcoming publications, contact me.

———. Mestizos Heraldos de Dios: la ordenación de sacerdotes descendientes de españoles e indígenas en el Nuevo Reino de Granada y la racialización de la diferencia, c. 1573-1590   [Mestizo Heralds of God: the ordination of priests descended from Spaniards and Indians and the racialisation of difference] (Bogotá: Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia, 2012).
For more information see this page.

———. ‘Colonialism in the periphery: Spanish linguistic policy in the New Kingdom of Granada, c. 1574-1625’, Colonial Latin American Review 23, no. 2 (11 June 2014), pp. 118-142.
For more information, and the article itself, see this page.

Recent Conference Papers and Presentations

———. ‘Indigenous confraternities in the New Kingdom of Granada’.
Presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Modena, 28 June 2014.

———. ‘Jesuit experiments in the New Kingdom of Granada: indigenous confraternities and evangelisation, 1600-1650.’
The Council of Trent: Reform and Controversy in Europe and Beyond (1545-1700), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 5 December 2013.

Teaching Experience

i. Lectures

2013-2014  — University of Cambridge, Faculty of History

  • Empires and World History from the Fifteenth Century to the First World War (Part I Paper 21).
    A course of four lectures for first and second-year undergraduates entitled, ‘Latin America in World History, 1492-1914’, 14 October – 4 November 2013.

2013 — Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá,

  • Cátedra del Pensamiento Colombiano – Lengua y cultura muysca
    [Chair of Colombian Thought (Lecture series) — Muisca language and culture]
    One lecture, ‘La Lengua General del Nuevo Reino de Granada’
    [‘The general language of the New Kingdom of Granada’]
    14 September 2013.

ii. Seminars and small group teaching

2013-2014 — University of Cambridge, Faculty of History,

  • Themes and Sources: Migrants: emigration and immigration, c. 1000-c. 2000
    (one class for a group of 10-20 first- and second-year undergraduates, on Spanish immigration to Latin America in the 16th and 17th centuries).

2012-2013 — University of Cambridge, Faculty of History

  • Themes and Sources: Religious Conversion and Colonialism
    (one class for a group of 10-20 first- and second-year undergraduates, on questions of race in religious conversion in colonial contexts, for which I prepared and translated primary source material).
  • Historical Argument and Practice
    (three classes for groups of 10-20 third-year undergraduates on the history and historiography of race and racism).

2010-2011 — University of Cambridge, Faculty of History

  • Themes and Sources: Religious Conversion and Colonialism
    (two classes for a group of 10-20 first- and second-year undergraduates, on concepts of religious conversion, and on the evangelisation of the indigenous population of the Andes).

iii. One-to-one teaching (‘supervisions’)

2012-2014 — University of Cambridge, Faculty of History

  • The History of Latin America in the Colonial Period (Part II, Paper 28)
    (supervisions for third-year undergraduates in the Faculty of History and the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages).
  • Historical Argument and Practice
    (supervisions on ideas of religion and race).

Professional Service

2014

Membership of Professional Organisations

I am a member of the American Historical Association, the Latin American Studies Association, the Conference of Latin American History, the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, the Association for Computers and the Humanities, and the Society of Colombianists, and a corresponding member of the Academy of Ecclesiastical History of Bogotá.

Other projects

Please see this page.

References

Available on request.

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