In Search of El Dorado: Liborio Zerda and Colombia's Pre-Hispanic Past

Project: Research Project

Project Details


This project is about the Colombian doctor and scientist Liborio Zerda (1830-1919) and his contributions to the study of the pre-Hypanic cultures of Colombia. We will show how, in what context and within what networks Zerda managed to generate knowledge in the fields of archaeology, anthropology and ethnography. We understand that there were multiple intellectual influences, both national and global, that made possible the elaboration of her work (especially El Dorado), but we would also like to show the place of knowledge, the possible asymmetries in the process of its circulation, as well as its creative appropriation between the local and global spheres. In this sense, the project will not only shed new light on one of the most emblematic academic works of the Colombian 19th century, but will also contribute to the current debate on the contributions of "peripheral sciences", their circulation and appropriation.


Liborio Zerda, Colombia, 19th century, pre-Columbian cultures, intellectual networks, global history

Commitments / Obligations

1. An article published in an indexed journal co-authored with the young researcher.
Effective start/end date2/1/217/15/21

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Main Funding Source

  • Competitive Funds
  • Historical Capital


  • Bogotá D.C.


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