Beatriz Véliz Argueta is a Guatemalan interdisciplinary scholar interested in urban and spatial history and the scientific discourses employed in spatially constituting the Central American isthmus in the nineteenth-century. Her work focuses on the construction of place (people and space) in cross-cultural encounters and combines cartography, history of science and art history in making visible the mapping of the Other. As a researcher of cross-cultural encounters, she is passionate about multi-archival and multi-linguistic projects that place Guatemalan history in the context of its interactions with the wider world.
Trained at Universidad del Valle (Guatemala), Jawaharlal Nehru (India), Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa) and Freiburg (Germany) universities, she completed her PhD at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (magna cum laude) in 2020. She was Research Fellow at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar (KSW), Postdoctoral Researcher at the Forschungskolleg Transkulturelle Studien / Sammlung Perthes, Erfurt University, and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn State University. As Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, she co-founded the international Urban Photography Summer School (iUPPS).
Her work has been supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Fundación Carolina, among others.
PhD, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
MA Global Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany), University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)