María del Rosario Acosta López

Office: HMNSS 2401


María del Rosario Acosta López is Full Professor at the Department of Hispanic Studies in UC Riverside. She was until very recently Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, Chicago. Before that she was Associate Professor of Philosophy at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota. She obtained her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Colombian National University in 2007, and was a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at the Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, between 2013 and 2014.

She teaches and conducts research on Romanticism and German Idealism, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, Contemporary Political European Philosophy, and more recently, her work has also moved into the areas of Decolonial and Latin American studies, with emphasis on questions of memory and trauma in the Americas. She is the author of a book on silence and art in German Romanticism (2006) and a monograph on Friedrich Schiller and the political sublime (2008), and has edited and co-edited volumes and special issues on Hegel (2008), Schiller (2008 and 2018), Paul Klee (2009), Aesthetics and Politics (2010), Recognition Theories (2010), Contemporary Political Philosophy (2013), Law and Violence (2014), Art and Memory in Colombia (2016 and 2019), Collective Temporalities (2019), Philosophy in Colombia (forthcoming 2019) and Women Philosophers in Colombia (2019 forthcoming).

María conducts work on historical memory with survivors of police torture in Chicago and with survivors of political violence in Colombia. This work has informed her current book project, Grammars of Listening: Philosophical Approaches to Memory after Trauma. She is completing two forthcoming books, one in Spanish on community in Hegel, Nancy, Esposito and Agamben (Narrativas de la comunidad: de Hegel a los pensadores impolíticos), and one in English, The Unstoppable Murmur of Being-Together, co-authored with Jean-Luc Nancy and the Group on Law and Violence, and working on a long-term project on Friedrich Schiller titled Aesthetics as Critique.

Interview with REC Latinamerica on Prof. Acosta’s academic work in philosophy:

Interview with the Wicklander institute at DePaul University on Prof. Acosta’s work with . torture survivors in Chicago: