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Externado Professor receives Honorable Mention at the National Science and Solidarity Awards

Daniel Gutiérrez Ardila, professor researcher at the Center for History Studies, was recognized for his book, “‘La Restauración en la Nueva Granada” (1815 – 1819).

With a solid use of sources from 14 historic archives and newspapers of the time, Daniel Gutiérrez Ardila, Professor-Researcher at the Externado de Colombia University, obtained an Honorable Mention at the 2017 National Science and Solidarity Awards, organized by the Alejandro Ángel Escobar Foundation.

In this work, the Professor proposed a new interpretation of the period 1816 to 1819, known as the “Reconquista” and named it “Restauración,” under the following considerations:

The term Reconquista was the result of patriotic propaganda slanting the historiographic view of the violent events causing the restoration of the monarchy. Also, that the restoration process would have started as soon New Granada felt the return of Fernando VII to the throne (not a year later with the arrival of Pablo Morillo in Santa Marta).  Also considered was that the role of revolutionaries and the important relationships between the Reconquista and the liberators were such, that it is possible to state that at this time there was a first and firm consolidation of the Republican system.

The Professor’s original work was developed from 2013 to 2016. The book was created during his postdoctoral tenure in France.

“The book is perfect for the country’s current situation, as the story of what happened during the revolution is very similar to what is happening with the peace process in Colombia,” stated the author.

Daniel Gutiérrez Ardila has a Masters and a Doctorate in History and, with the Externado support, has written three books, two of which pertain to the independence period.

“This recognition is a great personal satisfaction. It is also thanks to the University Publications Department and the Center for History Studies that support the collection of books on this subject, extremely important and informative for the Academia,” says Gutiérrez.

On this opportunity, 94 works in all areas of science, and 42 institutions on solidarity were presented. According to the Alejandro Ángel Escobar Foundation, the selected works make important contributions to the understanding of the researched issues and meet the quality and scientific rigor required by the Foundation.

For 62 years, the Alejandro Ángel Escobar Foundation has granted the National Science and Solidarity Awards. Since 1955 it has recognized 120 institutions working on behalf of the community, and 124 research works in all areas of science.

The Foundation’s resources come from its founder’s legacy; a portion of its income is allocated to capitalization, and a portion is reserved for the awards. The Alejandro Ángel Escobar Awards are considered one of the highest scientific awards in the country, not only for the high quality of those who have merited them but for the rigor of the jury. The Foundation recognizes the most outstanding works with a silver medal, a diploma, and cash.  Also, it awards Honorable Mentions in Science and Solidarity to deserving entities or individuals, as determined by the judges.