Margarita Márquez


Dr. Margarita Márquez, born in 1968, bachelor´s degree in Information Sciences and Ph. D. in History of the Mass Media in Madrid – Complutense University-; teaching and research at the universities of Complutense, TU Dresden and Georgetown University; Coordinator of the research unit “Nación y nacionalismo Español” at the Ortega y Gasset Institute; member of the Scientific Committee of the Universidad de los Mayores, Complutense  University; coordinator of the “Cátedra Ortega y Gasset de Periodismo” of the Information Sciences Faculty and Ortega y Gasset Foundation, deputy publisher of El Imparcial online newspaper.

Research focus: Nation and nationalism, Contemporary History, Spanish and Universal History of Mass Media, intellectual and political thinking


The roots of the feelings towards the Nation, the Motherland and the State of Puerto Rico viewed by intellectual thinking: Betances, Hostos and Gonzalo Marín (1848-1898).A vast bibliography exists regarding the origins of the feelings towards the Nation, the Motherland and the State in the final Spanish colonies in America.

These studies were mainly based on the beginning of these new realities on both islands from the Political, Strategic or Military viewpoints, paying lesser extent to the influence which intellectual thinking –the ones who led the colonial revolutionary movement- had to do with them.

The objective of this research is to look at the vision of these roots studying their traces in the three main figures of the boriquen independence movement intellectual thinking: the doctor Ramón Emeterio Betances, the philosopher Eugenio María Hostos and the poet Francisco Gonzalo Marin, intellectual activity which flew from the colonies to Madrid in round trip. This research will help to complete the up to date studies about Puerto Rican emancipation and to open new lines of research.


About atlanticempires

ATLANTIC EMPIRES (Æ) is the short name of a group of advanced research in Modern History hosted and financed by Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University (RCC). The complete name of the group is From Empire to Nation: The Making of Modern Nations in the Crisis of the Atlantic Empires (17th-20th Centuries), which constitutes also the field of its research. The group will be working at Real Colegio Complutense from July 1 thru August 31, 2010. Throughout this period, Æ will develop its research project and present its first findings and results in a set of seminars and panels, some of them with the contribution of other specialists and groups of research. Also, Æ will host three extraordinary conferences at RCC, given by Prof. J. Varela Ortega (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Fundación Ortega y Gasset, Madrid), Prof. David Armitage (Harvard University), and Prof. Stanley Payne (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Æ benefits from the financial support of Banco Santander. Æ is composed by eleven researchers: Juan Francisco Fuentes (director), Eva Botella (coordinator), Octavio Ruiz-Manjón, Josep Maria Fradera, Javier Fernández Sebastián, José Antonio Sánchez Román, María Antonia Fernández, Margarita Márquez, Antonio Terrasa, Florentino Rodao and Regina Martínez (grant holder and responsible of the blog).
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