Claudio Canaparo

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Claudio Canaparo
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Born (1962-10-07)7 October 1962
Era 21st-century philosophy
Region Contemporary philosophy
School Latin American thinking Continental philosophy
Main interests
Radical constructivism · Piaget’s theories · Humberto Maturana’s works · History of Concepts · Sociology of Culture

Claudio Canaparo is a Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies at Birkbeck College in London. He has written as a literary critic, epistemologist, sociology of culture analyst and philosopher.

Education and Career[edit]

Canaparo was born in the city port of Campana, Argentina, to a mother of Hebrew origins and an Italian rooted father; he was a traveller, manual worker and scientific researcher before entering academia. He studied at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Rosario, at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, at the DAMS delle arti, della musica e dello spettacolo) at the Università degli Studi di Bologna, and received his Ph.D. under the supervision of William Rowe at King's College London in 2000.

Prevented from working in Europe as a philosopher or social scientist, he developed most of his projects in academia as a “Latin American specialist”. He joined the Faculty of Arts at Exeter University in 1995 where in 2004 he created the Centre for Latin American Studies. In 2009 he was appointed Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College. He is also Associated Researcher at the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.

In 2012 he started to supervise and teach within the postgraduate program from the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and from Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, both in Argentina. In the same year he developed a project of teaching basic philosophy to 8–10 years old children from ‘Arc-en-Ciel’ public school of Feugarolles in France. In 2014 he started to work within a multinational team of researchers and ONGs in a multidisciplinary project about climate change in relation with colonialism and geo-epistemology. In 2015 he started also to teach philosophy at the Lycée Stendhal (Aiguillon) and at the Lycée George Sand (Nérac), both in France.

Themes and related subjects[edit]

The principal effort of his work goes to establish the relation between knowledge and conceptual evolution, mainly focused on theories and related concepts about space with peripheral areas of the planet or, more precisely, has having the peripheral spaces of the planet as main intellectual frame. Themes of his works include also sociology of knowledge (‘Muerte y transfiguración de la cultura rioplatense’), epistemology and colonialism (‘Geo-Epistemology’, ‘El imaginario patagonia’), authorship theory (‘The Manufacture of an Author’, ‘El mundo Ingaramo’), and science and writing (‘Ciencia y escritura’).

2000s-2005s work

Canaparo's work in geo-epistemology focuses on the development of a perspective named ‘reversal thinking’ which tries to analyze the evolution of ideas and concepts in relation with an alternative notion of space considered as the main speculative stand point. As part of this general approach Canaparo developed a number of aspects such as [1] the relation between science and writing, [2] the construction of the concept of authorship, [3] and the re-configuration of some concepts of the history of European philosophy. [4] But the major work in this context is constituted by an analysis of a leading case of the cultural and conceptual evolution of space, in which space is considered as the most accurate speculative approach to the situation and development of knowledge in peripheral areas [5].

2006s-2010s work

His work has evolved towards an analysis of the relationship between epistemology and colonialism from the conceptual and technical point of view. Under this context he developed a tetralogy about Latin America, which concentrates in the conceptual consequences of language, knowledge, colonialism and what he calls post-territoriality. Also this work develops the idea of a second degree of colonialism, which refers to a number of objects, domains and concepts -highly productive in terms of knowledge and understanding- where colonialism is not usually analysed. The first volume of these analyses on contemporary colonialism within peripheral places, from the point of view of knowledge and diaspora, is entitled ‘Viaje en Egipto. La formulación espacial del colonialismo y sus consecuencias’ [Travel within Egypt. The spatial formulation of colonialism and its consequences]. The second volume, entitled ‘El pensamiento del ojo en las colonias. La formulación espacial del colonialismo y sus visiones’ [The eye’s thought. The spatial formulation of colonialism and its visions], focus on visual perception and visual developments as a way of dominant cogito in peripheral areas. The third volume, entitled ‘El autor periférico. La formulación espacial del colonialismo y sus identidades’ [The peripheral author. The spatial formulation of colonialism and its identities], focus on the constitution of a parallel phenomenon: the constitution of the notion of self and the constitution of a narrative entity usually called authorship. Finally, the fourth volume, entitled ‘La negociación del espacio y los sentimientos bajo el colonialism’ [The negotiation of space and feelings under the colonialism], focus on the way the constitution of a sentimental life within individuals in peripheral areas of the planet is dominated by technological set-ups referred to number a activities, from writing to learning, and from eating to building houses.

2011-2015 work

As a natural consequence of these previous works, in 2011, started a project aimed to explore the relation between climate change and colonialism. And as result of this experience wrote a book entitled ‘El pensamiento basura’ (The rubbish thinking), to be published soon. In 2014, after several years of attempts, started another project, which explore the relation between war and epistemology, in particular related to the Argentinian civil war at the end of the Twentieth Century and mainly focused in theoretical and conceptual evolution.

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, after been successively leaving in Rimini, Bologna, London, Exeter and Brussels, he moved to the countryside in South of France, where started to rebuild a XII Century property together with his partner and their three daughters. In March 2013 at the local French pool he postulated as candidate to the commune’s Council of the nearest village of Feugarolles, where was elected.

Select Bibliography[edit]

(i) Books

(ii) Articles/ Chapters in books

  • ‘La especulación cartográfica’, in Sergio Pedernera, ed., Ars Cartographica. Cartografía histórica de Buenos Aires 1830-1889, Buenos Aires: Dirección General Patrimonio e Instituto Histórico, 2015, pp. 17–20.
  • ‘Was ist Aufklärung? o la teoría del iLuminismo’ in Pensamiento de los Confines, University of Buenos Aires, número 29, mayo 2013, pp. 171–176 (28.8 cm x 15.0 cm)
  • ‘Film and Migration in Latin America’, in Immanuel Ness, ed. Encyclopaedia of Global Human Migration, London: Wiley Blackwell, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4443-3489-0
  • ‘El pensamiento del ojo’, in Israel Sanmartín Barros/Patricia Calvo González/Eduardo Rey Tristán, eds., Historia(s), imagen(es) y lenguaje(s) en América Latina y Europa, Santiago: Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, 2012, pp. 125–141. (ISBN 978-84-9887-870-7)
  • (with André-Jean Arnaud, Érika Patino Cardoso, Marco Aurélio Serau Junior, Ricardo Rollo Duarte) ‘Frontières’, in André-Jean Arnaud (ed.), Dictionnaire de la globalisation, Paris: L. G. D. J., 2010, pp. 226–228. (25 cm x 17 cm, ISBN 978-2-275-033631)
  • (with Guilherme Figueiredo Leite Gonçalves, Márcio Alves Fonseca) ‘Gouvernabilité’, in André-Jean Arnaud (ed.), Dictionnaire de la globalisation, Paris: L. G. D. J., 2010, pp. 263–265. (25 cm x 17 cm, ISBN 978-2-275-033631)
  • (with Guilherme Figueiredo Leite Gonçalves, Márcio Alves Fonseca, Orlando Villas Bôas Filho) ‘Pouvoir’, in André-Jean Arnaud (ed.), Dictionnaire de la globalisation, Paris: L. G. D. J., 2010, pp. 415–419. (25 cm x 17 cm, ISBN 978-2-275-033631)
  • ‘Geo-Epistemología’ in Hugo E. Biagini/Arturo Roig (dirs.), Diccionario de pensamiento alternativo II, available at Project of ‘Pensamiento Latinoamericano Alternativo’, based at the University of Lanús, Argentina.
  • ‘Science and Empire. The Geo-epistemic Location of Knowledge’ in P. Lorenzano, H-J Rheinberger, E. Ortiz and C. Galles, eds., History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Oxford: UNESCO/EOLSS Publishers, 2008. Available at
  • ‘La consumación del realismo’ in G. Fabry/C. Canaparo (eds.), El enigma de lo real, Bern: Peter Lang, 2007 pp. 199–275. (22.4 cm x 14.8 cm, ISBN 978-3-03910-893-0).
  • ‘The <Nature effect> in Latin American Science Publications’ in E. Ortiz/E. Fishburn (eds.): Science and the Creative Imagination in Latin America, London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2005, pp. 97–118. (23.0 cm x 15.3 cm, ISBN 1-900039-61-3).
  • ‘Marconi and other Artifices: Long-range Technology and the Conquest of the Desert’ in J. Andermann/W. Rowe (eds.), Images of Power. Iconography Culture and the State in Latin America, Toronto: Books, 2005, pp. 241–254. (23.5 cm x 15.7 cm, ISBN 1-57181-533-3).
  • ‘Medir, trazar, ver. Arte cartográfico y pensamiento en Jorge Eduardo Eielson’ in José Ignacio Padilla (ed.), Nu/do. Homenaje a J. E. Eielson, Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2002, pp. 289–314. (24.0 cm x 24.0 cm, ISBN 9972-42-509-6).
  • ‘De bibliographica ratio’ in W. Rowe et al. (editors): Jorge Luis Borges. Intervenciones sobre pensamiento y literatura, Barcelona/Buenos Aires: Paidós, 2000, pp. 199–247. (23.9 cm x 15.5 cm, ISBN 950-12-6515-3).
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature, London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997, 926 pp. (28.6 cm x 21.8 cm, ISBN I-884964-18-4). Articles on: (1)‘GELMAN, Juan (1930- ) ’; (2)‘Juan Gelman: el juego en que andamos’; (3)‘CAMBACERES, Eugenio (1843-1888)’; (4)‘ORTIZ, Juan Laurentino (1896-1978)’; (5)‘SORIANO, Osvaldo (1943- ) ’; (6)‘El juguete rabioso en las Aguafuertes porteñas’; (7)‘El astillero’; (8)‘IBARGUENGOITIA, Jorge (1928-1983)’; (9)‘YAÑEZ, Agustín (1904-1980)’.

(iii) Articles in journals

  • ‘Migration and radical constructivist epistemology’, in Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, volume 3, number 2, pp. 181–200, 2012.
  • ‘Para una fisiología de las condiciones del especular. Posthumanismo, pensamiento e historiografía europea en la periferia’, in Pensamiento de los Confines, University of Buenos Aires, número 27, marzo 2011, pp. 136–156 (28.8 cm x 15.0 cm).
  • (Co-authored with Luis Rebaza-Soraluz and William Rowe) ‘Introduccción’, in Latin American Studies in the UK, Bulletin of Spanish Studies (Glasgow), volume LXXXIV, Numbers 4-5, pp. 441–445 (17.4 cm x 24.8 cm, ISSN 1475-3820).
  • ‘Ciencia y tecnología en El Eternauta’ in Revista Iberoamericana, University of Pittsburgh, volumen 73, number 221, Oct-Dec 2007, 871-886 (15.2 cm x 23.0 cm, ISSN 0034-9631).
  • ‘Arte y desencanto en Elias Ingaramo’ in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Liverpool, volume 84, number 3, pp. 335–346, 2007 (17.4 cm x 24.8 cm, ISSN 1475-3820).
  • ‘La finalidad literaria’ in Pensamiento de los Confines, University of Buenos Aires/Fondo de Cultura Económica, número 19, diciembre 2006, pp. 112–118 (28.8 cm x 15.0 cm).
  • ‘De poiesis sive poetica. Notas para una fisiología del lenguaje’ in Aleph. Revista de literatura hispanoamericana, Université de Liège/Catholique de Louvain, número 20, enero de 2006, pp. 81–104 (20.5 cm x 14.3 cm).
  • ‘Un mundo modernista para la cultura rioplatense’ in Bulletin of Spanish Studies (Glasgow), volume LXXIX, numbers 2-3, March–May 2002, pp. 193–209 (17.4 cm x 24.8 cm, ISSN 1475-3820).
  • ‘El mapa borgeano y sus alrededores’ in INTI. Revista Literaria Hispánica, Providence, Brown University, number 48, 1998, pp. 3–18 (22.8 cm x 15.1 cm, ISSN 0732-6750).
  • ‘Juan José Saer interviewed’ in Travesia. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, [London], volume 4, number 1, June 1995 (24.9 cm x 17.6 cm, ISSN 0965-8343).


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