Social sciences here and now: meanings and perspectives of the research profession

In the framework of the conference Social Sciences Here and Now. Senses and Perspectives of the Research Profession, developed at Ciesas Occidente on November 6 and 7, 2014, we had the opportunity to interview the English historian Alan Knight, from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Oxford. The meeting not only served as a platform for debate and communication between the exhibitors and attendees, but also to dialogue on a more personal level with researchers about the themes and central axes on which it was discussed in the work meetings.

Professor Knight is a renowned Latin American historian, who has specialized in the history of the Mexican Revolution, coming to be considered a fundamental author in this field of knowledge about the Mexican past. In addition, Dr. Knight has investigated other issues in the history of America - such as populism or economic crises - and has also reflected on Latin American and Mexican historiography, thanks to an overall and interdisciplinary vision of academic production and his vast experience in the knowledge of the issues, problems and sources that bring us closer to the past.

Among his works stands out Mexican Revolution, originally published in English by Cambridge in two volumes (1986), published in Spanish by the Fondo de Cultura Económica (1996). In recent years, Knight has written three volumes of a general history of Mexico, from pre-Hispanic times to the present day, but without leaving aside the problems that focus on social history, long-range reflections and, above all, interest in Mexican and Latin American history outside the continent.

In this interview, we discuss research and the importance of social sciences in the development of knowledge today, both central points of the debate "here and now" that took place in the meeting held in Ciesas Occidente.

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