Jorge Ricardo Ponte, PhD. interweaves urbanism and the history of the Latin American city; urban sociology; and the restoration of architectural monuments.
* He is the author of The Fragility of Memory: Representations, Press and Power in a Latin American City during Modern Times; Mendoza 1885-1910, as well as such case studies of micro-history as El Carmen: A Hospital for Philanthropy and From the Indian Chiefs of Water to a Canalized City: Five Centuries of History of Water Canals and Windmills.
* At Celebrando V, Dr. Ponte will present “Mendoza’s acequias and the caciques of water.” The talk places a wide range of historical irrigation settlements in the context of water traditions throughout the Americas.
* Dr. Ponte’s research explores the historical processes of encounter and enculturation between aboriginal and imperial irrigation processes: the appropriation, rejection, breakdown, alterations, and adaptations of water systems as shapers of North American territories.
* Dr. Ponte received his graduate education in architecture at the University of Mendoza in Argentina and his Ph.D. at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris (EHESS). A 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently a full-time researcher at CONICET (National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina).