PhD Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (2007)
María received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Colombian National University. She was Associate Professor at the Philosophy Department in the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, until December 2014, when she joined the Philosophy Department here at DePaul. She teaches and conducts research on Romanticism and German Idealism, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, and Contemporary Political Philosophy. Her more recent work has also moved into the areas of memory, trauma and representations of violence with a focus on Colombian and Latin-American contexts. She used to collaborate with the Historical Memory Center in Colombia in producing reports on paramilitary violence and creating and consolidating Regional Historical Memory Groups, and she has now moved this expertise to Chicago in working with police torture survivors in the South Side of the city in coordination with the Chicago Torture Justice Center and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials.
She is the author of books on silence and art in German Romanticism (2006), on Wassily Kandinsky (2007) and a monograph on Friedrich Schiller and the political sublime (La tragedia como conjuro: el problema de lo sublime en Friedrich Schiller; U. Nacional de Colombia, 2008). She has also edited and co-edited volumes and special issues on Hegel (2008), Schiller (2008) Paul Klee (2009), Aesthetics and Politics (2010 and 2011), Recognition Theories (2010), Contemporary Political Philosophy (2013), Law and Violence (2014) and Art and Memory in Colombia (2016). Her most recent edited volume, coedited with Jeffrey Powell, has just appeared with SUNY press: Aesthetic Reason and Imaginative Freedom: Friedrich Schiller and Philosophy. She has published in journals such as Angelaki, Derrida Today, Epoche, New Centennial Review, Philosophy Today and Research in Phenomenology on topics that include Hegel’s political philosophy, contemporary political debates on community, aesthetics, decolonial studies, and the relationship between art, memory and political violence.
She is currently working on a manuscript in English titled Grammars of Listening: Philosophical Approaches to Memory after Trauma, a monograph in Spanish on philosophical reflections on community in Hegel, Nancy, Esposito, Agamben and Derrida (Narrativas de la Comunidad: De Hegel a los pensadores impolíticos), a monograph in English on F. Schiller (Aesthetics as Critique), the transcripts in Spanish and English of a seminar held in 2013 with J.L. Nancy (The Unstoppable Murmur of Being-Together, co-authored with J.L. Nancy and co-edited with the Group on Law and Violence), and together with Isabel de Brigard, the translation into Spanish of John Sallis’s Force of Imagination. She is also preparing special issues on Philosophy in Colombia for Philosophical Readings (Vol. XI: 1, 2019), on Collective Temporalities for diacritics (Vol 45, spring 2019), and on Art as Resistance to Oblivion for Diálogo (Spring 2019).
Interview in Spanish with REC Latinomérica: Entre imaginación filosófica y memoria
Interview in English for her Wicklander Fellowship on her Liberatory Memory Work in Chicago
Acosta CV (October 2018)