Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize 2023 Laudatio

The Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize Ceremony will be held via ZOOM on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 7 PM (UTC+2/ German Time), which is 11 AM (UTC-6/Mexican Time). The Ceremony can be viewed via the following link:


Meeting-ID: 927 2555 7688
Kenncode: 035156

The winner, Laura Aurora Benítez Grobet, will be honoured and festively introduced by three laudatory speeches. The speakers are Alejandra Velázquez, Teresa Rodríguez and Aurelia Valero Pie.

Alejandra Velázquez has a Graduate, Master and PHD in philosophy from the National University of Mexico (UNAM). She is a career professor at the National Preparatory School (National University of Mexico-UNAM) since 1988 and postgraduate teacher at the Faculties of Philosophy and Letters (FFyL). Her lines of research are the teaching of philosophy and the history of modern philosophy, topics on

which she has published numerous articles in national and foreign publications. She has a recently published book: La teoría espacial de Descartes: método y geometría de coordenadas (Faculty of Philosophy, UNAM). She has coordinated the edition of more than 10 collective books in which she has participated as co-author. She has taken part in several research projects, in one of them as sole responsible. She has been co-responsible for  the research project in which national and foreign academics participated: “The role of the Hypothesis in knowledge and in natural philosophy, ss. XVII and XVIII” (2020-2022) She was treasurer of the Philosophical Association of Mexico A.C. from 2002 to 2006. She received, among other distinctions, the award for the best doctoral thesis (2003, FFyL-UNAM), the National University Distinction for Young people in the year 1997 in teaching level Higher Secondary Education and the National University Award 2016 in the same area. She is a researcher, member of the National Council of Humanities, Science and Technology (Conahcyt) National System of Researchers (SNII).

She has participated in numerous research projects on topics about moral philosophy and natural philosophy and philosophical modernity, directed by Dr. Laura Benítez, some of them, Dr Alejandra Velazquez, has been co-responsible for. Likewise, Dr. Benítez has directed the master’s and doctoral theses with Dr. Velazquez as cotutor. For a long and fruitful period, Dr. Laura Benitez has acted as a mentor in the academic development of Dr. Alejandra Velazquez, a relationship that has transcended into the training of numerous national and foreign researchers in the study of Philosophy of  Modernity topics, especially, of Cartesian thought.

Aurelia Valero Pie is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for Philosophical Research of UNAM in Mexico. She earned a PhD in History at El Colegio de México, a MA in Contemporary Philosophy at Paris IV Sorbonne, and a BA in History of Philosophy at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her main areas of specialization are Mexican philosophy, Mexican intellectual history in the 20th Century, and philosophy of history, with an emphasis on temporal experience and the politics of time. Her main work is an intellectual biography of the Spanish philosopher exiled in Mexico, José Gaos. She is currently the Head of Academic Affairs at the Institute for Philosophical Research.


Teresa Rodríguez  is a researcher at the Institute for Philosophical Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She received her Ph.D. from UNAM in 2012 and her dissertation was co-supervised by Laura Benítez-Grobet. The central theme of her research is the relationship of philosophy with its history. Based on this general framework, her lines of research focus on the Renaissance period, the history of Platonism and women philosophers of the past, and on the methodology of the history of philosophy. She has been responsible for two collective research projects and is currently directing the project “Women Philosophers in the General Histories of Philosophy”. She has actively participated in the Society for Women in Philosophy SWIP-Analytic Mexico and is co-founder of the Latin American Network for the Study of Women Philosophers in History (ReLaFHi). She was a member of the editorial board of Diánoia. Revista de Filosofía and its editor from September 2017 to May 2020. 


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