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The Instituto de Filología at the Universidad de Buenos Aires owed its creation in 1922 to an eminent intellectual, Ricardo Rojas, dean of the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras at the time, who expected that the development of the humanities would help to reinvigorate and nationalise a society considered too materialistic and without identity. The first directors of the Institute were part of Ramón Menéndez Pidal’s school in Madrid, who went to Buenos Aires to collaborate with the new institution, but with their own research interests and a political neo-colonialist agenda. The expected encounter between an Argentine nationalist institution and a group of well-trained philologists from another country was forceful and had a different outcome, giving birth to a centre of scientific excellence, but with different goals and tasks.

In: Philological Encounters