Markéta Křížová (1974) is Associate Professor at the Centre for Ibero-American Studies at the Charles University in Prague. She received her MA in History and Anthropology, PhD in Ibero-American studies at the same university. Her research focuses on Early Modern intellectual history, colonial history of America and cultural encounters. She explored the problem of American missions (La ciudad ideal en el desierto, Prague 2004) or the notion of slavery in European intellectual discourse (The strength and sinews of this western world…, Prague 2008). She is member of the steering committee of ENIUGH (European Network in Universal and Global History); is lecturing in international programs Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus TEMA, or summer school of the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) on Central European history.