Irina Podgorny has been a research scholar at CONICET, Argentina, since 1995. She received her B.A. from Universidad Nacional de La Plata in the field of Anthropology and Archaeology, social hitory and the history of ideas, and her Ph.D. from Universidad de La Plata, also in the field of Anthropology, social history and the history of ideas. Podgorny specializes in the emergence of Palenque as an archaeological object and the trade of ruins and fossils. She was a Humbolt Foundation Fellow (2002-3), research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science (2009-10, and visiting professor at the University of Paris 7, EHESS (Paris) and Wofford College (USA). She was awarded the Bunge & Born junior Prize (2001), the Endangered Archives Program Grant (British Library, 2007, 2008), and a Fellowships at the International Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM) Weimar (2013-4). She is the author of El sendero del tiempo y de las causas accidentales – Los espacios de la Prehistoria en la Argentina, 1850-1910, published in 2009; Guido Bennati: Los viajes en Bolivia de la Comisión Médico Científico Quirúrgica italiana (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 2011), Charlatanes, Crónicas de remedios incurables (Eterna Cadencia, Buenos IAres, 2012), and is currently working on Dealers in old bones, to be published later 2014. With Margaret Lopes from Brazil she has co-authored El desierto en una vitrina. Museos e historia natural en la Argentina (Limusa, 2008). She is the director of the Collection “HIstory of Science” (Prohistoria, Argentina). She has published in many academic journals, such as Antiquity, British Journal for the History of Science, Osiris, Science in Context, Nuncius, Medicina nei secoli, Manguinhos, Trabajos de Prehistoria, Museum History Journal, etc.