Georges Lomné is Associate Professor in Contemporary History at the University Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallée and member of the research team Comparative Analysis of Powers (Analyse comparée des Pouvoirs, ACP – EA 3350) since 2004. He directed the Master’s degree in Political Science (Hannah Arendt’s Institute) of the University of Marne-la-Vallée (2006-2007) and the French Institute of Andean Studies in Lima, Peru, IFEA – Umifre 17, MAEDI/CNRS, USR 3337-Amérique latine (2007-2012). After a PhD about the study of the political use of images during the process of independence in Ecuador and Colombia (Le Lis et la grenade. Mise en scène et mutation imaginaire de la souveraineté à Quito et Santafé de Bogotá, 1789-1830, 2003), his research focused on the significance of the Roman example in early Spanish-American republicanism and on the circulation of aesthetical and political concepts between Europe and South America since the XVIII century. As part of the Archival City project, he is currently pondering the extraordinary resilience of Quito. How could such a vulnerable city have preserved such a rich monumental and archival heritage? Thinking about a possible Quito’s « past future » would allow planners to avoid many of the mistakes made in Mexico City, Lima or Bogotá.