A busy week

The research group has been very busy during the last week. Apart from the interesting double seminar that took place between wednesday and thursday, there was a barbaque on monday evening at RCC’s garden, kindly organized by Elizabeth and Angel, coordinator and director of the Real Colegio Complutense.

Fradera, Rodao and Terrasa at wednesday session.

During the seminars there were interesting discussions about the researchers’ topics, that included public’s interventions. Antonio Terrasa exposed his investigations about the marriages between Spanish and Inca aristocracies and the concept of royal blood in the early modern America and Spain. Josep Maria Fradera, on the other hand, presented his project, about inequality inside the Atlantic empires, under the stimulating title of “Promises imposible to keep. A mandate of political equality and exceptionality among empires. c. 1780s-1830s”. Wednesday session ended up with Florentino Rodao’s exposition about Biopower and the end of the Spanish empire in Philipines.

Sánchez Román and Botella during their presentation on thursday.

On thursday, it was time for Eva Botella, coordinator of the group, who made a great presentation of her research about the disputes over Florida and Georgia between 1670s and 1780s. After her, José Antonio Sánchez Román made a really interesting account of his paper, focused on the sovereignty clashes over the Amazon Valley.

About atlanticempires

ATLANTIC EMPIRES (Æ) is the short name of a group of advanced research in Modern History hosted and financed by Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University (RCC). The complete name of the group is From Empire to Nation: The Making of Modern Nations in the Crisis of the Atlantic Empires (17th-20th Centuries), which constitutes also the field of its research. The group will be working at Real Colegio Complutense from July 1 thru August 31, 2010. Throughout this period, Æ will develop its research project and present its first findings and results in a set of seminars and panels, some of them with the contribution of other specialists and groups of research. Also, Æ will host three extraordinary conferences at RCC, given by Prof. J. Varela Ortega (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Fundación Ortega y Gasset, Madrid), Prof. David Armitage (Harvard University), and Prof. Stanley Payne (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Æ benefits from the financial support of Banco Santander. Æ is composed by eleven researchers: Juan Francisco Fuentes (director), Eva Botella (coordinator), Octavio Ruiz-Manjón, Josep Maria Fradera, Javier Fernández Sebastián, José Antonio Sánchez Román, María Antonia Fernández, Margarita Márquez, Antonio Terrasa, Florentino Rodao and Regina Martínez (grant holder and responsible of the blog).
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