Seminar II: The birth of a notion

Prof. Varela, president of Ortega-Marañón Foundation, Prof. Fuentes, director of AE, and Carlos Robles, Spanish consul in Boston.

The second seminar of the project Atlantic Empires took place last tuesday at Real Colegio Complutense with the presence, among the audience, of the current Spanish consul in Boston, Carlos Robles. The seminar was moderated by Professor Octavio Ruiz-Manjón. Professor Antonio Morales and Professor Mariano Esteban de Vega, from Fundación Ortega-Marañón’s reseach group, “Nación y nacionalismo español”, opened the session with an interesting -and even polemic- presentation of their paper, about the Spanish nation. The discussion over the paper took a lot of time and showed the high academic level of the professors and researchers who attended the seminar.

After almost two hours of presentation and subsequent discussion, it was time for Andrés de Blas, also from the Fundación Ortega-Marañon group, who exposed his researchs about the current autonomical Spanish State. The paper was also followed by a intense discussion.

Professor Maria Antonia Fernández, from Atlantic Empires group, ended up the seminar with a presentation of her researchs about the role of women in the conformation of the Spanish patriotic imaginary. She talked about the interesting cases of Mariana Pineda and Manuela Malasaña, among many others, and showed up the curious coincidences between these two Spanish heroines and some others from the United States.

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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