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.