Javier Fernández Sebastián


 Javier Fernández Sebastián is Professor of History of Political Thought at the Universidad del País Vasco (Bilbao, Spain), and his work focuses on the field of intellectual and conceptual history of modern politics. He has been Fellow and Visiting Professor at various universities and research centres  in Europe and America, including the EHESS and the Université Paris III, the Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte (Göttingen) and the University of Cambridge. He is member of the editorial board of numerous Spanish and international journals and currently coordinates a far-reaching international Project on conceptual comparative history in the Ibero-American World. His recent books include a Diccionario político y social del siglo XX español (2008), co-authored by Juan Francisco Fuentes, and the first volume of Diccionario político y social del mundo iberoamericano (2009).


Independence: An Atlantic Concept

The aim of this project is to trace a conceptual history of the notion of “independence”, as used in political discourse by the many and varied agents involved in the crisis of the Atlantic World. Focused on a wide diversity of sources, the project seeks to examine how the notion of independence and some other concepts and metaphors closely associated with it evolved over space and time on both sides of the Atlantic. The project seeks to write a history of concepts in such a way that it goes beyond the nation-state, trying to identify links, similarities and contrasts not only among different countries within the Iberian American world, but also in comparison with the political uses of the concept of independence in other contexts, namely in modern British America.

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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