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.