This week’s activities have had Harvard Professor David Armitage as the main character. On thursday, 10th, he was the chair of the seminar on Independence/Civil War, which was, also, the last one from the advanced research group. Professor Juan Franciso Fuentes, director of AE, exposed his paper, “Belle Époque: Myth and concept of civil war (Spain, 1898-1939)”, while Professor Octavio Ruiz-Manjon talk about his researches on the cultural interchanges between the United States and Spanish intellectuals in the early 20 century.
Professor Javier Fernández Sebastián, in the other hand, exposed a great approach on the development, through history, of the concept of “independence”; and Vanessa Mongey, PhD candidate of the University of Pennsylvania, presented a paper on the multiracial revolutionary expeditions that fought the Spanish empire and attempted to create their own republican states during the Age of Revolutions.
On wednesday, Prof. Armitage offered an extraordinary lecture on the genealogy of the concept Civil War, which was followed by an interesting debate.