Transition: a few tips and ideas… Saturday 11th May, 3pm, Winchester Cathedral’s Wessex Center

Come and join us in this open and free event:

A public conversation at the Winchester Cathedral’s Wessex Centre,

Saturday 11 May 2019, 3-5 pm



A few tips and ideas from the HispanicAnglosphere

(late 18th-early 20th centuries)

TransitionBluefellow talk

Everyday the news has been jam-packed with stories about impending transformation – call it Brexit, the twilight of the modern Elizabethan era with the possibility of a male regency, the end of the fossil economy and the rapid growth of the so-called industries of the future (virtual reality, driverless cars, etc.). Change brings both challenges and opportunities. The history of the British Isles and the global Hispanic world is full of good and bad examples of how to get through periods of transition. Five leading scholars from around the world have been invited to share through a round-table discussion a few tips and ideas about various experiences, particularly from the late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries, a period marked by the dislocation of global polities, the rise and fall of monarchies, empires and republics, nation-state building, the rise of nationalism as well as by technological and biological innovations that altered landscape and infrastructures forever.

Speakers: Dr Andrés Baeza Ruz (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Dr Helen Cowie (University of York), Prof. Eduardo Posada-Carbó (University of Oxford), Prof. Natalia Sobrevilla Perea (University of Kent); chaired by Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester).

The event is organized by the Modern History Research Centre of the University of Winchester in association with The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18th-20th centuries)’, an international research network funded by the AHRC and the University of Winchester in partnership with the National Trust. For more info, please contact Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers ( ) and/or visit the project’s online platform .

  All welcome!

Notes on Speakers:

Natalia Sobrevilla Perea is Professor of Latin American History and head of Hispanic studies at the University of Kent. She is also the principal investigator of the research network ‘War and Nation: identity and the process of state-building in South America (1800-1840)’. Dr Sobrevilla Perea was awarded her doctorate by the University of London in 2005 and her undergraduate degree was from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (1996). Her research interests include state formation and political culture in the Andes from the end of the colonial period throughout the nineteenth century as well as issues of identity, race and ethnicity, and military culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in South America.

Eduardo Posada-Carbó is Professor of the History and Politics of Latin America at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies and William Golding Senior Fellow at Brasenose College University of Oxford.  He has been a visiting professor at various universities in Europe and in the Americas and has published extensively on the history and politics of Latin America, with a focus on Colombia.  He is the author of La nación soñada. Violencia, liberalismo y democracia en Colombia (2006), and of articles published in the Historical Journal, Hispanic American Historical ReviewLatin American Research ReviewIntellectual History ReviewJournal of DemocracyJournal of Latin American Studies, and Revista de Indias. He has also edited Elections Before Democracy.  The History of Elections in Europe and Latin America (1996); (with Iván Jaksic), Liberalismo y poder.  Latinoamérica en el siglo XIX (2011); and more recently a five volume history of Colombia, published by the Fundación Mapfre and Penguin Random House in Madrid.

Helen Cowie is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of York and a member of its Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. Her research focuses on the cultural history of science with a particular focus on the history of animals.  She has published extensively on the subject, including  Cowie, H.L. (2017) ‘From the Andes to the Outback: Acclimatising Alpacas in the British Empire‘ Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol 45, no. 4, pp. 551-579 and her book Cowie, H.L. (2014) Exhibiting Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Empathy, Education, Entertainment. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Andrés Baeza Ruz is Postdoctoral Research Fellow on transnational education (Instituto de Historia de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) has a PhD in Latin American History from the University of Bristol and is currently leading a programme of reform of the educational syllabus in Chile. His book Contacts, Collisions and Relationships: Britons and Chileans in the Independence Era, 1806-1831 has been recently published by Liverpool University Press (31st March 2019).

Graciela Iglesias-Rogers is Senior Lecturer in Modern European and Global Hispanic History at the University of Winchester and Principal Investigator in the AHRC-University of Winchester research network ‘The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18th-ealy 20th centuries) in partnership with the National Trust. She is also a former Reuters Fellow with a long career in journalism. An Oxford graduate (St. Hilda’s) and postgraduate (LMH) both as a mature student, her first academic book, British Liberators in the Age of Napoleon: volunteering under the Spanish Flag in the Peninsular War (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014) has been followed by other works, including a book co-edited with Prof. David Hook, Translations in Times of Disruption: an interdisciplinary study in transnational contexts (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).


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