The network’s principal objective is to develop a new critical conceptual framework – the Hispanic-Anglosphere – for the study of individuals, networks and communities that made of the British Isles a crucial hub for the global Hispanic world and a bridge between Spanish Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas during a period marked by the dissolution of polities, nation-state building and the rise of nationalism (late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries). It proposes to do it through the following interrelated tasks:
- establishing a network of scholars and non-academic partners around the world whose work explores the intersections of the Hispanic and Anglo spheres in the British Isles during the late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries.
- hosting two workshops and an online interactive platform in which network members will explore and test ways of thinking about the British Isles as a hub for the global Hispanic world and a bridge between Spanish Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas at a time of great political, social and cultural uncertainty; participants will also offer relevant case studies for scholarly research and analysis and will seek input from the general public for the formulation of short and longer-term research agendas.
- engaging in wider and deeper public debates about the Hispanic-Anglosphere through partnership with the National Trust Tyntesfield (historical home of the Gibbs family, strongly involved in the Hispanic-Anglosphere), its collections and programmes of events. The network will also foster the exchange of ideas and perspectives between academics and curators of other heritage sites with the intention of both shaping and bringing cutting-edge research to non-specialist audiences. It is hoped that discussions may inform public policy-making in relation to wider topics of increasing political, economic and socio-cultural salience such as social integration, diasporas, the dislocation of global and supranational polities, globalization, nation-building and inter-imperiality by establishing connections between academia, governmental and non-governmental organizations and the public at large.
- initiating the systematic identification of individuals and communities in the British Isles who were closely engaged with the Hispanic world, regardless of their birth, religion or political allegiance as well as of those who came from the Hispanic world to the British Isles as visitors, exiles and/or migrants.
- thematically mapping and studying the activities of relevant individuals and communities from an interdisciplinary, transnational and global perspective.
- collecting the resulting information with the aim of preparing working papers on case studies that may be included in a multi-authored book and for populating thematic and prosopographical webpages hosted by the network’s online platform; contributing to the updating, enhancement and enrichment of existing databases and other digital scholarly resources which may offer material relevant to the Hispanic-Anglosphere.
- developing an online presence that encourages the interpretation of a wide range of archival, audio-visual and material evidence relating to the Hispanic-Anglosphere and that brings them, and the network’s discussions, to a wider audience (through, for example, online exhibitions), seeking for the implementation of the latter the cooperation of other mass media (ex. radio, television).
- providing a springboard for future collaborations between historians, other scholars in the humanities, scientists, social scientists and heritage curators through the preparation of other relevant research projects that will ensure the long-term sustainability of the network’s community of scholars and exploring the possibility of providing expert assistance to the wider public on issues relating to the Hispanic-Anglosphere through specific consultancy schemes.