Positive, insightful and very helpful comments were gathered during the first airing at the Institute of Historical Research in London of one of the working papers already emanating from our project: “Spanish ‘colonies’: a term forged in the Hispanic-Anglosphere” by Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester) and Dr José Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez (University of Salamanca). It was almost full house at the meeting organized by the Latin American History Seminar of the IHR and chaired by Dr Alejandra Irigoin (LSE-Department of Economic History). Discussions were enriched by interventions from both early career and veteran scholars from a variety of disciplines, including Prof Mark Thurner (SOAS-Latin American Studies) who is currently editing a multi-authored book on the subject of colonialism and global decolonization and our own colleague Dr Karen Racine (University of Guelph, Canada) who also kindly took the photos you can see here. Indeed, if you happen to be at Oxford this afternoon, do not miss her talk at 5 pm entitled ‘Mock Monarchy: Latin American Royal Exiles in London and their Effect on British Constitutional Debates’ at the Main Seminar Room, the Latin American Centre, 1 Church Walk, Oxford.
And for learning more or just to catch up with the latest regarding our project, come next Wednesday 24th October (11:10-13:00) to the talk by our Principal Investigator ‘Entangled History: the Hispanic-Anglosphere Project (Concepts, Methods and Public Engagement)’ organized by The Global History of Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century Seminar, at the McGregor Room, Oriel College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 4EW, UK. All welcome, but if you are not a member of the university, just drop an email before attending to Prof. James McDougall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With ‘Scroll-Free September’ over, we are back spreading the word! Here are details of a few talks and events that could be of interest to you in the coming weeks:
(Institute of Historical Research, Latin American History seminar / Venue: Peter Marshall Room N204, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK)
The legal codes of the Spanish Monarchy never employed the term ‘colonias’ (colonies) to refer to its overseas dominions. The absence from the Spanish juridical lexicon had political implications highlighted by the decree of 22 January 1809 that famously stated that the American dominions ‘are neither colonias nor feitorias, but an essential and integral part of the Spanish Monarchy’. This paper, arising from the AHRC-University of Winchester project in partnership with the National Trust ‘The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18th to early 20th centuries), traces the way and the extent to which the word ‘colonies’ managed to root itself into a Spanish context through a negative shift in meaning within the Anglo world largely driven by Irish revolutionaries.
For more information, contact: Dr Paulo Drinot (email@example.com)
(The Global History of Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century Seminar/ Venue: McGregor Room, Oriel College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 4EW, UK)
Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester)
A chance to learn about the rationale behind, the experience and latest developments in our project funded by the AHRC and the University of Winchester in partnership with the National Trust.
For more information, contact: Prof. James McDougall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Instituto Español de Estudios Estratégicos (IEEE), CESEDEN, Ministry of Defense, Madrid, Spain)
This is an international conference coordinated by our colleague Dr. Agustín Guimerá Ravina. It will be attended by 18 experts in history, defence and security, social psychology and the world of business from Spain, the UK and France. The aim is to explore the evolution of strategic leadership in Europe since early modern times, with a long-term, international and multidisciplinary approach. The programme includes a number of papers of interest to the Hispanic-Anglosphere project (ex. Prof. Andrew Lambert, King’s College London, “Enseñanza a través del ejemplo: ‘La campaña de Trafalgar’, de Julian Corbett, 1910/ Teaching by example: Julian Corbett’s “The Campaign of Trafalgar” of 1910).
For more information, including a full programme: contact Dr. Agustín Guimerá Ravina, (email@example.com)
The database compiled by Prof. Matthew Brown of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other European Adventurers in Gran Colombia (modern day Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Venezuela) during and after the Latin American Wars of Independence (c.1810-c.1830) is now available in the Resources area of our site.
This electronic resource features the names of over three thousand men and women. The first arrived in Venezuela in 1811; the last died in Ecuador in 1890. Over half were Irish. Several thousand died quickly upon arrival, or returned home just as soon; several hundred stayed and settled in Gran Colombia.
It is a closed and abbreviated database produced between 2000 and 2006 drawing on sources cited in the bibliography of Prof. Matthew Brown’s book Adventuring through Spanish colonies: Simón Bolívar, Foreign Mercenaries and the Birth of New Nations, Liverpool University Press, 2006; translated into Spanish by Katia Urteaga Villanueva and published by La Carreta Editores as Aventureros, mercenarios y legionarios extranjeros en la independencia de Colombia, 2010.
Many individuals whose presence in Gran Colombia is not widely known are listed, alongside more celebrated/notorious individuals including: Gregor MacGregor, a Scotsman who in 1819 declared himself ‘Inca of New Granada’; Daniel O’Leary, an Irishman who served as Simón Bolívar’s assistant for many years and later became British ambassador in Colombia and an important historian; James Rooke, who died of the wounds he received in the battle of Pantano de Vargas (1819), and whose last words were ‘Long Live the Land Which Will Bury Me!’.
Prof. Matthew Brown is happy to provide more information he has relating to individuals featured in his database – please just send him an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact him on social media @mateobrown. You may already find further information emanating from the work undertaken by other members of our network by simply using the ‘Search’ facility in this site (see above, right hand side of the screen).
Enjoy – and good luck with your research!
Twenty-two scholars and non-academics from around the world participated in the successful launch of our online exhibition Exploring the Hispanic-Anglosphere, part of a series of events that took place at the National Trust Tyntesfield last Saturday (23rd June) to continue our conversation with the public, this time by sharing some of the latest findings of our international research project ‘The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18th-20th centuries)’.
Throughout the day, visitors had the chance to take a ‘Hispanic itinerary’ of the neo-gothic Victorian mansion of Tyntesfield (plan available HERE free to download) in many cases discovering that its founder William Gibbs, was born in Madrid and that his family made much of its fortune by trading products from the global Hispanic world through the company Antony Gibbs & Sons. Joining us during all the events was a direct descendant of the founder of that firm and current administrator of The Gibbs Family Tree, Michael (Mike) Gibbs and his wife Juliet (in the photo, counting from the right, third on top row and first in bottom row, respectively)
The Hispanic itinerary and to an extent also the online exhibition served as a pilot experience for an even more ambitious exhibition planned to take place in-situ next year and aimed at drawing wider attention to items in the Tyntesfield collection that most vividly illustrate the presence and activities of the Gibbs’s family in the Hispanic-Anglosphere.
During an open meeting at the Sawmill, Sarah Merriman, General Manager Bristol Portfolio National Trust expressed great satisfaction in the NT’s involvement in the project and the estate’s curator and member of the Hispanic-Anglosphere network Susan Hayward gave an introductory talk about the life and times of William Gibbs. Our project’s Principal Investigator, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers outlined a few milestones achieved by the network since its launch only nine months ago just as a brief prelude to a guided tour of the online exhibition – a tour which benefited from the expert intervention of five of the authors of the panels currently in display, a few who had travelled from as far as Chile, Ireland and Spain to be present in the room and thus ready to provide many additional insights.
Wide-ranging discussions followed late into a sunny, mildly warm afternoon along with some tasting of tortas de aceite hand-made in Seville and the judicious pouring of sangria and cold shots of Manzanilla sherry.
A series of events on Saturday 23rd June, including the launch of an online exhibition, have been organized at the National Trust Tyntesfield to update the public on the latest findings of our project. ‘The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18th-20th centuries’ is bringing together historians in the British Isles, continental Europe, the Americas and Russia to develop a new critical conceptual framework – the ‘Hispanic-Anglosphere’ – to study 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 at a period marked by natural disasters, the dislocation of global polities, nation-state building and the rise of nationalism (late 18th to early 20th centuries).
Few people know, for example, that the founder of the neo-gothic Victorian mansion and parkland of Tyntesfield, William Gibbs, was born in Madrid and that his family made much of its fortune through trading Spanish wine and Peruvian guano. Throughout Saturday 23rd June, visitors will have the chance to take a ‘Hispanic itinerary’ of the house, currently managed by the National Trust, as part of a pilot experience aimed at drawing wider attention to items within its collection (the largest of the National Trust) that most vividly illustrate the enduring entanglement of the Gibbs family with the global Hispanic world.
At 3:30 pm, the project will hold an open public meeting (at the Sawmill) to launch the online exhibition ‘Exploring the Hispanic-Anglosphere’ which has been prepared to provide through text, images and sound a small sample of the full extent of the contribution made by those who from any point of the British were closely engaged with the global Hispanic world, regardless of their birth, religion or political allegiance (often branded as ‘Hispanophiles’) as well as of those who came from the Hispanic world to the British Isles as visitors, exiles and/or migrants. The meeting will give the public the opportunity to learn more while also helping to shape future expert research with questions and suggestions.
To celebrate the occasion, those attending the open meeting at the Sawmill will be offered a little taste of Hispanic food (ex. a torta de aceite and a small shot of sherry or sangria, depending on the weather).
Free tickets for the open meeting on Saturday 23rd June can be booked here or call 01275 461 900. Visits to the house are only free for NT members.
Two bright, talented and young members have joined our ranks to assist in the organization of the upcoming workshop of the Hispanic-Anglosphere project in Winchester and the National Trust Tyntesfield (22-24 June).
Adam Nour Nour El-Din Hafez (left in the photo) and Victoria Masters (right) were selected among dozens of candidates to the Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP). This is a scheme for University of Winchester undergraduate students that provides opportunities to work on ‘live’ research projects alongside academics.
Adam is currently in the Final year of a BA degree in History while Victoria (‘Tori’) is a 2nd year student in Psychology. They will also be assisting in populating pages in this website and in publicising the launch of an online exhibition (due to take place during the workshop) by liaising with local and international organisations and through the responsible and targeted use of social media.
They are most welcome! Bienvenidos!
Do not miss reading the detailed post by Susan Hayward on The Hispanic-Anglosphere at the National Trust Tyntesfield in the Resources area of our website. She is the curator of the magnificent estate established in the nineteenth century by the entrepreneurial Gibbs family near Bristol. Within 540 acres of woodland, parklands and formal gardens, it has at its heart an awe-inspiring neo-gothic country house with rich Hispanic content and influence on its interiors and furnishings that, she aptly observes, often comes as a surprise to visitors.
The public will have the chance to learn more about Tyntesfield’s Hispanic roots during a series of events on Saturday 23rd June. More details will be made available here and through the NT Tyntesfield events webpages – put the date already firmly in your agenda!