The Hispanic-Anglosphere ...

Busy at work – the journey began…

 

 

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The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18th-20th centuries)’  is an international research network funded by the AHRC and the University of Winchester in partnership with the National Trust  that challenges old assumptions of enmity and isolation 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 that, perhaps not unlike today, was marked by natural disasters, the dislocation of global polities, nation-state building and the rise of nationalism (late 18th to early 20th centuries).

And we are very busy at work! Historians in the British Isles, continental Europe, the Americas and Russia in association with scholars from other disciplines and non-academic partners started implementing the project’s 18-month agenda through this interactive website (http://hispanic-anglosphere.com) and by holding on 3-5 November 2017 one of two planned three-day workshops. During the first meeting, participants explored and tested ways of thinking about the British Isles  vis-à-vis the global Hispanic world, offered relevant case studies for research and analysis and sought input from the general public for the formulation of short and longer-term research agendas.  Talks and debates were organized in partnership with the National Trust Tyntesfield, the stately home founded in 1843 by the Madrid-born merchant William Gibbs whose family built much of its fortune on the importation of Spanish wine and fruits, Peruvian guano and the export of Irish linen, Newfounland fish and British manufactures, among other commodities.

To celebrate the occasion, Dr Ana Carpintero Fernández, historian and Lecturer in Guitar Studies (Conservatorio Profesional de Música, Zaragoza, Spain) played in an original Fabricatore guitar dating back to 1819 a number of extracts from little-known guitar compositions published in the British Isles by two Spanish composers, including one dedicated to the Scottish Fourth Earl of Fife, a British volunteer in the Spanish Army during the Peninsular War and friend of the South American liberator José de San Martin.

In the months leading to the second workshop (22-24 June 2018), the network has initiated the systematic identification of Individuals, Networks and Communities.  We are very aware that this task highlights the open-ended character of the project since it will be impossible to fully achieve it within just 18 months. But the data gathered will be used for thematically mapping and studying the activities of relevant individuals and communities to throw light over little known instances and processes of entanglement.  A further key objective is to further develop the online presence by encouraging the interpretation of a wide range of archival, audio-visual and material evidence relating to the Hispanic-Anglosphere and by bringing them, and our academic discussions, to a wider audience; for example, through an online exhibition. So keep tuned and don’t forget to follow this site!

(Photos kindly taken by Dominic Roberts and Rolando de la Guardia Wald)

 

 

Missed the launch? Come to Oxford!

If you missed the launch of our project at NT Tyntesfield last Saturday,  come to the Latin American History Seminar at the University of Oxford (LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford) this coming Thursday (9 November), 5 pm for this talk:

  Entangled History:

The Hispanic-Anglosphere

(late 18th – early 20th centuries)

Graciela Iglesias-Rogers, University of Winchester

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Graciela Iglesias-Rogers is principal investigator of the AHRC-funded research network project  ‘The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18th-20th centuries)’ which in partnership with the National Trust (Tyntesfield) seeks 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 during a period marked by the dislocation of global polities, nation-state building and the rise of nationalism. She is Senior Lecturer in Modern European and Global Hispanic History at the University of Winchester, Associate Lecturer at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford and a former Reuters Fellow with a long career in journalism.  An Oxford graduate (St. Hilda’s) and postgraduate (LMH) 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 publications, including the recently published book co-edited with David Hook, Translations in Times of Disruption: an interdisciplinary study in transnational contexts (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

The Latin American History Seminar is convened by Prof Eduardo Posada-Carbó. More info here: https://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/events/entangled-history-hispanic-anglosphere-late-18th-early-20th-centuries

You can now also follow us via Twitter: @hispanicanglo

Welcome!

‘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 work in association with scholars from other disciplines and non-academic partners, particularly heritage organisations, to reveal 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 project is being officially launched with a public open meeting at the National Trust Tyntesfield today – Saturday 4th November, 3 pm (at the Sawmill). Few people know 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. The meeting will give the public a chance to learn more about this fascinating story while also helping to shape future expert research with suggestions and questions, some of which may be answered through this website (https://hispanic-anglosphere.com/shape-our-research/). To celebrate the occasion, a leading Spanish scholar will play in an original guitar dating back to 1819 a number of extracts from little-known guitar compositions published in the British Isles by Spanish composers, including one dedicated to the Scottish Fourth Earl of Fife, a British volunteer in the Spanish Army during the Peninsular War who was also a friend of the South American liberator José de San Martin.

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