Latin American Independence in the Age of Revolution

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU (CLACS)
Research Colloquium Series – Spring 2012

From the CLACS website:

Each semester, CLACS hosts a Research Colloquium series which combines a graduate level course with a speaker series. The course is co-taught by faculty of distinct disciplines, bringing together different academic fields of study. The event series invites top scholars from around the world to present current research to the NYU community as well as the general public. These cutting-edge themed colloquium series and conferences are the result of faculty working groups.

The title for the Spring 2012 Colloquium series is “Latin American Independence in the Age of Revolution.” This Distinguished Speaker series offers fresh new perspectives on Latin American independence — the subject of bicentennial commemorations around the region. Leading scholars from Latin America, the U.S., and Europe will tackle crucial questions such as: Was there an Enlightenment culture in the region? Were the causes of independence internal to Latin America or rather derived from the political crisis on the Iberian peninsula? Did nationalism produce or stem from the wars with colonial powers? What roles did subaltern actors play in the revolutions? Were the revolutions “democratic”? What was the role of slavery and anti-slavery?

Some dates have already passed, but the ones remaining at the time of this posting are listed below. Caribbean Epistemologies participant Marcela Echeverri will present on April 9th.

Monday, March 5th, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Rossana Barragán, “Los ‘indios esclavos’ y la crisis del orden colonial de Charcas a Cádiz”

Rossana Barragán is currently the Head of the Latin American Desk at
the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam. She is
the author of numerous books and articles, as well as the former
Director of the Archivo de La Paz, and the former President of the
Bolivian Studies Association.

Monday, March 19th, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Robin Blackburn, “Anti-slavery and the Origins of ?Human Rights?”

Robin Blackburn, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, is
presently Distinguished Visiting Professor of Historical Studies at
the New School University in New York City. He is the author of The
Overthrow of Colonial Slavery, 1776-1848 (1988); The Making of New
World Slavery: From the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1800 (1997); and
The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation, and Human Rights (2011).
He is also a longtime member of the editorial committee of the New
Left Review.

Monday, March 26th, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sara Johnson, “Une et Indivisible? Transcolonial Black Politics in the Wake of the Haitian Revolution”

Sara Johnson is Associate Professor of Literature of the Americas at
the University of California at San Diego. She is co-editor of Kaiso!
Writings By and About Katherine Dunham (Madison: University of
Wisconsin Press, Studies in Dance History Series, 2006) and of Una
ventana a Cuba y los Estudios cubanos (San Juan: Ediciones Callejon,

Monday, April 9th, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Marcela Echeverri, “Agents of Empire: Subaltern Politics in the Age of Revolution”

Marcela Echeverri is Assistant Professor of History, City University
of New York at Staten Island, and Mellon Resident Fellow 2011-12 at
the CUNY Center for the Humanities. She specializes in colonial Latin
American history and the comparative study of revolutions in the
Atlantic world with a particular emphasis on race, ethnicity, slavery,
and the law.

Monday, April 16th, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Luis Duno-Gottberg, “Disputing Bolivar’s Body, Disputing the Nation: Uses of Bolivarism in Contemporary Venezuela”
Note different location: The Great Room of 19 University Place, New York University, New York, NY 10012

Luis Duno-Gottberg is Associate Professor of Caribbean and Film
Studies in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Rice University. He
specializes in XIXth and XXth century Caribbean culture, with emphasis
on race and ethnicity, politics, and violence

Except the last session, all events take place in the Auditorium of King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South, New York University, New York, NY 10012. Please see the CLACS website for more details.

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