Connected Histories of the First South American Republics (1808-1850)

October 18, 2017 - 9:00am


Connected Histories of the First South American Republics (1808-1850)
October 18-19, 2017

The network War and Nation in South America was formed under the leadership of Natalia Sobrevilla Perea and with the funding support of the Leverhulme trust, to develop a collective research project between 2015 and 2018. 

We have organized academic workshops and conferences (in Colombia, Argentina and Chile, with an upcoming one in Peru in 2018) on the Independence period and into the first thirty years of republican formation in South America. In these meetings we have explored continuities and breaks with the colonial period, taking the recent historiography on the imperial crisis (1808-1821) forward to ask questions about regional dynamics among the territories in South America and looking at the ways in which war became a catalyst for the creation of identities in the emerging South American nations up to 1850. 

Our strength is based on the possibility of having a dialogue between specialists in the areas of Rio de la Plata, Chile, Peru, and Gran Colombia to move away from national narratives and produce analyses from regional, hemispheric, and Atlantic perspectives. 

We will meet to discuss our works in progress for the edited volume "Connected Histories of the First South American Republics (1808-1850)." We have invited specialists in the history of these regions during the 1808-1850 period who will comment on our work in a workshop format. Our debates will reflect on the importance of highlighting connections and comparisons for the study of Spanish South America during the first half of the nineteenth century and offer new insights on the symbolic, political, economic, institutional, military, and social dimensions of these republican experiments.

The morning sessions (9am - 1pm) of the workshop on October 18 and 19 will be open to the public and will take place in Pembroke Hall 305 (172 Meeting Street). Registration is required. Register for the workshop here. We will pre-circulate papers in Spanish to attendees but the presentations and discussion will be in English.

The program is as follows: 

October 18

Chair: Marcela Echeverri (Yale University)

-Claudia Rosas (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)
“El laboratorio republicano en Sudamérica”
Comment by Karen Racine (University of Guelph)

-Juan Luis Ossa (Centro de Estudios de Historia Política, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez)
“Formas de la construcción del estado y de la soberanía”
Comment by Sarah Chambers (University of Minnesota) 

-Alejandro Rabinovich (Universidad Nacional de la Pampa, CONICET)
“Organización militar y guerra”
Comment by Anthony McFarlane (University of Warwick)

-Gabriel DiMeglio (Instituto Ravignani,  Universidad de Buenos Aires-CONICET)
“La participación política popular”
Comment by Cristina Soriano (Villanova University)

October 19

Chair: Francisco Ortega (Universidad Nacional de Colombia/Santo Domingo Fellow 2017-2018, Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University)

-Marcela Echeverri (Yale University)
“Republicanismo, esclavitud y trabajo libre” 
Comment by Peter Blanchard (University of Toronto)

-Daniel Gutiérrez (Universidad Externado de Colombia)
“Los tropiezos de la libertad” 
Comment by Joshua Simon (Columbia University) 

-Natalia Sobrevilla Perea (University of Kent)
“Identidades y naciones”
Comment by Felipe Martínez (Brown University)