Presentation by JCB Fellows

August 22, 2018 - 4:00pm

Join us for a collective presentation on Wednesday, August 22 as three JCB fellows share an item from the collection and its connection to their research project.

Presentations will be given by:

Céline Carayon (Salisbury University), John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow

 Lost? Colonial Failures and Memory in the Early Atlantic World

Céline Carayon's second book project, Lost? Colonial Failures and Memory in the Early Atlantic World, takes a transnational look at failed European settlements in the Americas, especially the larger circum-Caribbean region. Since every Western nation experienced multiple failures and "unsettlement" situations in the first century and a half of colonization, this project investigates how these disasters were written about by the Nations who suffered them but also by their competitors. What enterprises were qualified as "failed"? What were commonly acknowledged causes of failure? Which failures were remembered and which ones weren't? How did indigenous people and their memory feature in these representations of failed colonies?


Andrés Vélez Posada (Universidad EAFIT/CRASSH, University of Cambridge), Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellow

Ingenious Places: Economic Interpretations of Tropical Nature

The idea of nature as a productive agent was a persistent one during early modernity. This interpretation was expressed by operative metaphors conceiving of nature as a machine (machina mundi) and as a productive artist (natura artifex). Such economic and artistic thinking was undoubtedly connected to the abundant terminology and representations of ingenuity, understood as the generative power of Nature. This research raises the question of how this economic interpretation of nature was used in geographical descriptions and naturalist explanations concerning the New World, and particularly the tropical zone of the northern Andes.


Guadalupe Carrasco-González (Universidad de Cádiz), José Amor y Vázquez Fellow

Los agentes comerciales catalizadores de la globalización 

 La globalización es uno de los fenómenos de mayor impacto en las reflexiones colectivas que se realizan actualmente en el ámbito de las Humanidades y las Ciencias Sociales, pero lejos de poder comprenderse restrictivamente como un episodio meramente económico, se trata de un fenómeno histórico amplio, con dimensiones políticas, sociales, demográficas y culturales igualmente relevantes. A través de la figura de los agentes comerciales y particularmente de Richard Worsan Meade, comerciante y agente de compañías estadounidenses, francesas e inglesas en España podemos comprender el universo de relaciones e intercambios que conectaban el mundo a finales del siglo XVIII y en los inicios del siglo XIX.

The Reading Room will close to researchers at 3:30 pm.