National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar with José Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez on "In 'the cause of Liberty' or for 'the good of the Empire'? The Irish and the Independence of Latin America, 1808-1825"


Location: Room 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls


José Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez is the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The topic of his seminar:


The participation of thousands of Irish volunteers in the Spanish American wars of independence is commonly celebrated as a major landmark in the development of ties between the peoples of Ireland and the Hispanic New World.The alluring narratives associated with certain ‘heroes’ of Irish birth or stock, however, have also obscured the multifaceted meanings and uses that their contemporaries in Ireland and amongst the Irish-exiled community in the United States gave to these events. This talk will suggest why exploring Irish perceptions of imperialism, revolution and modernity beyond the Anglophone context might enrich our understanding of the transnational Irish experience during the Age of Revolutions.

After his presentation, a panel of three will comment on his work:

David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin

Enda Delaney, Professor of Modern History and School Director of Research, University of Edinburgh

Reception following.


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