By its very nature, history is written by the victors. We often do not hear the other side of the story, which has led to the establishment of a new field of study: Atlantic History. This historiographical approach centers its attention on the networks and connections established within the three continents bathed by the Atlantic’s waters, purposely trying to erase the strictly victor/conquered dialogue to arrive at a nuanced understanding of this complex and fluid world. To accomplish said goal we have organized a conference that will feature graduate students from this region who are currently working on the details of their current projects.
Our conference, titled, “Conectando el Mundo Atlantico: redes, barreras e intercambio(1492-1830),” will be held the 2-4 of April, 2014 and will feature famous historians such as Thomas Cummins of Harvard, Pedro Cardim of Nova Universidad do Lisboa, Eva Botella Ordinas of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and Rafael Valladares of CISC.
That being said, we want to couple the new projects with those of veteran historians to help guide the new lines of research. For this reason we have invited the five aforementioned scholars. All of which are from distinct parts of the Atlantic World, not only in their location, but also in their line of research. Without each, we cannot have a conference that is truly “international.
Read more about our conference objectives in our website!