Café Culture Series
Café Culture is an ongoing programme of regular evening events at which one or two SELCS researchers and external speakers give short, fun talks on themes researched in the School. Topics range from 'Vampires' and 'Translation' to 'Prison Graffiti'.
Time is allocated for audience questions and for the speakers and Café Culture team to mingle with the audience and continue discussion informally.
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Spanish American Intellectuals in London and the Cause for Independence
12 July, 7-9 pm, Bolivar
Hall, 58 Grafton Way, London
The aftermath of the American and French revolutions had a knock-on effect in London’s public life. Not only did it become one of the most affluent and active financial centres of the Western world but it also came to be the preferred destination for ever-growing numbers of Latin American exiles who fought the cause of independence from the Spanish Crown. Among them, the Precursor Francisco de Miranda played a crucial role in gathering at his house in Grafton Street (as it was called then) some of the most important military and political figures of the time. In this session, Humberto Núñez-Faraco and Gregorio Alonso will explore the political views of some of the Spanish American Patriots and their relationship with British intellectuals. Humberto Núñez-Faraco will consider the independence projects of the Jesuit Juan Pablo Viscardo y Guzmán, Francisco de Miranda and Simón Bolívar. Gregorio Alonso will talk about the Precursor’s relationship with Jeremy Bentham and James Mill to focus on the fruitful collaboration and lasting influence exerted by the two Englishmen on the Venezuelan poet, philosopher and jurist Andrés Bello.
The talks will be convened by Maria Alejandra Rivas Briceño and followed by a Q&A session and a tour to Casa Miranda, where facsimile copies of the publications El Colombiano, Biblioteca Americana, Repertorio Americano, and of letters by, or addressed to, Jeremy Bentham on the topic of Latin American independence will be on display.
Dr. Humberto Núñez-Faraco, Lecturer in Spanish-American Literature, University College London
Dr. Gregorio Alonso, Lecturer in Spanish History, University of Leeds
The talks will be convened by Maria Alejandra Rivas Briceño, Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in London
The event is free, but registration via Eventbrite is essential: