International Conference on States, local jurisdictions and borderlands in Europe and the Americas, c.1713-1914

KEYNOTE ADDRESS Tuesday 1 June, 17:00 BST
“Colony, Revolution, Nation: The Iberian-American Sequence, c.1780-1914”

Professor Alan Knight Emeritus Fellow, St Antony’s College University of Oxford
Organisers : Shyam Sridar & Luis Gabriel Galán Guerrero (University of Oxford)


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Unknown. ‘The Marriage of Captain Martín de Loyola to Beatriz Ñusta, c. 1750. Oil on canvas. Lima: Beaterio de Copacabana’

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, populations and settlers in Europe and the Americas set up a wide range of public offices, administrative bodies and corporations that asserted their own jurisdictions within monarchies and republics. In recent years, more nuanced interpretations on the process of state formation have highlighted the process of negotiation within republics and ‘composite monarchies’, and acknowledged the importance of corporations, legal pluralism, overlapping jurisdictions, local elites and borderlands in the functioning of the state.

This conference extends these existing lines of enquiry into the nature of states and aims to establish connections and comparisons on the processes of state formation on both sides of the Atlantic and in both periods.