Global History Workshop - "Slavery in Mainland Spanish America in the Atlantic Age of Abolition"

Global History Workshop
Event date: 
October 23, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:20pm
Marcela Echeverri
Yale University
Seminar Series: 
Global History Workshop

"Slavery in Mainland Spanish America in the Atlantic Age of Abolition"

Marcela Echeverri, Yale University

This workshop is open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To attend, email Jennifer Loessy at A light lunch will be provided.

Marcela Echeverri is an Assistant Professor of History at Yale University. Echeverri is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in Anthropology and Political Theory. She received her PhD in Latin American and Caribbean History from New York University (NYU) in 2008, and taught at the City University of New York (CUNY) before joining Yale in 2013. She has written about Anthropology, gender, and nationalism in mid-twentieth century Colombia; slavery and the law in the Spanish empire; and the history of Indian and black royalists in Latin America’s independence wars. Her research and teaching interests focus on the relationship between political subjectivities and social transformation in Latin America from colonial times to the present.

A MacMillan Research Fellow at Yale, Echeverri is currently part of the 2015-2018 Leverhulme Network “War and Nation in South America.” She has won fellowships from the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia (Bogotá, Colombia); the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and Fundación Mapfre (Madrid, Spain); the John Carter Brown Library; and NYU’s Humanities Initiative.

Echeverri is at work on a book-length research project that seeks to recast Gran Colombian slavery and anti-slavery between 1820 and 1860 in the hemispheric dimensions of its time. This study will show that, rather than seeing mainland Spanish America as peripheral to the history of Atlantic slavery and anti-slavery, historians should consider the region as the epicenter of larger historical dynamics that shaped the meaning of freedom in the American continent.




Jennifer Loessy
Area of Interest: 
Latin America and the Caribbean
19th Century