Caribbean Studies Seminar Series

Caribbean Studies Seminar Series
Date
25 January 2022, 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Type
Seminar
Venue
Online
Description



The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is delighted to announce the relaunch of its Caribbean Studies Seminar Series for the academic year 2021/22. These seminars will actively promote intellectual engagement and knowledge exchange by providing scholars - including postgraduate students and early career researchers - with the opportunity to present their interdisciplinary, comparative and integrated research on the Caribbean.

Speaking of contraband. Presentation of 'Islanders and Empire: Smuggling and Political Defiance in Hispaniola, 1580-1690'

Chair: Simeon Simeonov (Brown University)
Speaker:  Juan José Ponce Vázquez (University of Alabama)



I will take the audience through some of the main arguments and narrative of my book Islanders and Empire. In this monograph, I examine the role smuggling played in the cultural, economic, and socio-political transformation of Hispaniola from the late sixteenth to seventeenth centuries. With a rare focus on local peoples and communities, I analyse how residents of Hispaniola actively negotiated and transformed the meaning and reach of imperial bureaucracies and institutions for their own benefit. By co-opting the governing and judicial powers of local and imperial institutions on the island, residents could take advantage of, and even dominate, the contraband trade that reached the island's shores. In doing so, they altered the course of the European inter-imperial struggles in the Caribbean by limiting, redirecting, or suppressing the Spanish crown's policies, thus taking control of their destinies and that of their neighbours in Hispaniola, other Spanish Caribbean territories, and the Spanish empire in the region.

Juan José Ponce Vázquez is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama. He regularly teaches on the History of Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean. His research focuses on Spanish Caribbean societies in the 17th century. His book, Islanders and Empire: Smuggling and Political Defiance in Hispaniola, 1580-1690 (Cambridge University Press, 2020), won the 2021 Alfred B. Thomas Book Award by the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) and has just been published in paperback.


Seminar Programme

Winter term
25 January 2022 
22 February 2022
22 March 2022

Summer term
26 April 2022
10 May 2022
14 June 2022

Organisers: Eve Hayes de Kalaf (IMLR) and Jack Webb (Manchester)

The Caribbean Studies Seminar Series is organised by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) in collaboration with Race, Roots and Resistance (University of Manchester)


All are welcome to attend this free seminar, which will be held online via Zoom at 16:00 GMT. You will need to register in advance to receive the online joining link. Please click on the Book Now button below to register.

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Contact

Eve Hayes de Kalaf
eve.hayesdekalaf@sas.ac.uk
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