Colloque international "Popular Royalism in the Atlantic World"

Les 28 et 29 octobre 2016 à Yale, le programme STARACO et Yale university organiseront le colloque international "Popular Royalism in the Atlantic World"


The historiography on the Age of Revolution has been revitalized in the last two decades with the expansion of the geographic and chronological frontiers of the original palmerian paradigm, which focused on the north Atlantic revolutions in the US and France. Particularly in the American context, the inclusion of the Haitian Revolution and the Latin American independence processes has provided new perspectives on the transformation of politics in the wake of anticolonial and liberal thought and institutions. Moving into the nineteenth century has also brought to the fore the long-term consequences of revolution on the institution of slavery and the implications of antislavery for the rise of republican politics.

An exciting frontier in the study of this period is the subject of loyalty and royalism, often ignored or downplayed in the narratives that define the period through the lens of modernization and liberal revolution. Even the studies that focus on popular engagement with the military and ideological processes of the revolutionary age tend to identify popular political consciousness with anticolonial and revolutionary politics. This kind of royalism of the popular classes is not understood as an autonomous political choice but as a derivative one, influenced by loyalist elites from the clergy or the nobility, or by religion.

This conference will bring together scholars whose work illustrates the range of political options and choices available to popular sectors in the revolutionary Atlantic, such as native and Afro-descendant peoples, peasants and artisans. From a truly Atlantic perspective we will put in dialogue case studies from the US, Latin America and Europe that illustrate the logic and dynamism of popular royalism. We aim to probe the ways in which concepts such as freedom and citizenship were central to popular engagement with monarchical institutions and politics.

The conference will establish regional comparisons structuring the discussion around five themes: alliances; revolution/counterrevolution; politics and religion; legality and monarchical legitimacy; military organization and violence.

Yale University
320 York Street, Hall of Graduate Studies, Room 211,
October 28-29th 2016

Scientific coordinators: Marcela Echeverri (Yale) — Clément Thibaud (Université de Nantes)
The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund
STARACO, ‘Status, race and colors in the Atlantic World’ program, Centre de Recherches en Histoire Internationale et Atlantique, Université de Nantes, Région des Pays de la Loire
Yale Department of History

Day 1, October 28
HGS, Room 211

8:00 – 9:00 AM
Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:15 AM
Presentation: Marcela Echeverri (Yale) — Clément Thibaud (Université de Nantes)

9:15 – 11:15 AM
Panel 1, Revolution and Counterrevolution
Chair: Steve PINCUS (Yale)
-Alexandre DUPONT, Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
“Popular Royalism in the Pyrenees and its Paradoxes”
-Doris GARRAWAY, Northwestern University (USA)
“Legitimating Monarchy in an Abolitionist State: The Christophean Social Contract”
-Aurélien LIGNEREUX, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (France)
“The Royalist Insurgency of Spring 1815: A European Perspective”

11:15 – 11:30 AM

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Panel 2, Legality and Monarchical Legitimacy
Chair: Marcela ECHEVERRI (Yale)

-Hendrik KRAAY, University of Calgary (Canada)
“Cabanos, Black Kings, and the Guarda Negra : Popular Royalism in Nineteenth-Century Brazil”
-Sergio SERULNIKOV, Universidad de San Andrés-Conicet (Argentina)
“What Invoking the King´s Name Meant (and What it Did Not): Popular Royalism in Late Colonial Charcas”
-Randy SPARKS, Tulane University (USA)
“‘Britons Never Shall Be Slaves’: Consular Manumissions in the Atlantic World, 1830–1860”

1:30 – 2:45 PM

2:45 – 4:45 PM
Panel 3, Military Organization and Violence
Chair: Ed RUGEMER (Yale)
-Ruma CHOPRA, San Jose State University (USA)
“The Loyal Maroons”
-Claudia GUARISCO, El Colegio Mexiquense (Mexico)
“Popular Royalism and War in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions: New Spain from 1810 to 1821”
-Maria Alessandra BOLLETTINO, Framingham State University (USA)
“‘I am willing to fight for his Majesty King George’ : Black Royalism in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World”

Day 2, October 29
HGS, Room 211

9:00 – 11:00 AM
Panel 1, Politics and Religion
Chair: Stuart SCHWARTZ (Yale)
-Andréa LISLY, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (Brazil)
“Two Loyalties, a Single Emperor : Restorers and liberals in defense of D. Pedro I of Brazil and IV of Portugal (1828-1834)”
-Simon SARLIN, Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre (France)
“Saints and Soldiers : Miracles, Prophecies and Sainthood in Mass Mobilizations in Italy, from the Insorgenze to the Risorgimento”
-Tomás STRAKA, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela)
“Father Llamozas’ ‘Revolution’”

11:00 – 11:15 AM

11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Panel 2, Alliances
Chair: Clément THIBAUD (Nantes)
-Paul CHOPELIN, Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France)
“Popular Royalism in France (1789-1900)”
-David GARRETT, Reed College (USA)
“The Sahuaraura and the Politics of Rebellion:
An Andean Narrative of the Age of Revolution”
-Steinar A. SAETHER, University of Oslo (Norway)
“Decorations as Signs of Royalism during the Latin American Wars of Independence”

1:15 – 2:30 PM

2:30 – 4:30 PM
Concluding Roundtable
Moderator: Marcela ECHEVERRI (Yale)
- Gabriel DI MEGLIO, Universidad de Buenos Aires-CONICET (Argentina)
- Maya JASANOFF, Harvard University (USA)
- Elena SCHNEIDER, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
- Clément THIBAUD, Université de Nantes (France)

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