Eclipse of Empires. Colonial Resistence, Metropolitan Decline, and Imperial Crises in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Wednesday, 2 June, 2010

8.00am Coffee 08.30-9.00am Information and Welcoming Session

Conference Information: Stephen Jacobson, Alfred McCoy, and Josep M. Fradera

Welcome: Louise McNally, Vice Rector of Research, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

9.15-11.15am Session 1: ”Decline and Succession among Modern Empires“

Chair: Juan Pan-Montojo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Papers:
· Gregory Barton (Macquarie University) Informal Empire, Elites, and the Mechanism of Control
·  Josep M Fradera (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Empires in Retreat: Spain and Portugal, 1810-1870
·  Kelvin Santiago (Binghampton University) Comparing the Fin-de-Siècles of Great Britain and United States: The Crisis-Ridden Descent from the Commanding Heights of Global Imperialism

11.15-11.30am Coffee Break

11.30am-1.30pm Session 2: ”Spain’s Long Imperial Recession“

Chair: Francisco Scarano (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Papers:
· Josep M Delgado (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) The Roots of Spanish Imperial Collapse: Bourbon Reforms and the Breakdown of Consensus between Monarchy and Spanish American Elites (1762-1821)
· Stephen Jacobson (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Micromilitarism and the Eclipse of the Spanish Empire during the Mid-Nineteenth Century
· Albert Garcia Balanyà (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) “Fatherland and Freedom”: Colonial Crises and the Shaping of Grassroots Politics in Metropolitan Spain (1859-1878)
·  Florentino Rodao (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) Biopolitics and Spanish Imperialism

1.30-2.30pm Lunch Break

2.30-4.30pm Session 3: ”Spain-U.S. Imperial Transitions in Latin America and Philippines“

Chair: Prof. Vina Lanzona (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa) Papers:
· María Dolores Elizalde (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid) The Making of a Colonial Discourse on an Empire in Transition: The Case of the Spanish Philippines
· Greg Grandin* (New York University) [*in absentia] American Exceptionalisms: Inter-American Relations as Immanent Critique
·  Courtney Johnson (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Prospero’s Court: Filipino Pan-Americanism, Alliance Imperialism and the Emerging International Order
·  Christopher Schmidt-Nowara* (Fordham University) [*in absentia] A New Imperial Past: The Spanish Empire in the United States after 1898

4.30-5.00pm Coffee Break

5.00-7.00pm Session 4: ”Subjects into Citizens: Imperial Decline and National Identities

Chair: Juan Carlos Garavaglia (Universitat Pompeu Fabra; École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) Papers:
· Joya Chatterji* (University of Cambridge) [*in absentia] From Subjecthood to Citizenship in South Asia: Empire, Decolonisation and Mobility
·  Ana Cristina Silva (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) Natives Who Were Citizens and Natives Who Were Indigenous in the Portuguese Colonial Empire (19th-20th Centuries)
·  Mauricio Tenorio (University of Chicago) Making Sense of Promiscuity: Empire, Race, and Mestizaje 9.00pm Conference Dinner ( Restaurante Amaya, La Rambla, 20-24)

Thursday, 3 June

8.00am Coffee

8.30-10.30am Session 5: ”Complexities and Contradictions of French Decolonisation“

Chair: Albert Carreras (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Papers:
· Robert Aldrich (University of Sydney) When Did Decolonisation End? France and the Ending of Empire
·  Gary Wilder (City University of New York) Decolonizing France: L.S. Senghor’s African Socialism Revisited
·  Emmanuelle Saada (Columbia University) The Fall and Rise of the (French) Empire?

10.30-11.00am Coffee Break

11.00am-1.00pm Session 6: ”Information and Imperial Controls“ Chair: Robert Fishman (Universitat Pompeu Fabra; University of Notre Dame)

· Tony Ballantyne (University of Otago) Information, Intelligence, Empire: Rethinking the Mid-Nineteenth Century Crisis in the British Empire
·  Greg Bankoff (University of Hull) The “Three Rs” and the Making of a New World Order: Reparation, Reconstruction, Relief and U.S. Policy, 1945-1952
·  Julian Go* (Boston University) [*in absentia] Enchained Empires: The American and European Imperial Formations in the Mid-Twentieth Century
·  Alfred W. McCoy (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Information and America’s Ascent from Insular Empire to Global Power

1.00-2.00pm Lunch Break

2.00-4.00pm Session 7: ”Elite Responses to Imperial Decline and Decolonisation“

Chair: Enric Ucelay-Da Cal (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Papers:
· Remco Raben (Utrecht University) Decolonisation and the Democratic Moment in Southeast Asia
·  Francisco Scarano (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Imperialist Nationalists at the End of Spain’s Caribbean Empire
·  Warwick Anderson and Hans Pols (University of Sydney) Cosmopolitan Science and Nationalist Self-Fashioning in East Asia

4.00-4.15pm Coffee Break

4.15-6.00pm Session 8: ”Eclipse of Empires: The Processes of Imperial Transitions“

Rapporteur: Alfred W. McCoy (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Response: Josep M. Fradera (Universitat Pompeu Fabra); Emmanuelle Saada (Columbia University)

6.00-7.30pm Despedida – Cava (champagne) and Tapas

Organized by

Grupo de Recerca Illes i Imperis

Sponsored by

Departament d’Humanitats

Institut Universitari d’Història Jaume Vicenes Vives

Ministerio de Educación

State Building in Latin America (ERC)

Càtedra Unesco de Cultura Iberoamericana

Càtedra Unesco d’Estudis Interculturals

Book forthcoming by September 2012

Alfred McCoy, Josep M. Fradera y Stephen Jacobson (eds.), Endless Empires: Spain’s Retreat, Europe’s Eclipse, and United States Decline, Madison, Wi., The University Press of Wisconsin.