The Science of Nation Building: Geographic Practices Forge a Modern Colombian Republic, 1821-1921

The Science of Nation Building: Geographic Practices Forge a Modern Colombian Republic, 1821-1921

Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Venue: 
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford
Speaker(s): 
Lina del Castillo, University of Austin, Texas
Convenor: 
Eduardo Posada-Carbo
Series: 
Latin American History Seminar

Lina del Castillo is Assistant Professor of History and Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Miami. Her work focuses on the intersections between cartography, contested claims to land and resources, and the formation of the Colombian nation-state. Her research has received support from the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Scholar Program. She was a Jeannette D. Black Fellow for the History of Cartography at the John Carter Brown Library, Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. Main publications include a forthcoming essay, ‘Cartographies of Colombian Independence,’ in Decolonizing the Map, edited by James Akermanwith the University of Chicago Press; ‘La Gran Colombia de la Gran Bretaña:  la importancia del lugar en la producción  de imágenes nacionales, 1819-1830’ in the Spanish journal, Araucaria: Revista Iberoamericana de Filosofía, Política y Humanidades (12, no. 24 (Second Semester 2010): 124-149); ‘La cartografía impresa  en la creación de la opinión pública en la época de la independencia’, in the edited collection, Disfraz y pluma de todos: Opinión pública y cultura política, siglos XVIII y XIX; and two essays, ‘Interior Designs’, and ‘Educating the Nation’, in Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader, edited by Jordana Dym and Karl Offen that came out with Chicago University Press. Her talk offers a preview and contextualization of her forthcoming book with the University of Nebraska Press.