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17:30 - 19:00 20 January 2016

Recognition as the social practice of citizenship in postemancipation Colombia

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Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Jason McGraw, University of Indiana

Examining slave emancipation in Colombia in the 1850s and its aftermath offers numerous new ways to think about citizenship in former societies-with-slaves. With only 17,000 souls in bondage at the end of legal slavery in 1852, the republic of New Granada (soon to be renamed Colombia) would appear at first glance to have experienced emancipation in a minor key in comparison to the great slavocracies of the Americas. On the contrary, a majority of New Granadans - who had little relationship to the remaining enslaved persons - embraced emancipation in order to push new and often radical demands for rights and standing. Final liberation made possible a civil equality and social ethos that shaped how citizens interacted with each other in public settings--in the streets, plazas, voting tables, workplaces, and church parishes.


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Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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