Balzan-Skinner Lecture and Symposium: Romantic Liberalism in Southern Europe, c. 1820-1850

26 April 2013, 11:00 - 17:30

SG1, Alison Richard Building


Dr Gabriel Paquette (The Johns Hopkins University, US):
CRASSH Balzan-Skinner Fellow 2012-13
Romantic Liberalism in Southern Europe, c. 1820-1850



In 1820, revolutions broke out in Spain, Naples, and Portugal. The revolutionaries overthrew absolutist regimes and forced monarchs to accept written constitutions and some representative institutions. In the case of the Iberian countries, these years also were marked by the final dismemberment of their Atlantic empires. By 1823, the fledgling liberal governments in Southern Europe had collapsed. The leaders were imprisoned, exiled, or executed. Over the course of the succeeding decades, cycles of revolution and reaction dominated the politics of Southern Europe. The political tumult occurred against the backdrop of, and helped to inform, an extraordinarily fertile cultural moment, Romanticism, which in turn cross-pollinated the political thought of the epoch. By focusing on several leading political writers, poets, historians and novelists from different Southern European countries, the lecture will explore and analyze the intersections, connections, and divergences between Liberalism and Romanticism in Southern Europe in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Javier Fernandez-Sebastian (Pais Vasco)
Professor Nuno Monteiro (ICS-Lisbon)
Professor Brian Hamnett (University of Essex)
Dr Gregorio Alonso (University of Leeds)

The programme can be seen by clicking on the link at the right hand side of the page.

To book your place please use the online registration link at the right hand side of the page. The standard fee is £20 with a reduced student fee of £10. This includes lunch and refreshments.


For administrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.


Friday 26 April



Registration and coffee


Welcome and Introduction

Keynote Lecture
Romantic Liberalism in Southern Europe, c. 1820-1850
Gabriel Paquette (The Johns Hopkins University)

Chair: John Robertson (University of Cambridge)




Session 1

A Distorting Mirror: The Sixteenth Century in the Historical Imagination of the First Hispanic Liberals
Javier Fernández Sebastián (Universidad de Pais Vasco)

The Reception of Romanticism in Italy and Spain: parallels and contrasts
Brian Hamnett (University of Essex)

Chair: Charles Jones (University of Cambridge)




Session 2

A great people struggling for their liberties’: Spain and the Mediterranean in the eyes of the first Benthamites
Gregorio Alonso (University of Leeds)

Mouzinho da Silveira and the political culture of Portuguese liberalism
Nuno Monteiro (ICS, Universidade de Lisboa)

Chair: Gabriela Ramos (University of Cambridge)


Wine Reception