American intellectuals’ representation of Mexico, and pirates and indigenous peoples on the Pacific.
The Eccles Centre’s Summer Scholars season of free in-person lunchtime talks explores the exciting and wide-ranging research into the Americas collections at the British Library by the Eccles Centre’s Fellows and Award winners. The talks take place in the British Library Entrance Hall bookshop and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.
US Abolitionism in Revolutionary Mexico
The Mexican Revolution was a formative experience for a generation of American radicals. Owen Walsh explores the ways in which radical American intellectuals represented Mexico during its revolutionary transformation between 1910 and 1940. In particular, he considers the role of discourses around slavery and abolition as frameworks for understanding debt bondage and imperialist subordination in Mexico.
Pirates and Indigenous People on the American Pacific
Danny Zborover considers the 16th–18th century entanglements between English (and other) pirates who roamed the American Pacific, and the Chontal (and other) Indigenous groups who inhabited these coasts. He draws primarily on the Hack Atlas editions at the British Library, as primary sources for interpreting relevant ethnographic, historical, and archaeological records from southern Mexico and beyond.
Owen Walsh is a scholar of radicalism and race in the 20th-century US. His first book, under contract with the University of Illinois Press, will explore African American internationalism during the Depression. His new research project examines radical American intellectuals’ engagements with revolutionary Mexico. He is currently Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Aberdeen.
Danny Zborover is an anthropological and historical archaeologist who specialises in the interdisciplinary study of literate societies. Zborover received his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary and his M.A. from Leiden University, and held postdoctoral and teaching positions at various universities in the US. He is the Head of the Americas Section at the British Museum.
Image: Postcard created during the Mexican Revolution from Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University.
This event is organised by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. The Eccles Centre exists to support and promote creative research and lifelong learning about the Americas, through the world-class collections of the British Library.The British Library is a charity. Your support helps us open up a world of knowledge and inspiration for everyone. Donate today.