CSIS Seminar: ‘The wolf by the ears’ Jesús Sanjurjo

5:00pm - 6:00pm / Thursday 13th October 2016 / Venue: Lecture Room 1, 9 Abercromby Square Abercromby SQ (West)
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: Centre for the Study of International Slavery
  • Suitable for: All university staff, students and members of the public.
  • Admission: Admission is free.
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Title: ‘The wolf by the ears’: defining anti-slave trade discourses in early 19th Spanish Empire


The processes of construction, circulation and transformation of anti-slave trade public discourses in the Spanish Empire between 1810 and 1833 are assessed in this talk. It proposes a non-evolutionary approach to the development of these ideas both in metropolitan and colonial Spain and tackles the ideological tensions between liberalism, imperial rivalries and abolitionism. It highlights the need for (re) assessing the role of the Hispanic context and facilitating a wider study of the intellectual and political debates within early Liberalism. It thus aims to make an original contribution to current historiographical debates on anti-slave trade ideas, policies and discourses in the Atlantic world.

Speaker biography

Jesús Sanjurjo is a WRoCAH Doctoral Researcher and Teaching Assistant at the University of Leeds. He currently serves as Vice-President of PILAS and co-directs the LHRI Research Group ‘Ideas and Identities in the Atlantic World, c.1500-c.1900’. He studied History at undergraduate level at the University of Oviedo, Spain (2009-2013), and he continued his postgraduate education at the University of Leeds where he took an MA in 'Race and Resistance' (2013-2014). He worked as production assistant for the online journal Periodismo Humano and was member of the US Embassy Youth Council of Spain (USEYC) at the United States Embassy in Madrid. He has been awarded an AHRC-WRoCAH Doctoral Studentship to support his PhD studies at the University of Leeds.CSIS Seminar Series