Antiquity, Nationalism and Complex identities in Western Historiographies (1700-1900). Case Studies: Spain, Britain and Argentina

This is a project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO HAR2012-31736) in which several members of Imagines participate.


cartel-congreso-anihoANIHO/ANIWEH aims to study the role played by ancient Greece and Rome in national historiographies, as well as cultural and political expressions of the 18th and 19th centuries. Along with the Spanish case study – central scope of the project – ANIHO / ANIWEH will also look at other contexts that provide enriching parallels, such as Wales and Argentina.Such comparative perspectives will make possible to scrutinise dynamic phenomena such as the relationships between centre and periphery at different cultural and ideological levels.

The project presents two main lines of research: the first one focuses on historiography and analyses the function attributed to Classical Antiquity in the shaping of a Spanish national historiography, from the Enlightenment to the Restauration, as well as in the rising of ‘peripheral’ historiographies (notably Catalan and Basque) that tend to be associated with specific political aspirations. In a similar way, the Welsh case study will be scrutinised in relationship to British and English nationalism, while Argentinian historiography will be examined in correlation with the Spanish colonialism.

Secondly, the project will also study the social function of the past and the cultural and political model of Greece and Rome in 18th and 19th century Spain. On the one hand, we will look at the use of Antiquity in cultural societies, such as the Amigos del País, Athenaea and at archaeological and travellers’ associations; as well as at historical painting and novels that proliferated in 19th century Europe and Latin-America. On the other hand, ANIHO/ANIWEH will explore the presence of Graeco-Roman ideas and exempla in political thought and in public oratory, specifically in 19th century parliamentary context.

Project areas: Historiographies, Archaeology and Travellers, National Histories, Visual Arts, Collecting, Performing Arts.

Members: Antonio Duplá (Universidad del País Vasco), Jordi Cortadella (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Gloria Mora (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Pepa Castillo Pascual (Universidad de La Rioja), Marta García Morcillo (University of Roehampton, London), Amalia Emborujo (Universidad del País Vasco), Eleonora Dell’Elicine (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Filippo Carlà (University of Exeter), Grégory Reymond (Université de Toulouse), Jonatan Pérez Mostazo (Universidad del País Vasco).

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