Please join us on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library for a Scholarship@Villanova/Endowed Chair and Professorship lecture by Cristina Soriano, PhD, holder of the Albert R. LePage Endowed Professorship, assistant professor in the Department of History. Dr. Soriano will deliver a lecture titled "The Revolutionary Contagion: Pamphlets, Rumors, and Conspiracies in Venezuela during the Age of Revolutions."
This talk will analyze the complex connections between plebeian literacy practices, webs of circulation of information, and the emergence of social networks for political mobilization in colonial Venezuela. Direct and indirect participants of the Atlantic Revolutions—specially from France and St. Domingue—entered the coast of Venezuela and interacted with the local population, with whom they shared not only rumors and news but also a large variety of written texts about the revolutions. Dr. Soriano’s research explores how colonial Venezuela’s white inhabitants and inhabitants of color developed strategies and media—such as hand-written copies, public readings, and the composing of songs and dialogues—to spread information and ideas about the Atlantic Revolutions and to promote political mobilization. In Dr. Soriano’s opinion, these practices show a social expansion of the webs of information, as well as the incipient emergency of the public sphere, but they also indicate the strong interest of local groups in defining their political identities within the global Revolutionary context, as they challenged the colonial order and its structures of power. Join us as Dr. Soriano elaborates on these ideas.
This event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.