The College of Liberal Arts’ University Forum Lecture Series presents “A New World for the Republic of Letters: The Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Mexico,” a talk by Jose Francisco Robles, Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of Washington.
Understanding the shape, scope and form that cultural exchange took in the age of Enlightenment has long been a central question for the interdisciplinary field of eighteenth-century studies. The study of how intellectual communities formed and interacted as a politically independent, intellectually autonomous, socially mixed and cosmopolitan "republic of letters" has drawn the interest of scholars and students of Europe and North America.
This talk, the fruit of highly original research by an internationally trained scholar, will the "republic of letters" of New Spain in eighteenth-century, specifically in the major urban centers of Mexico. It will explore the literary and philosophical work produced by these of learned communities and their role in transatlantic polemics on the nature of the New World to raise important questions about how to understand the social networks and ideas of the Enlightenment in a global context.