A New Multimedia Community-Contributed and Community-Driven Online Resource
The project aims to stimulate debate and research on women and Independence in Latin America by building on public interest in women's involvement in the Independence Wars, triggered by the bicentenaries, and women's unprecedented presence in Latin American politics today.
The project started as a five year AHRC-funded research project (2001-2006) with the aim of rethinking Latin American Independence in terms of gender. Now, having received further funding from the AHRC, we are in the process of transforming this website into a dynamic, interactive community-contributed and community-driven resource which will allow participants to exchange ideas and information about the Independence struggles and their contemporary relevance. We aim to stimulate debate and knowledge transfer regarding the significance of these events – and of the ideas and aspirations which they represent - to the lives of Latin American women today. The project is hosted by the Department of Hispanic and Latin American Studies at the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh.
How to search the database
Between 2001 and 2006, Dr Claire Brewster constructed a database of women involved in the processes of independence in Latin America. The database, created as part of a five-year AHRC funded project, has over two thousand entries and provides details of women's and men's political and social participation between 1790 and 1850. Although it is currently undergoing a process of restructuration and modification, the database can still be searched.
You can also follow this link to see the new, restructured map-based database
We need your help!
We are looking for volunteers to help us to translate our database from English to Spanish. Of course, their work will be officially and completely acknowledged. If you are interested, write to us! If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, you can visit the ‘Database and Translation’ page.
Arts and Humanities Research Board: Research Project (2001-2006)
The first stage of this research, funded by the AHRC from 2001, was completed in 2006 and has been recreated in a new format - see below). The second stage, 2006-2011, has involved the launch and dissemination of the website and database at numerous public events celebrating the bicentenaries of Spanish American Independence, and the circulation and reception of the published outputs including the co-authored book, Davies, Brewster, Owen, South American Independence: Gender, Politics, Text (Liverpool University Press 2006).
The web pages from the 2001-2006 research project have been re-created to ensure they are compatible with new technologies. These pages are available in English and Spanish.