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Cristina Soriano

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar


Professor
Villanova University

Photo: Cristina  Soriano

Dr. Cristina Soriano received a Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar award in Spring 2015 to support research on Tides of Revolutions: Information and Political Mobilization in Venezuela, 1789-1810. At the time of the award, she was the Albert R. Lepage Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Villanova University.

Soriano's teaching and research interests include colonial and modern Latin America, slavery and resistance movements, cultural and social history, and the Atlantic World (1500-1800). As of 2015, her most recent project involved analyzing the circulation of information and the configuration of political communities in Venezuela during the Age of Revolutions. 



Title of Research : Tides of Revolutions: Information and Political Mobilization in Venezuela, 1789-1810

While at UNM, she addressed how Venezuela remained for years one of only a handful of Provinces in Colonial Spanish America without printing press. The lack of a printing press until 1808, however, did not prevent the Venezuelan public from reading, transcribing, or exchanging ideas during the Age of the Atlantic Revolutions. What kind of information, ideas and experiences fed the political imagination of Venezuelans? How did Venezuelan access these sources of information? Venezuela remained for years one of only a handful of provinces in colonial Spanish America without printing press. The lack of a printing press until 1808, however, did not prevent the Venezuelan public from reading, transcribing, or exchanging ideas during the Age of the Atlantic Revolutions. What kind of information, ideas and experiences fed the political imagination of Venezuelans? How did Venezuelan access these sources of information? These questions and more were addressed in her presentation of research findings.