Debates on the British Political Model in Early Nineteenth Century Colombia

The Anglo-Colombian Society is pleased to invite you to commemorate Colombian Independence Day with a talk followed by a toast. The presentation ‘Debates on the British Political Model in Early Nineteenth Century Colombia’ will be delivered by Jorge Varela, PhD candidate in History at University College London ( UCL) When: The event will be held at  on Tuesday 18th July from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Venue: The Colombian Consulate, 35 Portland Place, London W1B 1AE Schedule: 6:00pm – Doors open 6:30pm – Talk starts 7:00 pm – Q & A session 7:30pm -8:30pm – Networking reception. This is a free event.

Academic Series (2023): Trade, Technology and Politics: Creating an enduring link between Colombia and the United Kingdom

Amid the celebration of Colombian Independence Day, we will revisit its early Republican history to shed light on how the new nation created its enduring links with the United Kingdom. Three aspects will be the centre of the discussions: commerce, technology, and politics. In the first of these three presentations, Jorge Varela will show how the British constitutional monarchy fed divergent political agendas in the Colombian early Republican period. Both pro-monarchists and Republicans reflected on it and attempted to justify whether it fitted the emergent nation’s customs and political practices. Camilo Uribe-Botta, PhD candidate in History, University of Warwick will be the moderator of this presentation.
Jorge Varela is a PhD candidate in History at UCL. His project researches Latin American intellectual history from a comparative perspective. Focusing on liberalism in Colombia and Chile, his thesis explores the connections among intellectuals from these countries and compares how they answered questions regarding the political regime after independence. His research interests include political thought, democracy, and constitutionalism. Before undertaking his postgraduate studies, Jorge worked as adjunct lecturer and coordinator of the project Antioquia Visible at the Universidad EAFIT, in Medellín, Colombia.