Masters of Arts in Humanities in Caribbean and Latin/o American Studies (CLAS)
A Multi-Sited Pre-Professional Program in Advanced Studies and Research
Third Semester: Madrid and Seville
Your semester in Spain begins in Madrid in mid-September with a specially designed Spanish American History Seminar on “Spain and the Atlantic World.” This will be your first opportunity to meet and mingle with Europe’s most renowned scholars and researchers in the fields of Caribbean, Latin American and Atlantic History. They form the core group of the Network of Comparative Studies of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World (REECMA) and are all members of the prestigious Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CCHS) of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC).
You will alternate your time in Madrid between classes, museum visits and daily work at the Archivo Historico (AHN), the central historical archive of the Spanish State. This will be your first direct encounter with historical documents and the start of the Archival Research Project course around which the entire semester is organized. Your other two courses also begin at this time. They are Scholarly and Professional Writing, and Contemporary Spanish Politics.
Following the first two weeks in Madrid, we move to Seville where you will spend the rest of the semester working as a research fellow in the largest collection of American colonial documents in the entire world: the Archive of the Indies (AGI). In Seville, we are partners with the oldest European institution specializing in the study of Hispanic America: the Escuela de Estudios Hispanoamericanos (EEHA). This experience is seldom available to Master-level students. Indeed, even doctoral students find it hard to set aside (and pay for) three months to conduct archival research abroad.
Following the European scholastic tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, your semester in Spain will be an apprenticeship where you will acquire invaluable and very practical skills under the guidance and direct one-on-one supervision of the Program Director. You will do all of this while living in Seville, a city that for three centuries enjoyed a privileged position as the European capital of the Spanish colonial empire and that today remains a rich and vibrant metropolis in the contact zone between Europe, Africa and America.
The semester in Spain includes study tours to major sites of interest in the vicinity of Madrid and in Andalusia.