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March ’10 JMH: Review

In the March 2010 Journal of Modern History, Christon I. Archer reviews Gabriel B. Paquette, Enlightenment, Governance, and Reform in Spain and Its Empire, 1759-1808 (Palgrave, 2008).

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CFP: “From Iberian Kingdoms to Atlantic Empires”

“From Iberian Kingdoms to Atlantic Empires: Spain, Portugal, and the New World, 1250-1700”

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies announces an interdisciplinary, international conference on the history and literature of the Iberian empires from the High Middle Ages through the conquest of the New World. Although many scholars have acknowledged similarities between late-medieval Iberia and its colonies in the New World, few have offered precise answers to the questions that arise from these similarities. What is the relationship, for example, between “inquisition” in a medieval context and in the New World?  Is it meaningful to compare minority Muslim communities in fifteenth-century Spain to indigenous peoples in the New World?  How were the legal and political instruments of late medieval kings foundational for early modern Europe and Latin America? This conference encourages new ways of approaching the topic, based on the conviction that medievalists, early modernists, and Latin Americanists can make meaningful contributions to each other’s fields.

Panels will likely include the following topics:

– Medieval and early modern Inquisition
– Global exploration and conquest
– Law, politics, and administration
– Language, literature, and translation
– Race, minority populations, and identity
– Evangelization, “Christianization,” and conversion

The conference will take place at McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18, 2010.  Papers from history and literature departments are welcome.  Contributions from graduate students are especially welcomed and a prize of $200 will be awarded to the best graduate student paper as
determined by a faculty panel. The authors of all accepted papers will be fully compensated for one night’s lodging and will be provided with a travel subvention of up to $100.  There are also two travel subventions of up to $500 for accepted international presenters.  All contributions should be sent to John Moscatiello, Chair of the Conference Committee, at by May 1, 2010 and include an abstract of 250 words (for a twenty-minute presentation), a cover letter, and a curriculum vitae.

Featured speakers:

 – Felipe Fernández-Armesto, University of Notre Dame
 – Paul Freedman, Yale University
 – Michael Gerli, University of Virginia
 – Sabine MacCormack, University of Notre Dame
 – Kenneth Mills, University of Toronto
 – João Paulo Oliveira e Costa, New University of Lisbon

On Friday, September 17, the Medieval Institute will host a dinner and reception in honor
of Jocelyn Hillgarth, Professor Emeritus of History, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval
Studies, University of Toronto in celebration of the acquisition of his personal collection
by the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

To register for this event, visit

’09 Books I Missed, Pt. 3

Three more books from last year that I missed when they first appeared:

Yirmiyahu Yovel, The Other Within: The Marranos: Split Identitiy and Emerging Modernity (Princeton, 2009).

Francisco Bethencourt, The Inquisition: A Global History 1478-1834 (Cambridge, 2009).

Manning, Patricia W., Voicing Dissent in Seventeenth-Century Spain: Inquisition, Social Criticism, and Theology in the Case of El Criticón (Brill, 2009).

Spring JIH: Review

One review for us in the Spring 2010 Journal of Interdisciplinary History.

Sonya Lipsett-Rivera reviews Scott K. Taylor, Honor and Violence in Golden Age Spain (Yale, 2008).

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New Books from Spain

Martín de la Hoz, José Carlos, Inquisición y confianza (Homo legens, 2010).

Mesoneros Romanos, Ramón de, Cuadros de costumbres: Tipos, caracteres, grupos y bocetos dibujados a la pluma por el Curioso Parlante (Homo legens, 2010).

Award Winner: Eleanor Tufts Award

Congratulations to Laura R. Bass, for winning the 2010 Eleanor Tufts Award for The Drama of the Portrait: Theater and Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain (Penn State University Press, 2008)! The American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies awards this prize for the best book in English on the arts of Iberia, 2008-09.

The awards committee members described this book “as a scholarly, wonderfully readable contribution to the study of Early Modern Spain’s visual arts. It explores the mutually influential spheres of theatrical works, theater publics, and painted portraits in a newly urban court society. In sophisticated readings of her sources, Bass moves from the paintbrush to the pen, from the portrait to the stage, and from the miniature to the mirror. Portraits, she writes, were objects of art and of personal veneration, but they also were also the loci of celebration, anxiety, and even peril. Bass convincingly shows that the `drama of the portrait is a drama of subjectivities always at once bound to and alienated from images – whether of a beloved, a rival, or the very self.’ Through the rigor of her arguments and the dexterity of her interdisciplinary research, Bass brings the portraits of Spain’s Golden Age to life.”

CFP: Spanish Theater at the 2011 MLA




Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Tragedy.

Theoretical reflections on baroque Spanish tragedy; Spanish tragedy in a comparative European context; generic and cultural particularities. 150–250-word abstracts by 15 March 2010; Laura R. Bass (

Roundtable on the Comedia and the Culture of the Baroque.

 Reconsiderations of the legacy of José Antonio Maravall on comedia studies and the shape of ideological and historicist approaches today. 150–250-word abstracts by 15 March 2010; Laura R. Bass (

Conference at Tulane: “Urban Empire”

Conference Announcement:

A multidisciplinary conference, “Urban Empire: A Symposium on Cities in the Early Modern Hispanic World,” will be held on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans, 19-20 March 2010. Presenters include Miruna Achim, Emily Clark, Richard Conway, Rebecca Earle, Jesús Escobar, Guadalupe García, Richard Kagan, Carmen Peraita, Ricardo Padrón, Michael Schreffler, Susan Verdi Webster, Amanda Wunder, and Ari Zighelboim. The symposium will be free and open to the public. For more information, please email Laura Bass (<>) or James Boyden (<>).

New Books, March 2010

Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Columbus on Himself (Hackett, 2010).

Lúcia Helena Costigan, Through Cracks in the Wall: Modern Inquisitions and New World Letrados in the Iberian Atlantic World (Brill, 2010).

Grace Magnier, Pedro de Valencia and the Catholic Apologists for the Expulsion of the Moriscos: Visions of Christianity and Kingship (Brill, 2010).

Journal of Military History, Jan 2010

Two articles:

Geoffrey Parker, “States Make War But Wars Also Break States.”

Charles Esdaile, “Spain 1808 – Iraq 2003: Some Thoughts on the Use and Abuse of History.”


Karl A. Roider reviews Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe.

David S. Heidler reviews J.C.A. Stagg, Borderlines in Borderlands: James Madison and the Spanish-American Frontier, 1776-1821.

Erica Charters reviews Charles Esdaile, Peninsular Eyewitnesses: The Experience of War in Spain and Portugal, 1808-1815.