Calls for Papers

CFP Round-Up

These calls-for-papers have all appeared elsewhere, especially on Espora,  but I thought I would include them for the sake of comprehensiveness. There are three here, although the date for submission has expired already on the third.

V Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Estudios del
Cádiz, 24, 25 y 26 de octubre de 2012

La Sociedad Española de Estudios del Siglo XVIII (SEES XVIII: ) y el Grupo de Estudios del Siglo XVIII de
la Universidad de Cádiz convocan, por medio de la Comisión
Organizadora constituida al efecto, el V Congreso Internacional de
la Sociedad, que se celebrará en Cádiz los días 24, 25 y 26 de
octubre de 2012. Los interesados en participar en las sesiones,
pueden consultar en los siguientes enlaces la SEGUNDA CIRCULAR,
con la explicación de las líneas temáticas, la lista de ponentes y
el procedimiento de inscripción para comunicantes:

La propuesta de comunicación deberá remitirse por correo
electrónico a la dirección, antes del día 15
de marzo de 2012, indicando en el asunto CONGRESO DE LA SEESXVIII,
o bien por correo postal a la dirección: Fernando Durán López, 
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Avda. Dr. Gómez Ulla s/n, E-11003
Cádiz (España).

Ruego se difunda esta información entre todos los posibles
interesados y pido disculpas a quien la reciba duplicada.
Fernando Durán López.

Call for Papers for the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
October 25-28, 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio

Conversion in the Early Modern Iberian World It is increasingly evident
that religious identity in the early modern Iberian world was more
labile than previously imagined. This panel would explore the dynamics
of religious conversion within and beyond orthodox Catholicism.
Conversion, therefore, might be examined as an intensification of
religious devotion or as a transformation in religious identity. Papers
might consider such questions as precipitating factors for conversion,
sudden versus prolonged conversions, gender and conversion,
"re-conversion," literary or autobiographical representations of
conversion or converts, family and community reactions to converts, and
the problematics of syncretism.

If you are interested in participating in this panel, please send me a
300-500 word proposal along with an abbreviated C.V. by March 30, 2012.
Alison Weber
Professor of Spanish
University of Virginia ---

CALL FOR PAPERS Granada, May 28-30, 2012 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM Slavery, Mestizaje, and Abolitionism in the Hispanic World: Sociocultural Horizons.
Project I+D “Voices and absences. Black-African Slavery and Abolitionism in Spain,
16th – 19th Centuries”. HAR2010-15970. Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Department of Social Antropology. University of Granada.
This international meeting forms part of a series of events organized by different
scientific and academic institutions on the occasion of the designation by the United
Nations of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent. Also of
interest is the 125th anniversary of Spain’s definitive abolition of slavery in Cuba
(1886). This Symposium aims to bring together leading scholars on the history of
slavery, the process of mestizaje and the abolitionist movements in Spain and the
Americas, drawing attention to new interdisciplinary perspectives and promoting deeper
contextualization, with analysis rooted in scientific, critical and leading-edge
perspectives on the three focal points proposed.
Aurelia Martín Casares. University of Granada.
History and actuality of enslavement in Spain. Keys to reflexionate.
ROUNDTABLE I: The experience of enslavement and survival in emancipation.
Moderator: Rocío Periañez. University of Extremadura.
When a person becomes a slave as a result of war, birth or commerce, his or her life is
marked by this condition until death, or at best, until he or she is emancipated. The
papers presented in this round table should consider the experience of enslaved
individuals, examining their daily lives, work assignments, as well as relationships with
masters, other slaves and the broader society. Taking into account the different way
slaves sought to gain emancipation, presenters could also explore different paths to
freedom, changing strategies for attaining freedom and the way lives beyond
enslavement unfolded.
ROUNDTABLE II: Artistic Imaginary and Visual Representations. Views and
Moderator: Francisco Montes. University of Granada.
Black Africans have been an integral part of depictions of daily life in European and
American cities in a variety of artistic representations from the modern era. As
typically shown in background positions, one can observe the social roles that these
communities played, relegated in these representations to a stock repertory of
“anthropological portraits.” On the other hand, there are occasions when black subjects
gain a central place in such representations: these are associated with slavery, casta
paintings in New Spain, virtues embodied in the case of popular devotion to various
saints, and later, in a supporting role in abolitionist propaganda. This session aims to
scrutinize these modes of representations, from the 16th through the 19th century, by
means of an analysis of the various roles signified and the goals manifested therein.
ROUNDTABLE III: Evangelization, confraternities and religious syncretism.
Moderator: Arturo Morgado. University of Cádiz.
The religious beliefs of the slaves who reached the Hispanic world were extremely
varied, and in the context of Spain’s mono-confessional realms and colonies, it was of
great concern. This situation prompted the Church to undertake a rather superficial
evangelization effort among the slave population with the goal of converting them to
Catholicism. Yet the level of religious instruction given was quite superficial, though
here it helps to recall that the same problem often undermined confessionalization
targeted at Old Christians. Still, a significant proportion of slaves—more black-
Africans than North Africans, it would seem—did undergo baptism, some were
married, and many received Christian burial rites. At the same time, among slaves of
black-African origin, there was significant activity in the area of confraternities, though
this would often need to be interpreted from the vantage point of internal solidarity
rather than religiosity. Such activities, moreover, always took place under the gaze of
the white society, whose attitudes typically ranged from disciplining to scornful.
ROUNDTABLE IV: The Abolitionist movements: protagonists and ideas.
Moderator: Marie Christine Delaigue. University of Granada.
In 1836, slavery was outlawed in Spain’s Iberian lands. Nonetheless, Spain was the last
European nation to abolish slavery in its overseas colonies (Puerto Rico, 1873; Cuba,
1886). The road to abolition was long and crowded with obstacles. This session will
analyze the different facets of this movement in the Hispanic World, as well as the
influence of international abolitionist movements in the appearance of an abolitionist
spirit on the Peninsula and in the colonies. The goal is to come to understand the
protagonists here, the guiding ideas of Hispanic abolitionism, and the role played by the
Spanish Abolitionist Society (Sociedad Abolicionista Española).
ROUNDTABLE V: Representations of slavery, mestizaje and abolitionism in
Hispanic literature.
Moderator: Elizabeth R. Wright. The University of Georgia.
From Lope de Rueda’s street theater in the 16th century to the Afro-antillano poems of
the 20th century, the African diaspora that resulted from the slave trade has left a
profound mark on a variety of literary forms. We propose here to examine how
different genres gave voice and form to the complex issues of race, sexual identity,
subjectivity and justice that resulted from the expansion and eventual abolition of
slavery. Although our focal point will be the Spanish-speaking world, we welcome
presentations that offer a comparative perspective, in light of the fact that slavery and
abolitionism were always transnational phenomena.
ROUNDTABLE VI: Integration, identity and mestizaje in slave populations of Latin
Moderator: Mª Ángeles Gálvez. University of Granada.
The need to construct national Latin American identities, according to certain liberal
notions of modernity and progress, caused the subordination of other forms of identity,
whether ethnicity, regional affiliation or gender. These were thus repressed, excluded
or ignored within the existing power structures. That Latin-American national identities
were constructed in terms of inclusion/exclusion affected the majority of the region’s
diverse and multiethnic population. In the case of slave communities in America, the
question of the different modes of integration formulated to turn slaves into free citizens
bears examination. This is indeed an objective of this roundtable, which will analyze
the modes of communal identity that emerged from among the slave populations of
Spanish America, as well as the ways that mestizaje was configured within in the
African-American communities of slaves.
Remedios Sipi Mayo:
Contemporary Hispano-Africans: Women writers of Guinea.
The participants whom we expect to contribute to the different roundtables include:
Ilona Katzew (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA), Ana María Martínez de
Sánchez (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina) and Herbert Klein (Stanford
University, USA).
The due date for the submission of abstracts is January 10, 2012 (200 words maximum,
title included). Contributions may be presented in Spanish, English or French. Please
direct abstracts to the moderators of the specific roundtable whose topic it addresses. In
February, they, in turn, will notify submitters of whether or not they are accepted in
February. All work presented in the Symposium should be original and never before
published. After the conference has concluded, papers intended for publication should
be submitted using the format stipulated by the organizers. A final selection of papers
for publication will be made by a panel of anonymous referees.
Scientific Coordinator: Prof. Aurelia Martín Casares, Director of Project I+D “Voices
and absences. Black-African Slavery and Abolitionism in Spain, 16th – 19th Centuries”.
Please direct questions or other inquiries to:
Secretary: Prof. Francisco Montes González.
Organizaton: María José Bravo Rodríguez.
R. Alberto Sánchez López.

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