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New Book (from 2010): Inventarios de Carlos V

Fernando Checa Cremades, Los inventarios de Carlos V y la familia imperial (Madrid: Fernando Villaverde, 2010).


New Book, May ’12: Lynch, New Worlds

John Lynch, New Worlds: A Religious History of Latin America (Yale University Press, 2012).

Reviews in Social History 37/2 (2012)

Social History 37/2 (2012) features these reviews of interest:

Peter Blanchard reviews Lyman L. Johnson, Workshop of Revolution: Plebeian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776-1810 (Duke, 2011).

Alan Durston reviews Kathryn Burns, Into the Archives: Writing and Power in Colonial Peru (Duke, 2010).

Heather R. Peterson reviews Adam Warren, Medicine and Politics in Colonial Peru: Population Growth and the Bourbon Reforms (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010).

Fastrup on Cervantes’ Barbary Plays in the BSS

The Bulletin of Spanish Studies 89/3 (2012) contains this article: Anne Fastrup, “Cross-cultural Movement in the Name of Honour: Renegades, Honour and State in Miguel de Cervantes’ Barbary Plays.”

Book Chapter: Wolf on Juan de Segovia & Peace

Anne Marie Wolf, “Pleas for Peace, Problems for Historians: A 1455 Letter from Juan de Segovia to Jean Germain on Countering the Threat of Islam,” in Religious Conflict and Accommodation in the Early Modern World, Marguerite Ragnow and William D. Phllips Jr., eds (Center for Early American History, 2011).

CFP: Scholarship in Early Modern Spain at the RSA ’13

Iberian Republics of Letters – CFP: RSA 2013 (San Diego)

Sponsored by Katrina Olds, Renaissance Society of America, Discipline Representative for History

Recent research on the production of knowledge in the Iberian World has illuminated the vitality and variety of learned activity in the early modern period, as well as a cornucopia of sources for the history of scholarly inquiry in Spain, Portugal, and its overseas territories, including, for example, botanical drawings, canonization trials, ecclesiastical histories, hagiographic and liturgical texts, maps and cartographic texts, medical treatises, natural histories, to name a few.  This panel (or series of panels) aims to further this conversation by bringing together scholars in early modern Iberian intellectual history, broadly defined, who will further reflect upon the social, cultural, and political contexts of scholarship from ca. 1550-1650.  For, if it has now become possible to chart several important moments in the history of scholarship in Spain, Portugal, and the ultramar, we would benefit from further scrutiny of the social, political, and religious contours of Iberian learned circles.

While a few exemplary individuals have received extensive treatment, it still remains to be seen how scholars at all levels – from the royal court all the way down to relatively obscure regional antiquarians – were connected to each other, to courtly, ecclesiastical, or other patrons, and to other like-minded individuals abroad.  Several questions might be addressed, including: What is the bigger picture of scholarly activity in Spain, Portugal, and colonial Latin America?  What connections united Iberian scholars with each other, institutions and patrons of learning – such as the royal court, Inquisition, religious orders, the royal court, etc. – and with scholars elsewhere in Europe?  Can we chart learned epistolary networks within and beyond Spain, Portugal, and its overseas Iberian territories?  Aside from the relatively well known university and courtly centers, what were some of the less familiar or peripheral sites of intellectual inquiry and communication?  What role did regional universities, episcopal courts, and smaller religious houses, for example, play in the broader realm of scholarly discourse?  Did scholars at all levels of the social and intellectual hierarchy communicate according to the norms and expectations of a broader Republic of Letters?  Or did intellectual communities, learned societies, and other forms of scholarly-social association take a rather different form in Iberian territories than elsewhere in early modern Europe?  Finally, how were scientific, ecclesiastical, antiquarian, and other forms of scholars and scholarship connected to each other?

Since the topic it itself interdisciplinary, a secondary aim of these panels is to bring a variety of disciplines into conversation with one another.  Thus, submissions are warmly invited from scholars in a range of disciplines and perspectives, including but not limited to the study of the Atlantic World and colonial Latin America; art history; history of the book and reading; the history of science and technology; literature and society; and theology and religious history.

Please forward (1) a 150-word abstract; (2) a brief c.v. (not to exceed 300 words); and (3) relevant keywords to Katrina Olds (History – University of San Francisco) at by June 6, 2012.

Postdoc: Early Modern Jewish History at Penn

The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania announces postdoctoral fellowships for 2013-14. Topic: Social, Cultural, and Religious Change in Early Modern Jewish History. The center invites applications from scholars in the humanities and social sciences at all levels, as well as outstanding graduate students in the final stages of writing their dissertations. Application deadline November 10, 2012. Applications and further information are available at

Application deadline: November 10, 2012

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New in Paper: Soyer, The Persecution of the Jews and Muslims of Portugal

Brill has released a paperback version of François Soyer, The Persecution of the Jews and Muslims of Portugal: King Manuel I and the End of Religious Tolerance (1496-7) (Brill, 2011).

Murphree on Florida and Reviews in the Spring ’12 SCJ

The Sixteenth Century Journal 43/1 (Spring, 2012) has an article and a wealth of reviews for us.

Daniel S. Murphree, “Gendering the Borderlands: Conquistadors, Women, and Colonialism in Sixteenth-Century Florida.”

James S. Amelang reviews Grace Magnier, Pedro de Valencia and the Catholic Apologists for the Expulsion of the Moriscos (Brill, 2010).

Michele L. Clouse reviews Stephanie Fink De Backer, Widowhood in Early Modern Spain: Protectors, Proprietors, and Patrons (Brill, 2010).

Max Harris reviews A New Companion to Hispanic Mysticism, ed. Hilaire Kallendorf, (Brill, 2010).

Elizabeth Rhodes reviews Gwyn Fox, Subtle Subversions: Reading Golden Age Sonnets by Iberian Women (Catholic University Press, 2008).

Alison Weber reviews Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, trans. James H. Montgomery (Hackett, 2009).

Michael J. Levin reviews John A. Marino, Becoming Neapolitan: Citizen Culture in Baroque Naples (Johns Hopkins, 2011).

Donald J. Kagay reviews David Rojinsky, Companion to Empire: A Genealogy of the Written Word in Spain and New Spain, c. 550-1500 (Amsterdam: Rodolphi, 2010).

Tara Ann Sujko reveiws María Y. Caba, Isabel la Católica en la producción teatral español del siglo XVII (Tamesis, 2008).

Adam G. Beaver reviews Alejandro Geraldini, Periplo hasta las regiones ubicadas al sur del equinoccio, ed. and trans. Carmen González Vázquez and Jesús Paniagua Pérez (León: Universidad de León, 2009).

Jason Dyck reviews John Charles, Allies at Odds: The Andean Church and Its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671 (University of New Mexico Press, 2010).

Ignacio Martínez reviews Ida Altman, The War for Mexico’s West: Indians and Spaniards in New Galicia, 1524-1550 (University of New Mexico Press, 2010).

Emily C. Francomano reviews Michael Solomon, Fictions of Well-Being: Sickly Readers and Vernacular Medical Writing in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain (Penn, 2010).

Elizabeth  Rhodes reviews Scott K. Taylor, Honor and Violence in Golden Age Spain (Yale University Press, 2008).

Robert E. Scully, S.J. reviews Henry Kamen, The Escorial: Art and Power in the Renaissance (Yale University Press, 2010).

New in Paper: López Lázaro, “The Misfortunes of Alonso Ramírez”

The University of Texas Press has released a paperback edition of Fabio López Lázaro, The Misfortunes of Alonso Ramírez: The True Adventures of a Spanish American with 17th-Century Pirates (2011).