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Premio del Rey 2013: Marie Kelleher, The Measure of Woman

Congratulations to Marie Kelleher! She has won the Premio del Rey, to be awarded at the AHA conference in New Orleans this January, for her book, The Measure of Woman: Law and Female Identity in the Crown of Aragon (Penn, 2010). The AHA awards for 2012 were just announced this week.


New Book: A Linking of Heaven and Earth

Just out, in conjunction with the panels in honor of Carlos Eire at last weekend’s SCSC: A Linking of Heaven and Earth: Studies in Religious and Cultural History in Honor of Carlos M.N. Eire, ed. Emily Michelson, Scott K. Taylor, and Mary Noll Venables (Ashgate, 2012).

Essays in the book of interest to us (although they are all great!) include:

Emily Michelson, Scott K. Taylor, and Mary Noll Venables, “Introduction.”

Alison Weber, “‘When Heaven hovered close to Earth’: images and miracles in early modern Spain.”

Jodi Bilinkoff, “Teresa of Avila: woman with a mission.”

William A. Christian, Jr., “Pueblo to Señor: intercession in 16th-century Spain.”

Martin Nesvig, “Peyote, ever virgin: a case of religious hybridism in Mexico.”

Scott K. Taylor, “‘A miserable captivity’ or ‘happily redeemed from captivity to liberty’: tobacco addiction and early modern bodies and minds.”

Ronald K. Rittgers, “‘He flew’: a concluding reflection on the place of eternity and the supernatural in the scholarship of Carlos M.N. Eire.”

A Linking of Heaven and Earth

Studies in Religious and Cultural History in Honor of Carlos M.N. Eire

A Linking of Heaven and Earth

New Book: Ingram, Conversos & Moriscos Vol II

The Conversos and Moriscos in Late Medieval Spain and Beyond: Vol II: The Morisco Issue, ed. Kevin Ingram (Brill, 2012).

Introduction to this Volume
Kevin Ingram

Chapter One. “The Jews and Conversos in Medieval Segovia”
Bonifacio Bartolomé Herrero

Chapter Two. “The Canary Moriscos: A Different Reality”
Luis Alberto Anaya Hernández

Chapter Three. “Inquisitorial Activity and the Moriscos of Villarrubia de los Ojos during the Sixteenth Century ”
Trevor J. Dadson

Chapter Four. “The Morisco Problem and Seville (1480-1610)”
Manuel F. Fernández Chaves and Rafael M. Pérez Garcia

Chapter Five. “Violence and Religious Identity in Early Modern Valencia”
Benjamin Ehlers

Chapter Six. “On Morisco Networks and Collectives”
Luis F. Bernabé Pons

Chapter Seven. “An Extensive Network of Morisco Merchants Active Circa 1590”
William Childers

Chapter Eight.” Morisco Stories and the Complexities of Resistance and Assimilation”
Mary Elizabeth Perry

Chapter Nine. “The Morisco Problem in its Mediterranean Dimension: Exile in Cervantes’ Persiles
Steven Hutchinson

Chapter Ten. “Blindness and Anti-Semitism in Lope’s El niño inocente de la Guardia
Barbara F. Weissberger

Chapter Eleven. “Political Aspects of the Converso Problem: on the Portuguese Restauraçao of 1640”
Juan Ignacio Pulido Serrano

Chapter Twelve. “Nowhere to Run: The Extradition of Conversos between the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries”
François Soyer

Sixteenth Century Conference 2012 Cincinnati

We here at Early Modern Spanish History Notes scrutinize the Sixteenth Century Conference program so you don’t have to. Here are the panels of interest to us (some panels are abbreviated so as to save space).

Thurs 1:30-3:30
1. The Jesuits & Gender I
Continental Ballroom
Organizer: Robert A. Maryks, Bronx CC (CUNY)
Sponsor: Journal of Jesuit Interdisciplinary Studies
Chair: Thomas M. McCoog, S.J., Fordham University
Women Martyrs of the Jesuit Japan Mission
Haruko Nawata Ward, Columbia Theological Seminary
Martín de Roa, S.J. and the Degrees and Offices of Catholic Women in his Vida de Doña Ana Ponce de León (1604, 1615)
Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Boston University
The Gender of Obedience: Spiritual Consolation in the 16th and 17th centuries
J. Michelle Molina,Northwestern University

Thurs 1:30-3:30
8. By Land and by Sea in the Early Modern World
Salon E
Organizer: Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University
Chair: Rachael I. Ball, University of Alaska at Anchorage
The Politics of Environmental Conservation in a Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean Port: A 1553 Proposal to Preserve Málaga’s Montes
David Coleman, Eastern Kentucky University and Harley Davidson, University of Kansas
Tratado verdadero del viaje y navegación: A Sermonic Account of Transatlantic Voyage
Claudia Cornejo Happel, The Ohio State University
The Spanish Galleon and the Origins of the Baroque: Iberian Nautical Design in Transatlantic Perspective
David Underwood, University of South Florida

Thurs 1:30-3:30
13. Cultural Conceptions and Moral Landscapes in the Early Modern World
Salon H
Organizer: Sigrun Haude, University of Cincinnati
Chair: Gerhild S. Williams, Washington University
Matters of State and the Complicated Moral Geography of Tridentine Prelates, From the Madrid Court to the New Kingdom of Granada
Max Deardorff, University of Notre Dame

Thurs 3:30-5:00
22. Close Encounters: International Travel and Artistic Production in the Early Modern Period
Caprice 1&4
Organizer: Erin E. Benay, SUNY, Oswego
Chair: James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
Reconsidering Chiaroscurism in New Spanish Painting
Lisandra Estevez, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Thurs 3:30-5:00
29. Early Modern Approaches to Religious Minorities
Salon G
Organizer: Sigrun Haude, University of Cincinnati
Chair: Kelly Smith, University of Cincinnati
How to Address Arguments from Reason: A Theologian’s “Manual” from Seventeenth-Century Lisbon
Miriam Bodian, University of Texas at Austin

Fri 8:30-10:00
37. Global Missions and Local Circumstances: Jesuit Strategies Compared I
Continental Ballroom
Organizer: Bronwen C. McShea, Leibniz Institute of European History
Sponsor: Society for Reformation Research
Chair and Comment: Markus Friedrich, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Moriscos, Jesuits, and the Prohibition of Arabic in 16th-Century Spain
Daniel Wasserman-Soler, Oberlin College

Fri 8:30-10:00
41. Convent Studies: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Hall of Mirrors Ballroom
Organizer: Renee Baernstein, Miami University
Sponsor: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
Chair and Comment: Susan E. Dinan, William Patterson University
Convents in the Iberian World: Lessons in Cross-Pollination
Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University

Fri 10:30-noon
55. Global Missions and Local Circumstances: Jesuit Strategies Compared II
Continental Ballroom
Organizer and Chair: Robert A. Maryks, Bronx CC (CUNY)
Sponsor: Society for Reformation Research
The Development of José de Anchieta’s Missionary Project in Colonial Brazil
Anne McGinness, University of Notre Dame
A Precedent for Reductions: A Methodological Connection between the Jesuit Missions in Japan and Paraguay
Takao Abé, Yamagata-Prefectural College of Yonezawa
Converting Muslims: Jesuit Missionary Strategies in 17th-Century Spain
Emanuele Colombo, De Paul University
Propagating the Gospel According to António Vieira, S.J.
María Ana T. Valdez, Yale University

Fri 10:30-noon
61. Dynamics of Reformed and Dominican Dialogue I
Caprice 2
Organizer: Jordan Ballor, University of Zurich
Chair: Richard A. Muller, Calvin Theological Seminary
Domingo Banez on Free Choice as a Vital Act and the Nature of Physical Premotion
Robert Matava, Christendom College

Fri 10:30-noon
70. Christian-Jewish Confrontation II
Organizer and Chair: David Price, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Beyond Tortosa: Christianity in the Thought of Joseph Albo
Dov Weiss, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fri 1:30-3:00
74. Roundtable: Approaches to the Study of Spirituality during the Reformation: A Roundtable in Honor of Carlos M. N. Eire
Pavillion Ballroom
Organizer: Scott K. Taylor, University of Kentucky
Sponsors: University of St. Andrews Reformation Studies Institute and the Society for Reformation Research
Chair: Craig Harline, Brigham Young University
Alison Weber, University of Virginia
Jodi Bilinkoff, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
H. C. Erik Midelfort, University of Virginia
Bruce Gordon, Yale University

Fri 1:30-3:00
75. Imperfect Unions: Mistresses, Love Magic, and Irregular Marriage in Early Modern Europe
Hall of Mirrors Ballroom
Organizer: Jane K. Wickersham, University of Oklahoma
Chair: Jennifer Cavalli, Indiana University
Comment: Erica Bastress-Dukehart, Skidmore College
Complicated Families: Mistresses, Illegitimate Children, and the Patriarchy in Sixteenth-Century Spain
Grace Coolidge, Grand Valley State University

Fri 1:30-3:00
83. Historical Memory Then and Now
Salon F
Organizer: Sigrun Haude, University of Cincinnati
Chair: Joel F. Harrington, Vanderbilt University
Recreating an Archive in Books: The Lisbon Leitura Nova, 1504–1552, in the Context of European Chancelleries and Their Practices
Randolph Head, University of California, Riverside

Fri 1:30-3:00
85. Female Literacy in the Early Modern World
Salon H
Organizer and Chair: Jennifer E. Barlow, University of Virginia
Against Spindles and Pin Cushions: Female Literacy in Early Modern Spain
Sarah Bogard, University of Virginia

Fri 1:30-3:00
89. Of Cartographers and Proselytes: Jesuit Rhetoric, Contested Boundaries and the New World
Organizer: Robert J. Hudson, Brigham Young University
The Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis and Franco-Spanish Rivalry in Florida: A Cartographic Conundrum
Scott Juall, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Fri 3:30-5:00
92. Roundtable: Metaphysical Boundaries and Lived Theology, or, Advising Outside of One’s Own Field: A Roundtable in Honor of Carlos M. N. Eire
Organizer and Chair: Mary C. N. Venables, Independent Scholar
Sponsor: University of St Andrews Reformation Studies Institute
Ping-Yuan Wang, Ohio University, Lancaster
Darren Provost, Trinity Western University
Martin Nesvig, University of Miami
David D’Andrea, Oklahoma State University
Bronwen C. McShea, Leibniz Institute of European History

Fri 3:30-5:00
93. New Perspectives on Women’s Thought and Experiences
Hall of Mirrors Ballroom
Organizer: Sigrun Haude, University of Cincinnati
Chair: Hilda Smith, University of Cincinnati
Doña Luz de Zambrana (d. 1609), Women’s Experiences, and the Periodization of World History
J. B. Owens, Idaho State University

Fri 3:30-5:00
94. Art Theory in Spain
Caprice 1&4
Organizer: James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
Chair: Emily Engel, Indiana University
An Iberian Dialogue: A Comparison between the Treatises by Francisco de Holanda and Felipe de Guevara
Maria Gertruda Van Wamel, Independent Scholar
Epistemologies of the Grotesque in Early Modern Spain
Alejandra Gimenez-Berger, Wittenberg University
Applied Science and Art Theory in Sixteenth-Century Spain: Juan Arfe de Villafañe’s Varia Commensuración para la Escultura y Architectura (Seville, 1585)
Bjorn Skaarup, Columbia University

Fri 3:30-5:00
96. Judges, Laypeople, Authorities: Making Sense of Inquisition and Consistory Discipline in the Early Modern World
Salon C
Organizer and Chair: Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, University of Kentucky
Judges and Shepherds: The People who Prosecuted Sin and Heresy in Catholic Inquisitions
Kimberly Lynn, Western Washington University
Good Neighbourhood and the Calvinist Judiciary
Margo Todd, University of Pennsylvania
A Database of the Activities of the Goan Inquisitorial Tribunal: The João Delgado Figueira reportorio (1561–1623)
Bruno Feitler, Universidade Federal de São Paulo

Fri 3:30-5:00
98. All the News that Fit to Move: Information Flows in the Early Modern Mediterranean
Salon E
Organizer: Daniel Hershenzon, European University Institute
Chair: Eric Dursteler, Brigham Young University
Where Are Your Papers? Documenting Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean
Molly Greene, Princeton university
Did You Hear? Rumormongering Slaves in the Western Mediterranean
Gillian Weiss, Case Western Reserve University
Complain and Threaten: Captivity and Religious Violence in the 17th-Century Mediterranean
Daniel Hershenzon, European University Institute

Fri 3:30-5:00
100. Of Animals, Humans, and Demons: From Humanist Discourses to Legal Prosecution
Caprice 2
Organizer and Chair: Sigrun Haude, University of Cincinnati
Healing and the Inquisition in Sixteenth-Century Spain
Bradley Mollmann, Tulane University

Sat 8:30-10:00
111. Assimilation, Conversion, or Confessionalization? Judeo-Christians in the Early Modern Iberian World
Hall of Mirrors Ballroom
Organizer and Comment: Alison P. Weber, University of Virginia
Sponsor: Society for Reformation Research
Chair: Craig Harline, Brigham Young University
The Process of Assimilation: New Christians in Portugal 1497–1536
Susannah C. Ferreira, University of Guelph, Canada
“Malsines” and “Catholic Jews”: Confessionalization and Conversion in the Iberian Diaspora in Northern Europe
Gayle K. Brunelle, California State University, Fullerton and Charles Carrillo, Azusa Pacific University
“Baptized Jews” in Early Modern Iberia: Not What/Who You Are Thinking
David Graizbord, University of Arizona

Sat 8:30-10:00
114. The China Friars: Non-Jesuit Spanish Missionaries in 16th and 17th Century Missions to China
Caprice 2
Organizer: Dolors Folch, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Chair: Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
The Books of Martin de Rada: The Intellectual Background of the First Augustinian Mission to China
Dolors Folch, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
The Fight for China: The Intellectual Background of the Controversial Navarrete
Anna Busquets, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
The Dominican Juan Cobo and His Book Shilu
Jose Cervera, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City

Sat 8:30-10:00
122. Gender and Discipline in Confessional Europe: Inquisitions and Consistories
Salon I
Organizers: Charles Parker, St. Louis University and Gretchen Starr-Lebeau, University of Kentucky
Chair: Charles Parker, St. Louis University
Gender on Trial: Attitudes about Femininity and Masculinity: The Inquisition
Allyson Poska, University of Mary Washington
Attitudes toward Femininity and Masculinity: Evidence from the Consistories
Jeffrey Watt, University of Mississippi
Venetian and Iberian Judaizing Women before the Inquisition
Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, University of Kentucky

Sat 10:30-noon
140. Images in Conflict in the Spanish World
Salon M
Organizer: Luis R. Corteguera, University of Kansas
Chair and Comment: Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University
Between Iconophobia and Icono-enthusiasm: The Inquisitors’ Dilemma
Alison Weber, University of Virginia
The Desecrated Image and Its Miraculous Substitutes
Pereda Felipe, Johns Hopkins University
The Abuse of Images: Dogma versus Practice in the Early Modern Spanish World
Luis Corteguera, University of Kansas

Sat 1:30-3:00
144. The Knowledge, Practice, and Popularization of Medicine
Pavillion Ballroom
Organizer: Sigrun Haude, University of Cincinnati
Chair: Marjorie E. Plummer, Western Kentucky University
Popularization by Word of Mouth: The Oral Transmission of Medical Knowledge in 16th–Century Physicians’ Practice
Michael Stolberg, University of Würzburg
Medical Treatment and Training in the Early Modern Spanish Hospital
Michele Clouse, Ohio University
“Imitation, the Sincerest Form of Flattery”: Plagiarism or a Second Source? Unravelling the Tale of Two Major Medical Accounts in Early Modern Spain
L. J. Andrew Villalon, University of Texas at Austin

Sat 1:30-3:00
146. Architectural Types in France and Spain
Caprice 1&4
Organizer: James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
Chair: Felicity Ratté, Marlboro College
Chains and Shackles: Incarceration and the Building of Prisons in Sixteenth-Century Spain
Luis Gordo-Pelaez, University of Texas at Austin

Sat 1:30-3:00
155. The Arts as Tools of Political Promotion, Acculturation, and Patriotism
Salon H
Organizer: Sigrun Haude, University of Cincinnati
Chair: Richard E. Schade, University of Cincinnati
Charles V’s Capilla Flamenca and the Art of Political Promotion
Mary Ferer, West Virginia University
Fighting Together in Time: The Uses of Dance Drama in Iberian Imperial Expansion
Adam Knobler, The College of New Jersey
The Fruitbearing Society as a Force for German Patriotism in the mid 17th Century
Tryntje Helfferich, The Ohio State University, Lima

Sat 3:30-5:00
162. Ecclesiastical Discipline after 1650: Inquisitions and Consistories across the Early Modern World
Pavillion Ballroom
Organizer and Chair: Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, University of Kentucky
The End Game: Inquisition Decline Over the Long Eighteenth Century
James Wadsworth, Stonehill College

Sat 3:30-5:00
165. The Use and Abuse of Sacred Space II: Function and Transformation
Caprice 3
Organizer: Jennifer M. DeSilva, Ball State University
Chair: Eric Nelson, Missouri State University
“There’s a Lady Who’s Sure”: The Veneration of Nature in Marian Shrines in Catalonia
Abel Alves, Ball State University

Sat 3:30-5:00
172. Letters and Biographies of Religious Women in Early Modern Spain
Salon G
Organizer: Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University
Chair: Stacey E. Triplette, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Maria de San Jose from the Portuguese Perspective
Barbara Mujica, Georgetown University
Affected Devotion: Feminine Clientage and Female Bodies in the letters of Saint Teresa of Ávila to Doña Luisa de la Cerda
Jennifer Barlow, University of Virginia
Collective Authorship and Spiritual Biography in Early Modern Spain
Darcy Donahue, Miami University

Sat 3:30-5:00
175. Portraits across Borders
Salon M
Organizer and Chair: James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
Replication, Repetition, and Royal Portraiture in Sixteenth-Century Spain
Emily Engel, Indiana University
The Netherlandish Burgher Portrait by Anthonis Mor van Dashorst and Spanish Sources
Maria Gertruda Van Wamel, Independent Scholar

Sat 5:30–6:30
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Plenary
Salon I
Towards a History of Gender Violence: Methodologies and Challenges
Lisa Vollendorf, San José State University

Sun 8:30-10:00
182. Literature, Theater, and Music in Golden Age Spain
Caprice 2
Organizer: Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University
Chair: Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, University of Kentucky
Family and Imperial Sovereignty in María de Zayas’s “Estragos que causa el vicio”
Kurt Hofer, Tulane University
Wine, Water, and Aloja: Consuming Interests in the Theater During the Reign of Philip IV
Rachael Ball, University of Alaska Anchorage

Sun 8:30-10:00
190. Conversion and the Question of Identity in Early Modern Europe
Salon M
Organizer: Sigrun Haude, University of Cincinnati
Chair: Peter G. Wallace, Hartwick College
Defending the Honor of Catalina de Salazar: Interdisciplinary Solutions to Sixteenth-Century Questions of Identity and Reputation
George Ryskamp, Brigham Young University
The Role of Conversion in the Religious Outlook of Former Conversos in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam
Anne Albert, Bryn Mawr College
Hell’s Kitchen: Food, Ritual, and Inquisition in Sixteenth-Century Spain
Matthew Kocsan, Tulane University

Sun 8:30-10:00
192. Writing and Recording the Iberian Atlantic
Organizer and Chair: Randolph C. Head, University of California, Riverside
How to Imagine Sixteenth-Century Iberia from the Margins: Glossed Fragments from the Archival Record
Maher Memarzadeh, Independent Scholar
A Portuguese Man of Letters “Reads” the Amerindians’ Lack of Letters
Sergio Alcides, UFMG
From Eloquent Rule to the Concept of Just War: Fernão de Oliveira’s Da Gramática da Linguagem (1536) and the Arte da Guerra do Mar (1555)
Luciana Villas Bóas, UFRJ

Sun 10:30-noon
199. Thinking About the Other and the Empire in the Early Modern Hispanic World
Salon D
Organizer: Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University
Chair: David Coleman, Eastern Kentucky University
Seeking Allah in Christian Iberia: Devotion and Religious Hybridity in the Sumario and the Tratado of Mancebo de Arévalo
Jason Busic, Denison University
Colonial Ethnographies and Legal Imagination: Representations of the Amerindians Laws in the Andes, 1551–1571
Renzo Honores, High Point University
La caída de Granada y la pérdida del Islam: El testimonio morisco del Mancebo de Arévalo
Lisette Balabarca, Siena College

Summer ’12 RQ: Reviews

Helen Hills reviews John Marino, Becoming Neapolitan: Citizen Culture in Baroque Naples (Johns Hopkins, 2011).

Emily S. Beck reviews Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World, ed. Anne J. Cruz and Rosalie Hernández (Ashgate, 2011).

Grace E. Coolidge reviews Yuen-Gen Liang, Family and Empire: The Fernández de Córdoba and the Spanish Realm (Penn, 2011).

A. Katie Harris reviews Mercedes García-Arenal and Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, Un oriente Español: Los moriscos y el Sacromonte en tiempos de Contrarreforma (Madid: Marcel Pons Historia, 2010).

David A. Boruchoff reviews Frederick A. de Armas, Don Quixote Among the Saracens: A Clash of Civilizations and Literary Genres (U Toronto P, 2011).

Craig A. Monson reviews Anne Jacobson Schutte, By Force and Fear: Taking and Breaking Monastic Vows in Early Modern Europe (Cornell, 2011).

New Book: Phipps, Cochineal Red

New Book: Elena Phipps, Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color (Yale, 2012).

CFP: “Teaching to Hate in Early Modern Europe,” Sept. 13, 2013, London – Update!

Update: the date has been changed from Sept 6 to Sept 13, 2013.

Teaching to Hate in Early Modern Europe: The Propagation of Hatred through Vernacular Print, 1450-1800.

Call for Papers

Friday 13 September 2013
Queen Mary, University of London (United Kingdom)

International One-day Conference
A Joint Collaboration between the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and Queen Mary, University of London

The invention of the printing press in the middle of the fifteenth century revolutionised the production and dissemination of ideas across Europe. Previously limited to handfuls of manuscripts copies, books and pamphlets could now be produced in hundreds and thousands of copies. Moreover, the development of vernacular literacy amongst the laity between 1450 and 1800 meant that there was a new and expanding readership. The impact of typographical printing on the social, religious and intellectual development of Europe – and more particularly its role in the Enlightenment – has been widely acknowledged by historians and even by contemporary observers. As early as the early seventeenth century, the English statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon could write that typographical printing, alongside gunpowder and the compass had “changed the whole face and state of things throughout the world”.

A far less studied aspect of the printing revolution in early modern Europe has been the appearance of “hate literature” printed vernacular languages that aimed at reaching new audiences and spreading fear and hatred against religious, sexual and ethnic dissenters. Medieval treatises and polemics had been written in Latin by churchmen and with a readership limited to fellow churchmen. With the invention of the printing press, however, an ever growing number of polemical works were written and published in the vernacular and aimed at a new kind of reader: the increasingly literate laymen of Europe’s burgeoning towns. These works, which would today be categorised as “hate literature”, deliberately sought to instigate or sustain moral panics directed against marginal groups: Jews, Muslims, different Christian denominations, alleged witches and homosexuals. Martin Luther’s notorious antisemitic treatise Von den Jüden und jren Lügen is probably the most famous example of this literature but there existed a great number of others workes across Europe. Examples include works such as the Centinela contra judios of Friar Francisco de Torrejoncillo (first published in 1674, with at least twelve editions) or Manuel Sanz’s Tratado breve contra la secta mahometana (1603) in Spain and Henry Holland’s A Treatise against Witchcraft (1590) or Andrew Marvell’s An Account of the growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government (1677) in England.

This one-day conference seeks to gather scholars whose research is on countries and kingdoms from across early modern Europe to examine the following questions: How important was vernacular “hate literature” in early modern Europe? How did authors seek to inspire hatred and fear amongst a lay audience with a limited education? How much did such
works owe to medieval polemics? Why were certain groups specifically targeted? Are there similarities between “hate literature” produced in different regions? Who read such works and why?

Papers can relate to any of the following topics:

Methods of demonization of different ethnic and religious groups.
The use of conspiracy theories.
The use of printed sermons to incite hatred of particular groups.
Comparative approaches.
The contextualisation of early modern “hate literature.”
The evolution of “hate literature” and rhetoric.
The use of emotional language, themes and images.
The readership and reception of ”hate” literature.
The social and intellectual impact of early modern “hate literature”.

The proceeding of the conference will be published as a peer-reviewed edited volume.

Postgraduate travel bursaries will be available.

Enquiries and abstracts (250 words) should be emailed before 30 January 2013 to Dr Francois Soyer (