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New Book: Tiffany, “Velázquez’s Early Paintings and the Culture of 17th-Century Seville”

Tanya J. Tiffany, Diego Velázquez’s Early Paintings and the Culture of Seventeenth-Century Seville (Penn State University Press, 2012).


New Book: Race & Blood in the Iberian World

Race and Blood in the Iberian World (Racism Analysis/Yearbook 3 – 2012), ed. Max S. Hering Torres, María Elena Martínez, and David Nirenberg (Lit Verlag, 2012).


Max S. Hering Torres, María Elena Martínez, David Nirenberg, “Editorial.”

Max S. Hering Torres, “Purity of Blood. Problems of Interpretation.”

María Eugenia Chave, “Race and Caste. Other Words and Other Worlds.”

David Graizbord, “Pauline Christianity and Jewish ‘Race.’ The Case of João Baptista D’Este.”

Karoline P. Cook, “‘Moro de linaje y nación.’ Religious Identity, Race and Status in New Granada.”

Laura A. Lewis, “Between ‘Casta’ and ‘Raza.’ The Example of Colonial Mexico.”

Ângela Barreto Xavier, “Purity of Blood and Caste. Identity Narratives among Early Modern Goan Elites.”

Tamar Herzog, “Beyond Race. Exclusion in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America.”

David Sartorius, “Race in Retrospect. Thinking with History in Nineteenth-century Cuba.”

Thomas C. Holt, “‘Blood Work.’ Fables of Racial Identity and Modern Science.”

Washington Post: Conversos in Colombia Converting to Judaism

The November 24, 2012 Washington Post featured an article about a group of evangelical Protestants in Colombia rediscovering their Jewish heritage and converting.

New Iberian History Series at Penn State U Press

Radio Program: Hablemos de Historia

A note from Vicente Sanz Rozalén:

Dear friends,

Just a short message to let you know about a new initiative that we have started in the History, Political Cultures and Social Movements Research Group of the History Department at Universitat Jaume I (Spain). This is a radio programme entitled ‘Let’s Talk About History’ (Hablemos de Historia).

We will talk about history books with their authors and with the collaboration of other colleagues and students. The aim is to get people interested in the issues and perspectives of history, a place where the past becomes a key tool for understanding the present and to think about – and teach – what our trade as historians is.

While it is conceived as an academic activity as a discussion forum, the programme ‘Let’s Talk About History’ (Hablemos de Historia) has the support of an editorial committee composed of:

Paul Estrade (Université Paris VIII, France), Carolyn Steedman (University of Warwick, United Kingdom), Xosé-Manoel Núñez Seixas (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain/ LMU, Germany), Marcel van der Linden (Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis, Netherlands), Hélène Goujat (Université d’Angers, France), Bryan Palmer (Trent University, Canada), Angel Duarte Montserrat (Universitat de Girona, Spain), Geoff Eley (University of Michigan, USA) and Ricardo Martín de la Guardia (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain).

After being broadcast, each programme will be available as a downloadable podcast from the Hablemos de Historia website, which we will send news about soon. At the moment you can also find the podcasts in the UJI Vox Radio library (Radioteca).

This is simply an invitation to follow us on the last Thursday of every month at 15.00 h (GMT), through UJI Vox Radio (107.8 FM) and online (

We also invite you to send your proposals.

You can access the website and get further information by clicking on:

The next broadcast will be on Thursday, November 29th in which we will talk with Professor Anne-Marie Thiesse (CNRS), about “The Making of National Identities”, with the kind collaboration of Ferran Archiles (University of Valencia) and Dominique Soucy (Université Franche-Comté).

We would be delighted to meet you on the other side of the waves.

Best wishes,

Vicent Sanz Rozalén
Manuel Pérez Lecha
History, Political Cultures and Social Movements
Hablemos de Historia
Universitat Jaume I (Spain)

New Book: Europe and the Islamic World

John Tolan, Henry Laurens, and Gilles Veinstein, Europe and the Islamic World: A History (Princeton, 2012).

New Book: Sluyter, Black Ranching Frontiers

Andrew Sluyter, Black Ranching Frontiers: African Cattle Herders of the Atlantic World, 1500-1900 (Yale, 2012).

NY Times Review: Exhibition, “African Presence in Renaissance Europe”

There is much about Spanish and Portuguese history in Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum’s exhibition, “Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe,” as this review in the New York Times, Nov. 9, 2012, by Holland Cotter, shows.

New Position Omnibus

Here’s a list of people whom I know have new positions:

Erin K. Rowe, now at Johns Hopkins.

Molly A. Warsh, now at Pitt.

Danny Wasserman Soler, now at Oberlin (for a one-year position).

Congratulations to all of them!

And if anyone else has a new job, please let me know.

New Book: O’Banion, Sacrament of Penance

Just out: Patrick O’Banion, The Sacrament of Penance and Religious Life in Golden Age Spain (Penn St. Press, 2012).