|Cities and Empire in the Early Modern Spanish Habsburg World|
|A conference at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
—organized by Peter Arnade (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa) and Margaret Jacob (UCLA)
|As Richard L. Kagan has argued, the Spanish employed the founding of cities as a tool of imperial legitimacy in ways other emerging colonial powers did not, creating an “empire of cities.” In Europe, established urban centers from Brussels to Naples underwent political change and spatial redesign, often at the expense of older, republican commitments, while a new court capital, Madrid, was dramatically transformed. In the Americas, Mexico City was reshaped out of the violent demise of Tenochtitlan, while Lima was founded as a new viceregal capital and strategic alternative to the old Inca capital of Cuzco.
There has been some recent attention to the general contour of early modern Spanish cities, but none to the comparative issue of the city in the Habsburg world. This conference proposes to do just that, casting the net wide from northern Europe to Italy and the Viceroyalties of Peru and New Spain. Apart from the framework of the Habsburg Empire itself, the common denominator of our interest is the political construction and alteration of urban public space—how old communal spaces were remade into Baroque showcases of monarchical power and how, in overseas territories, urbanism was the cornerstone of monarchical legitimacy. Our end point will be the Baroque city of the seventeenth century and its transformed look, from grand public squares to royal citadels and new fortifications. We will explore the political motives and economic implications of the momentous spatial redesign, with special attention to city fortifications, marketplaces, public squares, royal residences, religious architecture, and pentagonal citadels.
|Registration Deadline: February 22, 2013
Registration Fees: $20 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge*
All students, UC faculty and staff may register via e-mail by sending their name, affiliation and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Students should be prepared to provide their current University ID at the conference.
Complimentary lunch and other refreshments are provided to all registrants.
Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. Confirmation will be sent via email.
|9:30 a.m.||Morning Coffee and Registration|
|10:00 a.m.||Barbara Fuchs, University of California, Los Angeles
Peter Arnade, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Session 1: Urbanism in the Americas
Linda A. Curcio-Nagy, University of Nevada, Reno
Alejandro Cañeque, University of Maryland, College Park
Michael Schreffler, Virginia Commonwealth University
|1:30 p.m.||Session 2: Habsburg Italian Cities
Chair: Anna More, University of California, Los Angeles
Stefano D’Amico, Texas Tech University
John A. Marino, University of California, San Diego
|3:00 p.m.||Coffee Break|
|3:15 p.m.||Session 3: Imperial and Local Spaces
Chair: Charlene Villaseñor Black, University of California, Los Angeles
Alejandra B. Osorio, Wellesley College
The City, the King and Imperial Culture: Lima, Lisbon, Madrid, Naples and Manila
James S. Amelang, Autonomous University of Madrid
Jesús Escobar, Northwestern University
|9:30 a.m.||Coffee and Registration|
|10:00 a.m.||Session 4: The Habsburg North
Chair: Peter Arnade, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Luc Duerloo, University of Antwerp
Martha Pollak, University of Illinois, Chicago
Richard L. Kagan, Johns Hopkins University
|12:30 p.m.||Program concludes|