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New Book: Portugal in the Spanish Monarchy

Pedro Cardim, Leonor Freire Costa y Mafalda Soares da Cunha (eds.), Portugal na Monarquia Hispânica. Dinâmicas de integraçao e conflito (Lisboa, CHAM-Red Columnaria, 2013).

Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 37.1 (2012)

The new issue is out, and here are the relevant articles & reviews:

Aurelia Martín Casares and Luis Méndez Rodríguez, “Negroafricanos, marginación y violencia en el mundo hispano en la Edad Moderna.”

Michele Clouse reviews Erin Kathleen Rowe, Saint and Nation: Santiago, Teresa of Avila, and Plural Identities in Early Modern Spain.

Kris Lane reviews Fabio López Lázaro, The Misfortunes of Alonso Ramírez: The True Adventures of a Spanish American with 17th-Century Pirates.

Eva Mehl reviews Regina Grafe, Distant Tyranny. Markets, Power, and Backwardness in Spain, 1650-1800.

Jack Norton reviews Marie A. Kelleher, The Measure of Woman: Law and Female Identity in the Crown of Aragon.

Allyson Poska reviews François Soyer, Ambiguous Gender in Early Modern Spain and Portugal: Inquisitors, Doctors and the Transgression of Gender Norms.

Sara Granda reviews Richard L. Kagan, Clio & the Crown. The Politics of History in Medieval and Early Modern Spain.

Teofilo Ruiz reviews John H. Elliott, History in the Making.

Scott K. Taylor reviews María M. Carrión, Subject Stages: Marriage, Theatre, and the Law in Early Modern Spain.

James B. Tueller reviews Carlos Gómez-Centurión Jiménez, Alhajas Para Soberanos: Los animales reales en el siglo XVIII: De las leoneras a las mascotas de cámara.

Amanda Wunder reviews Teofilo F. Ruiz, A King Travels: Festive Traditions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain.

David Ortiz reviews Scott Eastman, Preaching Spanish Nationalism Across the Hispanic Atlantic, 1759-1823.

CFP: Sensory Worlds: Iberian Empires and The Other Senses, Bloomingnton IN, Oct 3-5, 2013

Sensory Worlds: Iberian Empires and The Other Senses

Indiana University, Bloomington
October 3rd-5th, 2013

The symposium will explore the ways in which Iberian writers crafted images to describe sensory perceptions of Old and New Worlds, both real and imagined.  While previous research has tended to focus on the visual, invited speakers and panelists are asked to explore the ways in which medieval and early modern texts produced, activated, and continue to indulge the other senses—from the standpoint of philosophical and aesthetic insights, as well as modern approaches to cognition.

The sensual realm is crucial to understanding the cultural encounters that inspired Iberian authors and thinkers from these periods: from the influential theory of the senses pioneered by the Cordoban philosopher Averroes, to the fearsome sound of Moorish drums pounding in the ears of the Cid, to the confluence of textual and plastic art forms that surrounded the Hapsburg dynasty and characterized Golden Age theatre, and the exotic sights and fragrances that confronted travelers and captives like Columbus and Cervantes on their ventures across the Atlantic and throughout the Mediterranean. Early modern novelists evoked new tastes imported from Asia and the West Indies, and catalogued increasingly urban sound- and smellscapes.  They described the effluvial pungency of bustling ports and city centers of empire, the odors of tobacco smoke and flayed animal skins, and the booming explosion of siege cannon, while poetically interiorizing the sensorial plane and forging synesthetic gateways to transcendence and the ineffable. Discourses of sacramental and purportedly miraculous seeing, hearing, tasting, and touching were at the same time central to the effort of affirming the faith and converting religious minorities and indigenous peoples on the Peninsula and in the Americas.  The senses were no less instrumental in the confessional coercion and tortuous scrutinies that characterized the Inquisition.  This will be a highly productive opportunity to dialogue and collaborate with dynamic colleagues and researchers working in cross-disciplinary areas in the fields of Iberian literature and culture.

Keynote speakers: Josiah Blackmore (University of Toronto), Enrique García Santo-Tomás  (University of Michigan) and Lisa Voigt (Ohio State University).

Please send one-page abstract and two-page CV to<> by March 31, 2013.
Inquiries to Ryan Giles (<>) or Steven Wagschal (<>).
Notifications will be sent out by April 8th, 2013.

CFP: Sacred Objects and Religious Spaces in Ibero-America

CfP: “Relics, altars and other sacred things in the juridical construction of religious spaces in Ibero-America (XV-XVII centuries)”. Coloquio Internacional Colonial (Mis)understandings. Portugal and Europe in Global Perspective, 1450-1900 (Lisboa 17-20 de julio de 2013)
Estimados colegas:

tenemos el agrado de comunicarles que estamos organizando el panel “Relics, altars and other sacred things in the juridical construction of religious spaces in Ibero-America (XV-XVII centuries)” (Panel n° 21). Se realizará en el marco del Coloquio Internacional Colonial (Mis)understandings. Portugal and Europe in Global Perspective, 1450-1900, que se celebrará en Lisboa del 17 al 20 de julio del presente año. Pueden encontrar una descripción detallada de nuestra propuesta en la siguiente página:

El Call for Papers se encuentra abierto hasta el 8 de febrero y la información necesaria para la presentación de propuestas está disponible en la página: El resultado de la selección de los ponentes se comunicará a finales de febrero.

El coloquio está organizado por el Centro de Historia de Além-Mar (CHAM), una unidad de investigación financiada por la Fundacão para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Las comunicaciones se realizarán en inglés que será el idioma oficial del evento. Los gastos de viaje y estadía, así como la organización diaria de la estancia (hotel, comidas, transportes), correrán a cargo de cada participante.

Les rogamos difundir esta propuesta entre aquellas personas que puedan estar interesadas. Ante cualquier consulta pueden escribirnos a:

Saludos cordiales,

Benedetta Albani, Otto Danwerth y Osvaldo R. Moutin

Dr. Benedetta Albani
Wissenschaftliche Referentin
Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte
Hausener Weg 120
60489 Frankfurt am Main
Telefon: +49 (0)69/78978-158
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New Book Roundup: Winter 2013

Shuger, Dale, Don Quixote in the Archives: Madness and Literature in Early Modern Spain (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

Lisa A. Banner, with contributions by Jonathan Brown, Robert S. Lubar, and Pierre Rosenberg, Spanish Drawing in the Princeton University Art Museum (Yale, 2013).

Painting a Map of Sixteenth-Century Mexico City, ed. Mary E. Miller and Barbara E. Mundy (Yale, 2013).

New in paper: David Coleman, Creating Christian Granada: Society and Religious Culture in an Old-World Frontier City, 1492–1600 (Cornell, 2003).

2 New Volumes from las actas de la XII Reunión Científica celebrada en Universidad de León, 2012

Two new essay collections – two parts of the same publication, it seems:


Edición: María José Pérez Álvarez & Alfredo Martín García.

Publicación y distribución a los benefactores de Fundación Española de Historia Moderna, de las actas de la XII Reunión Científica celebrada en Universidad de León, 2012. María José Pérez Álvarez, Laureano M. Rubio Pérez, Alfredo Martín García (eds.); Francisco Fernández Izquierdo (col.): Campo y campesinos en la España Moderna. Culturas políticas en el mundo hispano. León: Fundación Española de Historia Moderna, 2012

Reviews in the Fall ’12 SCJ – Updated!*

The Sixteenth Century Journal 43 (Fall 2012) has the following reviews:

*(Now including a couple that I missed when I originally posted this.)

Wendy J. Turner reviews Gunnar W. Knutsen, Servants of Satan and Masters of Demons: The Spanish Inquisition’s Trials for Superstition: Valencia and Barcelona, 1478-1700 (Brepols, 2009).

Donald J. Kagay reviews Noel Fallows, Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia (Boydell & Brewer, 2010).

Anna Reid reviews Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo, Sumario de la Natural Historia de las Indias, ed. Álvaro Baraibar (Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2010).

Samuel A. Claussen reviews Martha K. Hoffman, Raised to Rule: Educating Royalty at the Court of the Spanish Habsburgs, 1601-1634 (LSU Press, 2011).

Aurelio Espinosa reviews Stafford Poole, Pedro Moya de Contreras: Catholic Reform and Royal Power in New Spain, 1571-1591, 2nd ed. (University of Oklahoma Press, 2011).

Linde M. Brocato reviews The Origins of Modern Welfare: Juan Luis Vives, De subventione pauperum, and City of Ypres, Forma subventionis pauperum, ed. Paul Spicker (Peter Lang, 2010).

Roger Louis Martínez Dávila reviews Howard J. Erlichman, Conquest, Tribute, and Trade: The Quest for Precious Metals and the Birth of Globalization (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2010).

Jessica A. Boon reviews Terence O’Reilly, The Bible in the Literary Imagination of the Spanish Golden Age: Images and Texts from Columbus to Velázquez (Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2010).

Michael Vargas reviews Gaspar de Villagrá, Historia de la nueva Mexico, ed. Manuel M. Martín Rodríguez (Madrid: Instituto Franklin, 2010).

Faith S. Harden reviews An Early Modern Dialogue with Islam: Antonio de Sosa’s Topography of Algiers (1612), ed. María Antonia Garcés, trans. Diana de Armas Wilson (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011).

Lesley J. Pattinson reviews Cécile Cassy-Vincent, Les Saintes Vierges et Martyres dans L’Espagne du XVII siècle: Culte et Image (Madrid: Casa de Velasquez, 2011).

Brian Moots reviews Bertrand Haan, L’amitié entre princes: Une alliance franco-espagnole au temps des guerres de Religion (1560-1570) (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2011).

Lawrence E. Frizzell reviews Maria Ana Travassos Valdez, Historical Interpretations of the “Fifth Empire”: The Dynamics of Periodization from Daniel to Antonio Vieiera, SJ (Brill, 2011).