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Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies: Special Issue for Cadiz Bicentennial

Most of you will know this already, but for the record:

The Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies announces the publication of a special issue to mark the 2012 Bicentennial of the Constitution of Cadiz, issue 37:2, guest edited by Christopher Schmidt-Nowara of Tufts University.

The issue includes the following articles:

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University, “Introduction: Global Horizons and Local Interests in the Era of the Constitution of Cadiz”

Rafael Marquese and Tâmis Parron, Universidade de São Paulo, “Constitucionalismo atlântico e ideologia da escravidão: a experiência de Cádis em perspectiva comparada”

Joselyn M. Almeida, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Joseph (José) Blanco White’s Bosquexo del comercio en esclavos: British Abolition, Translation, and the Cosmopolitan Imagination”

Charles Nicholas Saenz, Adams State University, “Slaves to Tyrants: Social Ordering, Nationhood, and the Spanish Constitution of 1812”

Claudia Guarisco, El Colegio Mexiquense A. C., “The 1812 Constitution and the Indians of Nueva España and Perú”

Gabriel Paquette, Johns Hopkins University, “In the Shadow of Cadiz? Exogenous and Endogenous Factors in the Development of Portuguese Constitutionalism, c. 1780-1825”

John Davis, University of Connecticut, “The Spanish Constitution of 1812 and the Mediterranean Revolutions (1820-5)”

The issue can be found at:


O’Banion on the Cruzada Indulgence in SCJ Spring ’13 (Plus Reviews)

Sixteenth Century Journal 44 (Spring, 2013):

Patrick J. O’Banion, “The Crusading State: The Expedition for the Cruzada Indulgence from Trent to Lepanto.”

Linde M. Brocato reviews Grace E. Coolidge, Guardianship, Gender, and the Nobility in Early Modern Spain (Ashgate, 2011).

Hilaire Kallendorf reviews Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World, Anne J. Cruz and Rosalie Hernández, eds (Ashgate, 2011)

Salvador Ryan reviews Thomas M. McCoog, SJ., The Society of Jesus in Ireland, Scotland and England, 1589-1597: Building the Faith of St. Peter upon the King of Spain’s Monarchy (Ashgate &  Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 2012).

Hilaire Kallendorf reviews Laura R. Bass, The Drama of the Portrait: Theater and Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain (Penn State University Press, 2008).

Michael Crawford reviews Alexandra Parma Cook and Noble David Cook, The Plague Files: Crisis Management in Sixteenth Century Castile (LSU Press, 2009).

William S. Goldman reviews Yuen-Gen Liang, Family and Empire: The Fernández de Córdoba and the Spanish Realm (Penn, 2011).

Frank A. Domínguez reviews Michele L. Clouse, Medicine, Government and Public Health in Philip II’s Spain: Shared Interests, Competing Authorities (Ashgate, 2011).

CFP: “A Changing Book Market? Spain & Portugal, 1601-1650,” University College Dublin, June 5-6, 2014

A Changing Book Market? Spain and Portugal, 1601-1650
Centre for the History of the Media,
University College Dublin,
5-6 June 2014

The marketplace for print in Spain, Portugal and the New World witnessed many pro-found transformations in the first half of the seventeenth century. Overall, there was a dramatic increase in the output of the presses, while patterns of production shifted significantly from what had been set in the preceding century. The period witnessed the growth of an increasingly vibrant news culture. Appetites for recreational reading also began to change, seen not least in the number of printed plays available for purchase. Though attracting far less scholarly attention, perhaps the most noteworthy development of all was the maturing use of the press to service government and the legal profession. This conference will focus broadly on the industry and culture of print, and ask just how the Iberian book world of the first half of the seventeenth century com-pares with what had gone before and what would follow.
The conference will take place in Dublin on the 5-6 June 2014. It will coincide with the launch of volumes 2 and 3 of the UCD Iberian Book Project which cover this period. Confirmed speakers include two of the most distinguished figures in Golden Age Studies, Professor Don Cruickshank and Professor Henry Ettinghausen.

Papers are warmly invited from scholars from any academic background interested in the industry or culture of the Iberian book. The principal and preferred language of the conference will be English. However, papers may be delivered in Spanish or Portuguese if pre-circulated. Papers on less well explored areas of study such as legal print or illustration are especially welcome.

The Call for Papers is now open. Potential contributors are asked to submit a title and brief outline of their paper (250 words) to Dr Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo ( before Friday 29 November 2013.

The Conference has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Danny Wasserman-Soler Now at Alma College

Congratulations to Daniel Wasserman-Soler, who is starting up a tenure-track job at Alma College!

Michigan Searches for Iberian Atlantic World Chair

Courtesy of H-Net:

The Department of History of the University of Michigan seeks to fill the J. Frederick Hoffman Chair, an endowed chair currently designated for Early Modern History, c. 1400-1750, with strong priority in the Iberian Atlantic. The holder should have international prominence, a record of scholarly achievement, and demonstrated success as teacher and mentor.  Advanced associate professors will be considered as well as senior scholars already at the full professorial rank. We are interested in innovative work on early modern European colonialism that takes the non-European world as part of its primary ground. We especially welcome applications from scholars who study diverse forms of exchange between or among Europe’s and Latin America’s Iberian zones.  Qualified applicants might be working primarily out of one side of the Iberian Atlantic (i.e. either the Iberian Americas or Europe) or they may have a more global or “oceanic” ground of investigation. We are open to innovative scholarship that engages the early modern Iberian Atlantic in any number of possible ways. Please send a letter of interest, c.v., statement of current and future research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence, a list of available referees, and any other relevant supporting material to Prof. Kathleen Canning, Chair, History Department, 1029 Tisch Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003; telephone (734) 763-2289; fax (734) 647-4881 or by email to Review of applications begins October 25th, 2013, though the search will remain open until the position is filled.  Women and minority scholars are encouraged to apply, and the University is supportive of the needs of dual career couples.  The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Lynn on Comparative Inquisition History

Kimberly Lynn has an article, “The Dizionario Storico dell’Inquisizione and the New Comparative Inquisition History” in a special issue of Storicamente, “L’Inquisizione in una prospettiva globalizzante: il Dizionario storico dell’Inquisizione, 9 (2013).

Conference at Notre Dame: Rethinking Medieval Iberia, Fri, Sept 13, 2013

Moving Beyond the “Land of the Three Cultures”: Re-Thinking Medieval Iberia

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

September 13-14, 2013 (poster).

This conference seeks to challenge the received notion of medieval Iberia as a “Land of the Three Cultures” by questioning the relevance of this construct. Was medieval Iberia a land of only three cultures? Why not four, five, six or more? Despite recent calls to do away with the convivencia and reconquista paradigms, the question of how to proceed from here remains. This conference seeks to address the implications of cultural-religious approaches to the study of medieval Iberia by asking: How do we move beyond the “Land of the Three Cultures”? Do we want to? Can we? What are the alternatives?

Beyond the Land of the Three Cultures

Re-Thinking Medieval Iberia Symposium, September 13-14, 2013

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This program is subject to change. Last updated: 8/8/2013. Poster (.pdf format)

Friday, September 13, 2013

12pm, Registration
1pm, Welcome
1.40pm, Keynote address by Thomas Burman: “Ramon Martí and the Three Religions.”

2.30-3pm, Break

3-4.30pm, Session I: Technology & Material Culture
John Moscatiello: “Two Cultures: Islamic and Christian Domestic Architecture in High Medieval Iberia”
Rafael Azuar: “The Archaeology of Multicultural al-Andalus”
Moderator: Thomas Glick

4.30-5pm, Break

5-6.30pm, Session II: Language & Translation
Brian Long: “The Anxiety of Influence? Interfaith Scholarly Influence in Iberia and Beyond”
Robin Vose: “My lips shall not speak iniquity: Language, Translation and Identity in Medieval Iberia”
Moderator: Gerard Wiegers

6.30pm, Reception & Dinner (by invitation)

Saturday, September 14

9-10.30am, Session III: Literature
Emmanuel Ramirez-Nieves: “Carnal Penitence: Don Carnal’s Confession in the Libro de Buen Amor in a Comparative Context”
Benjamin Liu: “Leaving Iberia: Gerena, Turmeda and the Question of Intercultural Competence”
Moderator: Dayle Seidenspinner-Nunez

10.30-11am, Break

11am-12.30pm, Session IV: Law and Religion
Belen Vicens-Saiz: “‘Omnes de quoalquier conditión’: Law, Religion, and Identity in the Vidal Mayor
John Tolan: “Confessional Boundaries and Access to Justice in Medieval Iberia.”
Moderator: Brian Catlos

12.30-2pm, Lunch

2-4pm, Roundtable
Simon Doubleday
Ana Echevarria Arsuaga

4-5pm, Reception

5pm, Dinner (by invitation)

Sylvia Mitchell now at Purdue

Congratulations to Silvia Z. Mitchell, who earned her PhD from the University of Miami last winter and is now starting her new job as assistant professor of history at Purdue University.

New Book: Lynn, “Between Court & Confessional: The Politics of Spanish Inquisitors”

Kimberly Lynn, Between Court and Confessional: The Politics of Spanish Inquisitors (Cambridge, 2013).

Mills & Mujica Pinilla on MacCormick in the CLAR

Kenneth Mills and Ramón Mujica Pinilla wrote a retrospective on the career of Sabine MacCormack in the Colonial Latin American Review 22/2 (2013): 309-13.

Thanks to Sam Garcia for the tip.