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New Book: Steen, “Margaret of Palma”

Charles R. Steen, Margaret of Parma: A Life (Brill, 2013).


Pyramid Found Off Coast of Azores

The Portuguese American Journal reports that although the Azores were uninhabited when the Portuguese found and colonized them, a new finding of a pyramid, offshore of Terceira, is just the latest archaeological evidence that humans lived on the islands from thousands of years ago up to at least  Roman times.

New Book: Bowers on Plague and Public Health in Seville

Kristy Wilson Bowers, Plague and Public Health in Early Modern Seville (University of Rochester Press, 2013).

UCLA Conference: Iberian Globalization of Early Modern World, Oct 25, 2013

Iberian Globalization of the Early Modern World
Session 1: Contested Cultures of the Sacred
A core program conference at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
—organized by Anna More (UCLA/Universidade de Brasília) and Ivonne del Valle (UC Berkeley)
Friday, October 25, 2013  Core ProgramIberian imperialism was one of the first attempts to link the globe through supposedly universal values, in this case derived from Christianity. Yet Spanish and Portuguese monarchies strove to achieve this global reach with technological, scientific, and juridical practices that accompanied and at times competed with their evangelical pursuits. These attempts to overhaul vast cultural territories between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries resulted in a variety of consequences and responses, from absolute upheavals, to compromises and new syntheses. The purpose of this core program is to examine the radical changes that Iberian empires brought to areas such as land tenure, technological practices, racial classifications, and cultural expression in light of the deep histories of the indigenous, African, and Asian regions they affected. Through this investigation, we wish to arrive at a more precise concept of globalization in its early modern guise.

Session 1—Contested Cultures of the Sacred

This conference will address the role of religion in the transformation of pre-Hispanic, African and Asian worlds into Westernized milieus. It will address Christianity not as dogma but as a flexible corpus of ideas and practices engaged by the different local populations in novel ways. Sessions may investigate the relationship between religion and the arts (theater, painting, music) as a source of popular culture that remains significant even now. Likewise, since evangelization had the double task of Christianizing and civilizing the native populations, another field covered will be the impact of religion, both Christian and native, in a variety of non-religious practices and institutions such as knowledge production, the university, and politics. Through these themes, the conference will question the sharp divide between a religious and a secular base for modern societies.

–Registration form
Registration Deadline: October 22, 2013Please click here for a printable registration form.

Registration Fees: $20 per person; All students, Affiliated Faculty, UC faculty and staff: no charge*

All students, Affiliated Faculty, UC faculty and staff may register via e-mail by sending their name, affiliation and phone number to

*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.

October 25
9:00 a.m. Morning Coffee and Registration
9:30 a.m. Gerald Cloud, Clark Library, University of California, Los Angeles
WelcomeAnna More, Universidade de Brasília/University of California, Los Angeles and   Ivonne del Valle, University of California, Berkeley
Opening Remarks

Session 1: The Force of Transformation
Chair: Maria Elena Martinez, University of Southern California

Pablo Escalante Gonzalbo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
The Concept of Sacrifice in the Process of Building a Syncretic Liturgy: Art and Religion in the Pueblos de Indios of Sixteenth Century New Spain

José Rabasa, Harvard University
Experience and Expression of Ethnosuicide in the “Cantares Mexicanos”

Jody Blanco, University of California, San Diego
Our Lady of Anarchy: Iconography as Law on the Frontiers of the Spanish Empire

11:45 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Session 2: Ways of Proceeding
Chair: Kevin Terraciano, University of California, Los AngelesDaniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California
Amerindian Knowledge and Belief in Sixteenth-Century Codices

Louise M. Burkhart, University at Albany, State University of New York
Seizing a Global Doctrine:  Indigenous Catechetical Images and Practices in New Spain

Charlene Villaseñor Black, University of California, Los Angeles
Suffering and Sacred Cults in the Iberian World, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries

3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
3:15 p.m. Session 3: Institutional Affirmations
Chair: Andrew Devereux, Loyola Marymount UniversityKristin Huffine, University of Northern Illinois
De scientia sacerdoti necessaria: Religious Knowledge and Indigenous Cultural Reform in the Writings of José de Acosta

Bruno Feitler, Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Iberian Inquisitions and Colonial Expansion

Kenneth Mills, University of Toronto
Universal Enterprise and Particular Initiative: The Journey of Diego de Ocaña, O.S.H., 1599–1608

5:15 p.m. Reception

New Book: Kim on Teresa de Cartagena

Yonsoo Kim, Between Desire and Passion: Teresa de Cartagena (Brill, 2012).

Conference: Translating Cultures in the Hispanic World – University of Edinburgh, Nov 7-8, 2013

Translating Cultures in the Hispanic World, 7-8 November 2013, University of Edinburgh

Location: Teviot Dining Room, Teviot Row, 13 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ

The dual mission of the radically novel journal Art in Translation consists in challenging the boundaries of conventional art history as practised in Europe and North America, and stimulating thinking about the problems and paradoxes of translation within the art historical discourse. Translating Cultures in the Hispanic World, is the fourth conference hosted by AIT, exploring the interface between the visual arts and theories of cultural translation.

(Image: The Encounter between Cortés and Montezuma II, 19th c. / Bridgeman Art Library)

The Hispanic world represents an exceptionally rich and fertile context in which to reflect on the role of translation not only as a vehicle for cultural exchange, the transmission of bodies of knowledge and memory, but also as a means of either asserting or resisting power in order to create something new. Drawing on translation theory, the conference seeks to encourage new ways of thinking about influence, reception, and mis-appropriation. Issues to be addressed include: domestication versus foreignization; transgressive modes of translation; translation between different media and contexts; translation-knowledge-power; translation as colonization.

The conference is transhistorical, shifting focus from medieval Spain to the wider Hispanic world in the early modern and modern period. Topics to be covered include:
– objects of cross-cultural communication in medieval Spain
– shifts and adaptations in Iberian iconographies
– transfer and transformations of Iberian models of art in Latin America
– cultural representations of social ‘others’
– 19th-century photography, the image as transmitter of another presence
– historiography; the reception of Hispanic art.

Thursday, 7 November 2013,  9.00 – 18.00

Welcome Address

Session 1: Visual Culture and Translation in Medieval Spain

  • Alejandro García Aviles (Professor of Art History, Universidad de Murcia), “Lost & found in translation: visual interpretation in medieval astrological iconography”.
  • Mariam Rosser-Owen (Curator of Middle Eastern collections, Victoria &Albert Museum), “Islamic ivories in Christian contexts: gift exchange and relic translation”.
  • Tom Nickson (Lecturer, Courtauld Institute), “Texts and talismans in medieval Castile”.
  • Emily Goetsch (PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh), “Translating Cartography: The Mappaemundi of the Beatus Commentary on the Apocalypse”.

Session 2: Spain and the New World

  • Tom Cummins (Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art History; Harvard University) – The Matter of Metaphor: An Ambiguous Image of Empire in a 16th Century Peruvian Manuscript.
  • Felipe Pereda (Nancy H. and Robert E. Hall Professor of the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University), “Translation/translatio: importing sacred images in the new world”.
  • Maria Judith Feliciano (Independent Scholar, Seattle), “Towards a theory of Mudejar art” [Mudejar in Mexico]

Friday, 8 November 2013,  9.30 –  17.00

Session 3: Foreignisation, Domestication, Adaptation

  • Marjorie Trusted (Senior Curator of Sculpture, Victoria & Albert Museum)  “Melchiorre Caffa’s sculpture of Sta Rosa of Lima. The export of a baroque marble sculpture from Rome to Peru”.
  • Carmen Fracchia (Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Spanish Visual Studies at Birckbeck, University of London), “Whitening the African body in early modern Spain”.
  • Laura Fernandez Gonzalez (former Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh), “Madrid and the wider world: domestic architecture and the Spanish empire in the sixteenth century”.

Session 4: Modernity, Memory and Historiography

  • Andrew Ginger (Professor of Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of Bristol, UK) “Translating presence: photographing actors”.
  • Hilary Macartney (Research Associate, University of Glasgow), “In true fac-simile? The invention of photography and the reproduction of Spanish art”.
  • Jens Baumgarten (Professor of Art History, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp), Brazil), “Translations of concepts: Brazil, Hanna Levy and the Neo-Baroque”.
  • Gabriela Siracusano (Director Instituto de Investigaciones sobre el Patrimonio Cultural Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM), Researcher at the National Research Council, Argentina) , “Faraway tools for local tales: uses and appropriation of European theories and methods in the construction of a national art history in Argentina”.

Conference fees:
£30 (£15 concessions)
The conference is free for University of Edinburgh students (who will still need to register).

Online Registration: Click Here

For further information, email:

Perspectives Remembers Sabine MacCormack

In the September 2013 issue of Perspectives on History, Clifford Ando and Peggy Liss memorialize Sabine MacCormack.

New Book: Spanish Tapestries and Armor

Resplendence of the Spanish Monarchy: Tapestries and Armor from the Patromonio Nacional, Antonio Dominguez Ortiz, Concha Herrero Carretero, and José A. Godoy, eds (Yale, 2013).

September Events at Tufts: Symposium on 1763 Treaty of Paris & Conversation on Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire

1. War, Peace, and Empire: the 1763 Paris Treaty in Diplomatic-Historical Perspective

Saturday September 21, 2013
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Free but registration online is required.


Alumnae Hall Lounge
40 Talbot Ave
Medford MA 02155

Directions & Parking

The entrance to Alumnae Hall, 40 Talbot Avenue, is through the white columned entry porch marked “The Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center.” The Lounge is located on the ground floor immediately off the lobby (turn right after entering). On-street parking will be available in front of Alumnae Hall and also in Aidekman Parking Lot 2, which is accessible from Lower Campus Road.


In recognition of the 1763 Treaty of Paris 250th this year, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy will be the host for the day-long Symposium “War, Peace, and Empire: the 1763 Paris Treaty in Diplomatic-Historical Perspective” on Saturday, September 21—the UN-declared International Day of Peace—in the Alumnae Hall Lounge. The 1763 treaty, which ended the global Seven Years War for the French, British, Spanish, and Portuguese parties to the conflict, cemented Britain’s position as a world power. Redrawing the map of North America, the Paris agreement also set the stage for actions and events leading to the American Revolution and, in the much longer term, the emergence of a bilingual Canadian nation. The British copy of the Treaty is currently on display minutes away from the Tufts campus at the Bostonian Society’s Old State House museum. As centerpiece of the exhibition “1763: A Revolutionary Peace,” the document will be on view there through October 7 in an exclusive North American showing as part of Boston’s unique international commemoration of the 1763 Treaty. Chaired by Alan K. Henrikson, Lee E. Dirks Professor of Diplomatic History and Director of Diplomatic Studies at the Fletcher School, the 1763 Symposium is being presented in partnership with the 1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration, which brought the Treaty to Boston. Scholars of eighteenth-century war, diplomacy, and geopolitics will discuss and debate the 1763 Treaty’s place in the history of international relations, and be joined by international relations experts to consider changes and continuities in diplomatic culture and practice from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first. Symposium participants include French Diplomatic Archives treaties curator Françoise Janin, UK Consul General to Montreal Patrick Holdich, international lawyer Ian Johnstone (Fletcher School), and historians Linda Frey (KSU), Marsha Frey (UM), Eliga Gould (UNH), Renaud Morieux (Cambridge), Matt Schumann (Eastern Michigan), John Shovlin (NYU), and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara (Tufts). An integral part of the 1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration, which is institutionally hosted by the Bostonian Society, the Symposium is made possible by a grant from the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts and by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities—Division of Public Programs, the Trustees of the Lowell Institute, the Cultural Service of the French Consulate in Boston, the Ministère des Affaires Étrangères/Archives Diplomatiques, and the British Consulate General in Boston. Leadership support for the exhibition “1763: A Revolutionary Peace” was provided by the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation and the Society of Colonial Wars led by the Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and General Societies.

Contact Information

Donald C. Carleton, Jr.

2. Slavery & Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire

Join us for a conversation with Professor Josep M. Fradera.  We will be discussing his article “Moments in a postponed abolition,” from our new co-edited book Slavery & Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire (New York, 2013).  The meeting will take place in the East Hall lounge at Tufts from 12 to 1pm.

Professor Fradera teaches at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.  He is the author of many works on aspects of Spanish, Catalan, and global history, including Colonias para después de un imperio (2005) and the co-edited Endless Empire: Spain’s Retreat, Europe’s Eclipse, America’s Decline (2012).

Please rsvp to me at  If you plan to attend I can send you a pdf of the article under discussion.

Sponsored by the Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture & Civilization

Chris Schmidt-Nowara

Tufts University

Vitagliano on Góngora and Reviews in RQ Fall ’13

Renaissance Quarterly 66 (Fall 2013) has an article and several reviews for us.

Maria A. Vitagliano, “Painting and Poetry in Early Modern Spain: The Primacy of Venetian Colore in Góngora’s Polyphemus and The Solitudes.”

Ian Maclean reviews Benito Rial Costas, ed. Print Culture and Peripheries in Early Modern Europe: A Contribution to the History of Printing and the Book Trade in Small European and Spanish Cities (Brill, 2012).

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

Jane S. Gerber reviews Kevin Ingram, ed., The Conversos and Moriscos in Early Modern Spain and Beyond: Volume 2, The Morisco Issue (Brill, 2012).

Jane Black reviews Stefano D’Amico, Spanish Milan: A City within the Empire, 1535–1706 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Carmen Pereita reviews Francesco Tarelli, Aspectos de la temporalidad en la poesía de Quevedo (Newark: Juan de la Cuesta – Hispanic Monographs, 2012) and Ariadna García-Bryce, Transcending Textuality: Quevedo and Political Authority in the Age of Print (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011).