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Conference at UCLA: Iberian Globalization, Feb 28, 2014

Iberian Globalization of the Early Modern World
Session 2, Instrumental Transformations: Technology, Labor, Nature
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, February 28, 2014 Core Program

Iberian 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 2—Instrumental Transformations: Technology, Labor, Nature

While often supposedly a neutral instrument for gathering knowledge or transforming nature, technology, understood broadly as an instrumental practice toward a material end, had an enormous impact on the creation of a colonial world. Mining, cattle, agriculture, urbanism itself, radically transformed not only the environment of the newly acquired territories, but through this, the relationships of people to their surroundings, their practices and to themselves. Furthermore, the labor required for new endeavors such as mining, pearl diving, and textile production was frequently secured by the forced relocation of local or external populations, and therefore the uprooting of cultural practices, including technological and scientific, that had preceded the colonial ones.  Drawing on new work in history of science, labor and cultural studies, panels will address the material effects, both designed and unintended, of technological practices in the Iberian empires.

–Online Registration Form
Registration Deadline: February 25, 2014

Please click here for our online registration form.

Registration fees:
All students (with ID), Center & Clark Affiliated Faculty, UC faculty and staff: no charge
General public and other faculty: $20.

*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.

February 28
9:00 a.m. Morning Coffee and Registration
9:30 a.m. Barbara Fuchs, Clark Library, University of California, Los Angeles

Anna More, Universidade de Brasília/University of California, Los Angeles and Ivonne del Valle, University of California, Berkeley
Opening Remarks

Session 1: Value, Geography and Natural Law
Chair: Carla Gardina Pestana, University of California, Los Angeles

María Elena Díaz, University of California, Santa Cruz
Did Spaniards Find the Secret of Making Copper?

Patricia Seed, University of California, Irvine
Why the Market Theory of Value Originated in Spain

Orlando Bentancor, Barnard College
Imperial Reason, Natural Right and Mining in Francisco de Vitoria and José de Acosta

11:45 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Session 2: Racial and Civic Economies
Chair: Alex Borucki, University of California, Irvine

Stella Nair, University of California, Los Angeles
An Unexpected Account of Urbs and Civitas in an Indigenous Town

Rachel Sarah O’Toole, University of California, Irvine
The Labor of Freedom: Slaveholding and Manumission in Colonial Peru

Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, Université Paris-Sorbonne
Genealogy of the South Atlantic History

3:15 p.m. Coffee Break
3:30 p.m. Session 3: Governing Technologies
Chair: Marcelo Aranda, Stanford University

Nicolas Wey-Gomez, California Institute of Technology
Technologies of Empire: Martin Behaim’s Globe (1492)

Antonio Barrera-Osorio, Colgate University
Knowing Nature: Experience and Technology in the Iberian Atlantic World

Juan Pimentel, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
A Newtonian Empire: Nautical Instruments and Natural Philosophy in the Political Vision of the Malaspina Expedition (1789–1794)

5:30 p.m. Reception

Review Article & Reviews in Social History 38/4 (2013)

Social History 38/4 (2013):

Review article: Aviva Chomsky, “Labour, environmental history and sugar cane in Cuba and Brazil.”

Christopher Storrs reviews Regina Grafe, Distant Tyranny: Markets, Power, and  Backwardness in Spain, 1650-1800 (Princeton, 2012).

Paquette Reviews Eastman, “Preaching Nationalism” in Social History 38/2 (2013)

Social History 38/2 (2013) features a review by Gabriel Paquette of Scott Eastman, Preaching Nationalism Across the Spanish Atlantic, 1759-1823 (LSU Press, 2012).

New Book & Review: Memoirs of Jacques de Coutre

The Memoirs and Memorials of Jacques de Coutre: Security, Trade and Society in 16th- and 17th-century Southeast Asia, ed. Peter Borschberg, trans. Roopanjali Roy (National University of Singapore Press, 2013).

Reviewed by Juan José Morales in The Asian Review of Books.

Short Break Thanks to Weather

Sorry about the lack of posts – and there won’t be any more for a few days.

This is a very busy week for me: I’ve got a couple of hard deadlines this Friday, plus I’m back to teaching after a year off (feel sorry for me!) plus we’re on our third snow-day off from school for my kids this week (!) (sixth this month (!!)) and it looks like schools will be closed tomorrow too (!!!).

Plus we have a new puppy.

More posts next week?

Call for Articles: Muslims & Islam in Italy & the Mediterranean

I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance is pleased to announce a call for articles that explore the presence of “Muslims and Islam in the Early Modern Italian and Mediterranean Worlds.”  Articles should address the transmission and circulation of ideas, objects, and people during the Renaissance, into and beyond the Italian peninsula. We are especially interested in essays that challenge current disciplinary boundaries while providing new interpretations of and evidence for cross-cultural interactions between Muslims and other religious and ethnic groups. Essays should be between 7000-9000 words, including footnotes.  The deadline for submission is January 31, 2014; selected essays will appear in the May 2015 issue of I Tatti Studies.

The journal will continue to consider and encourage submissions of individual essays exploring any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. I Tatti Studies maintains a double-blind review process and commits to reviewing essays within six months. For author information and for online submission, please visit For other inquiries, please email Prof. Jane Tylus at jane.tylus[at]

New Book: Grandin, “Empire of Necessity” (and NYT review)

Greg Grandin, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World (Macmillan/Metropolitan Books, 2014).

Also, Andrew Delbanco reviews the book in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Jan. 12, 2014.

Michigan Searches for Historian of Sephardic Jewry

I believe they searched for this position last year, too. From the AHA website.

Sephardic Jewry

Ann Arbor, MI

The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan seeks a scholar of Sephardic Jewry with strong interdisciplinary commitments. Specialization is open: history, religious studies, literature, anthropology, material culture, music, or gender studies. This scholar will participate in a cluster hire devoted to the Mediterranean as a dynamic arena of cultural, religious, and political exchange and activity. We aim to enhance the study of Mediterranean Jewry in interaction with multiple cultures and religions as well as in relationship to spaces of travel, commerce, and displacement. Specific research focus might include migration, conversion, translation, the history of the book, history of science, or of economy. Linguistic training should include Hebrew and at least one other language (such as Judeo-Spanish/Ladino, Ottoman Turkish, French, Italian, Spanish, or Arabic). We favor transcultural and/or transnational approaches as the successful candidate will be participating not only in dialogues within Judaic Studies, but also with other members of the cluster hire of four faculty members in Anthropology, History of Art, and Romance Languages and Literatures. Rank: assistant professor. Appointment may also be made at the associate professor level. PhD and teaching experience are required. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2014. Applications should be sent to Director, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, 202 S. Thayer St., 2111 Thayer, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608. All candidates should furnish a letter of application, CV, writing sample, statement of current and future research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and evidence of teaching excellence (if available). Junior candidates should submit three letters of recommendation and senior candidates should send names of suggested reviewers by February 21, 2014. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual-career couples and is an AA/EOE.

Application deadline: February 21, 2014
Posted to the web: 27-Dec-13

VAP Ad from Wesleyan

Wesleyan University, College of Letters and Department of History

Visiting Assistant Professor, Historian of Spain before 1800


Institution Type: College / University
Location: Connecticut, United States
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor


Historian of Spain before 1800. College of Letters and Department of History, Wesleyan University. Rank: Visiting Assistant Professor, 1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015.  The Department of History and the College of Letters seek a historian for a one-year position in the history of Spain with specialization in any period(s) before the nineteenth century. The College of Letters is an interdisciplinary department in European literature, history and philosophy from the classical period to the present day. The successful applicant should have broad literary and/or philosophical interests in order to teach three courses in early modern intellectual or cultural history. In the Department of History the successful applicant will offer a survey course in early modern European history, from the Renaissance to the Napoleonic era, and a survey course or seminar in Spanish history. Candidates should have a Ph.D in hand or near completion. Submit letter of application, c.v., three letters of recommendation and a one-page thesis abstract, at: Applications received by 14 February 2014 will receive full consideration.

Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator: Antonio Farias, Chief Diversity Officer, 860-685-4771.


Contact: Eugenia Szady, Administrative Assistant, College of Letters
Primary Category: Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies
Secondary Categories: None
Posting Date: 01/10/2014
Closing Date 02/14/2014

Listed on H-Net. Thanks to Danny Wasserman for the tip.

Proctor Reviews Tutino in JSH, Fall ’13

In the Journal of Social History 47/1 (2013), Frank Trey Proctor III reviews John Tutino, Making a New World: Founding Capitalism in the Bajío and Spanish North America (Duke, 2011).