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(*UPDATED) JEMH Special Issue: “Science, New Worlds, and the Classical Tradition,” 18/1-2, 2014

The Journal of Early Modern History 18/1-2, 2014:

Juan Pimentel and Isabel Soler, “Painting Naked Truth: The Colóquios of Garcia da Orta (1563).”

Neil Safier, “The Tenacious Travels of the Torrid Zone and the Global Dimensions of Geographical Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century.”

*Updated: also a review by Rachael Ball of Ruth MacKay, The Baker Who Pretended to Be King of Portugal (University of Chicago Press, 2012).


New Book: Boone, “Gattinara & the Creation of the Spanish Empire”

Rebecca Ard Boone, Mercurino di Gattinara and the Creation of the Spanish Empire (Pickering & Chatto, 2014).

New Book: “Sex, Identity and Hermaphrodites in Iberia”

Richard Cleminson and Francisco Vázquez García, Sex, Identity, and Hermaphrodites in Iberia, 1500-1800 (Pickering & Chatto, 2013).

New Book: “Religious Diaspora in Early Modern Europe”

Religious Diaspora in Early Modern Europe, Timothy G. Fehler, Greta Grace Kroeker, Charles H. Parker, and Jonathan Ray, eds, (Pickering & Chatto, 2014).

Introduction – Greta Grace Kroeker
Part I: Tactics for Inclusion
1 Trade in Tolerance: The Portuguese New Christians of Antwerp, 1530–50 – Victoria Christman
2 Swimming against the Tide: The Entry of Jews in Spain. Religious Mobility, Social Control and Integration at the End of the Ancien RègimeMarina Torres Arce
3 Populating a ‘Nest of Pirates, Murtherers, etc.’: Tuscan Immigration Policy and Ragion di Stato in the Free Port of Livorno – Stephanie Nadalo
Part II: Programmes of Restoration
4 Exile, Education and Eschatology in the Works of Jan Amos Comenius and John Milton – David Parry
5 Missionaries as Exiles: Calvinist Strategies for Restoration in Communities under the Dutch East India Company – Charles H Parker
6 Niccolò Guidalotto da Mondavio and his City View of Constantinople (1662): The Experience of an Exile – Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby
7 Educating for Martyrdom: British Exiles in the English College at Valladolid – Berta Cano-Echevarría and Ana Sáez-Hidalgo
Part III: Methods of Coping
8 Freedom as Exile: Michael Servetus and the AlumbradosMaría Tausiet
9 Coping with Poverty: Dutch Reformed Exiles in Emden, Germany – Timothy G. Fehler
10 Anabaptist Migration to Moravia and the Hutterite Brethren – Emese Balint
11 Chaos and Community: 1492 and the Formation of the Sephardic Diaspora – Jonathan Ray
12 Displaced Intellectuals and Rebuilt Networks: The Protestant Exiles from the Lands of the Bohemian Crown – Vladimír Urbánek

Berco Reviews Soyer, “Ambiguious Gender,” in JHMAS, Jan 2014

The Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 69/1 (2014) features a review by Cristian Berco of François Soyer, Ambiguous Gender in Early Modern Spain and Portugal: Inquisitors, Doctors and the Transgression of Gender Norms (Brill, 2012).

Reviews in the Feb ’14 AHR

American Historical Review 119/1 (2014):

(Not online yet at AHA website – links to reviews to come)

Marcy Norton reviews Jennifer L. Anderson, Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America (Harvard, 2012).

Yirmiyahu Yovel reviews Nathan Wachtel, The Faith of Remembrance: Marrano Labyrinths, trans. Nikki Halpern (Penn, 2013).

Scott Eastman reviews Sarah H. Owens and Jane E. Mangan, eds, Women of the Iberian Atlantic (LSU, 2012).

David Coleman reviews Patrick J. O’Banion, The Sacrament of Penance and Religious Life in Golden Age Spain (Penn St., 2012).

Gabriel Guarino reviews Stefano D’Amico, Spanish Milan: A City within the Empire, 1535-1706 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

2-Year Job at Bates: “strong preferences for … Spain before 1500”

From H-Net:

The Department of History, Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellow, with a particular emphasis on pedagogical innovation. The fellowship is funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and begins August 1, 2014. Candidates must complete the Ph.D. by September 1, 2014, and should be no more than three years out of their doctorate. This is a half-time teaching position with salary and benefits of a full-time assistant professor. The fellow will teach three courses during the academic year 2014-15 and two courses in 2015-16. The reduced teaching load is designed to support innovation in teaching and on-going professional research. Some funds to support scholarly work are also available. Bates is a highly selective liberal arts college and will provide an excellent climate for professional development and scholarship.

We seek historians of the western Mediterranean between 300 and 1650 C.E., with strong preferences for those who study Spain before 1500. The following areas of specialization are of particular interest: interfaith relations, the Mediterranean world, and/or the Atlantic world. We anticipate a close integration of this position among programs in History and Classical and Medieval Studies, so applicants should explain how their own work might complement some of the work of relevant members of these departments. The successful candidate must be interested in, and will conduct faculty workshops on, innovative teaching and research. The department recognizes that innovation can take many forms. Some possibilities could include techniques in the digital humanities; methods for attracting diverse groups to the study of history; pedagogies focused on different learning styles; creative ways of structuring assignments and the use of classroom time; techniques for connecting student learning to wider local and global communities; or creative approaches to promoting student engagement and interest in History at Bates. The college, the History Department, and the Classical and Medieval Studies Program are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. The search committee expects candidates who can contribute to this goal to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

Applicants should submit electronically, in PDF format, to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-6480 at, a letter of application, C.V., writing sample, teaching statement, and three letters of recommendation. Please include your last name and R2527 in the subject line of all submissions. Consideration of applications will begin on March 17, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

For more information about the college, please visit the Bates website:

De Vries Reviews Parker, “The Global Crisis,” in JIH Winter 2013.

Not strictly speaking just Spanish history, but on the other hand followers of this blog know that Parker’s Global Crisis has come up before on these pages. This book has been so well received that I cannot post about every review that comes up, but Jan de Vries is such an important  historian, and knowledgeable about just the type of thing Parker writes about here, and has such insightful criticism here that I thought I should include it.

The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 44/3 (2013) features a review by Jan de Vries of Geoffrey Parker, The Global Crisis: War, Climate Change, and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century (Yale, 2013).

Link to article may require subscription to Project Muse.

Review Article: Denby on Sorcery in the Black Atlantic in JIH Autumn 2013

Journal of Interdisciplinary History 44/2 (Autumn 2013), Lauren Derby reviews Parés and Sansi (eds.), Sorcery in the Black Atlantic; Paton and Forde (eds.), Obeah and Other Powers; and Sweet, Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World in “Sorcery in the Black Atlantic: The Occult Arts in Comparative Perspective.”

Symposium: Medieval and Early Modern Minorities in the Mediterranean, March 7-8, 2014

The Mediterranean Seminar/University of California Multi-Campus Research Project and the departments of Comparative and World Literature, History, Jewish Studies, and the Spanish Program of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at San Francisco State University invite participants to a two-day, two-part event on Medieval and Early Modern Minorities in the Mediterranean, to be held on 7 & 8 March 2014 at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. Participants from the broadest range of relevant disciplines are welcome and encouraged to register.

Mediterranean Minorities – Symposium
Friday, 7 March, 10am, 5:30pm
Humanities Bldg, Rm 587
A one-day symposium consisting of three round table discussions:
1)  Opportunity
2)  Assimilation and Exchange
3) Vulnerability
Fred Astren (Jewish Studies, San Francisco State)
Jeremy Brown (Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University)
Brian Catlos (Religious Studies, CU Boulder/ Humanities, University of California, Santa Cruz)
Tom Dandelet (History, University of California at Berkeley)
John Dagenais (Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA)
Federica Francesconi (Jewish Studies, University of Oregon)
Paolo Girardelli (History, Boğaziçi University)
Mike Hammer (Spanish, San Francisco State)
Joshua Holo (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)
Slobodan Dan Paich (Artship Foundation, San Francisco CA)
Jonathan Ray (Jewish Studies, Georgetown University)
Jarbel Rodriguez (History, San Francisco State)
Stefan Stantchev (History, Arizona State University)
David Wacks (Romance Languages, University of Oregon)
Valerie Wilhite (Romance Languages, University of Oregon)
Megan Williams (History, San Francisco State)

Mediterranean Minorities – Workshop
Saturday, 8 March, 9:30am, 5:15pm
Humanities Bldg, Rm 587
A workshop consisting of three pre-circulated papers and a talk by our featured scholar:
“Do Mediterranean Studies Speak to Latin American Colonial Studies? A Suspected German Lutheran Conquers A Suspected ‘Morisco’ in the Canaries Before Taking On the New World”
Giovanna Montenegro (Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis);
“Alexandria ad Aegyptum”
Dan Selden (Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz)

“Being Different in the Medieval Middle East? The Poet’s Story”
Jocelyn Sharlet (Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis)

Featured scholar:
Stephen Humphreys (History, University of California Santa Barbara):
“Adapting to the Infidel: the Christian Communities of Syria in the Early Islamic Period”

Full program for conference and workshop available soon at

All interested graduate students and scholars are welcome. Both events are free but pre-registration is required; attendance is limited so please register soon. UC-and SFSU-affiliated scholars may register immediately, non-UC scholars on or after February 7. Lunch will be provided on both days for attendees who register prior to February 26.

To register for the workshop and/or conference and receive the workshop papers, please contact Courtney Mahaney ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz. UC-affiliated faculty and graduate students will be eligible for up to $350 for travel expenses; non-UC participants may apply but support will granted as available (contingent on availability and attendance at both events).

The Mediterranean Seminar is an interdisciplinary scholarly forum, the aim of which is to promote collaborative research and the development of the field of Mediterranean Studies. The UC Mediterranean Studies Multi-Campus Research Project is funded by the UC Office of the President and is administered by the Institute for Humanities Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

To join the Mediterranean Seminar, send your name, professional status, affiliation and fields of interest to