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CFP: Property Rights, Land, and Territory in European Empires, Lisbon June 26-27, 2014

Call for Papers

International Conference

Property Rights, Land and Territory
in the European Overseas Empires

Lisbon, 26-27 June 2014
The occupation of territories, the rule over land and the definition of property rights, either de jure or de facto, were major concerns in the making and long-term development of almost every European overseas empire. They were also deeply interrelated with other key aspects of the empire-building process, including sovereignty claims, territorial expansion, settlement, taxation, power relations, social mobility, economic development, and the relationship with indigenous peoples. Therefore, those issues were of interest to all parts involved in the colonial venture – imperial governments, colonial authorities, first and later generations of settlers, native peoples and their elites – who dealt with them through complex and dynamic processes of negotiation and conflict.
The solutions adopted to regulate property rights and other territorial and land-related issues had their roots in legal norms, political concepts, institutions, ideologies and social practices transposed from each European metropole, then reframed and accommodated to each colonial context. Developing from different backgrounds in Europe, these theories and practices combined in a variety of ways with different conditions in the colonies, producing both contrasting and similar outcomes across time and space.

The research on these topics has already achieved a huge body of results, but, for the most part, it has been pursued in a piecemeal fashion, either by disciplinary fields, empires or regions of the world, thus overlooking their interconnections. How can we compare the way issues of land, territory and property rights were dealt with across a variety of empires (e.g. Portuguese, Spanish, British, Dutch, French) and their different geographies? What can different branches of scholarship (from legal, economic, political, social and cultural history) offer each other? This conference aims to provide answers to these questions, by bringing these previously separate studies together into a common forum and setting them in comparative perspective.

Deadline for proposals submission: 20 April 2014, sent to

Paper proposals: please attach a Word file with the title, a 250-words abstract, name, institutional affiliation and a 100-words bio note of the proponent.

Panel proposals: please attach a Word file with the title and a 300-words abstract for the panel, plus the titles of papers (max 4), name, institutional affiliation and a 100-words bio note of the organizer and each presenter.

Notification of acceptance: 5 Mai 2014.
Registration fees: regular 50 €, student 40 €; after 1 June: regular 70 €, student 55 €.
Venue: ISCTE-IUL (University Institute of Lisbon), 26-27 June 2014.

Scientific Committee:
Allan Greer, António Hespanha, Bas van Bavel, Jorge Flores, José Vicente Serrão, Rosa Congost, Rui Santos, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Vera Ferllini

Organizing Committee:
José Vicente Serrão, Bárbara Direito, Eugénia Rodrigues, Susana Münch Miranda

Host Institution: CEHC-IUL
Funding: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


New Book: Crawford, “Fight for Status & Privilege”

Michael CrawfordThe Fight for Status and Privilege in Late Medieval and Early Modern Castile, 1465-1598 (Penn  St. Press, 2014).

Harris, “Juan de Ribera & Relics” and Reviews in JEMH 18/3 2014

The Journal of Early Modern History 18/3 (2014):

A. Katie Harris, “Gift, Sale, and Theft: Juan de Ribera and the Sacred Economy of Relics in the Early Modern Mediterranean.”

Paula de Vos reviews Daniela Bleichmar, Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment (University of Chicago, 2012).

Elizabeth Drayson reviews Kevin Ingram, ed., The Conversos and Moriscos in the Late Medieval Period and Beyond, Vol. 2 The Morisco Issue (Brill, 2012).

Subscription required for full article & reviews.

(*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 (1562).”

Neil Safier, “The Tenacious Travels of the Torrid Zone and the Global Dimensions of Geogrpahical Knowleldge 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).

RSA 2014: New York, March 27-29

So I was going to pick out the panels from the Renaissance Society of America Conference that relate to Spanish history. But: the RSA program is 832 pages long.

So, sorry, you’re on your own: RSA Conference Program.

Downloadable App for RSA 2014 Conference.


JMH March, 2014: Calvo Maturana on Public Information and Reviews

Journal of Modern History 86/1 (2014):

Antonio Calvo Maturana, “‘Is it useful to deceive the people?’ The Debate on Public Information in Spain at the End of the Ancient Régime (1780-1808).”

Thomas Dandelet reviews Gabriel Guarino, Representing the King’s Splendour: Communication and Reception of Symbolic Forms of Power in Viceregal Naples (Manchester University Press, 2011).

Liam Matthew Brockey reviews Ruth MacKay, The  Baker Who Pretended to Be King of Portugal (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Richard L. Kagan reviews Luc  Duerloo, Dynasty and Piety: Archduke Albert (1598-1621) and Habsburg Political Culture in an Age of Religious Wars (Ashgate, 2012).

Links to article & reviews may require subscription.

Reviews in December 2013 JMH

The Journal of Modern History 85/4 (2013):

Jesse Sponholz reviews Carina L. Johnson, Cultural Hierarchy in Sixteenth-Century Europe: The Ottomans and Mexicans (CUP, 2011).

Jesus Cruz reviews Scott Eastman, Preaching Spanish Nationalism across the Hispanic Atlantic, 1759-1823 (LSU Press, 2012).

Subscription to JMH or JSTOR may be required to view links to reviews.

RQ Spring ’14: Article & Reviews

Renaissance Quarterly 67/1 (2014):

Alejandra Giménez-Berger, “Ethics and Economies of Art in Renaissance Spain: Felipe de Guevara’s Comentario de la pintura y pintores antiguos.”

Carla Rahn Phillips reviews Tonio Andrade and William Reger, eds, The Limits of Empire: European Imperial Formations in Early Modern World History. Essays in Honor of Geoffrey Parker (Ashgate, 2012).

Eleanor A. Congdon reviews Maria Elisa Soldani, Uomini d’affari e mercanti toscani nella Barcela del Quattrocento (Barcelona: CSIC, 2010).

Adam G. Beaver reviews Mateo Ballester Rodríguez, La identidad española en la Edad Moderna (1556-1665): Discursos, simbolos y mitos (Madrid: Tecnos, 2010).

Daniel Stolzenberg reviews Mercedes García-Arenal and Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, The Orient in Spain: Converted Muslims, the Forged Gospels of Granada, and the Rise of Orientalism, trans. Consuelo López-Morillas (Brill, 2013).

Reyes Coll-Tellechea reviews Eugenia Fosalba and María José Vega, eds, Textos castigados: La censura literaria en el Siglo de Oro (Bern: Peter Lang, 2012).

Juan Pablo Gil-Osle reviews Mary E. Barnard and Frederick A. De Armas, eds, Objects of Culture in the Literature of Imperial Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2013).

Subscription to RQ or JSTOR may be required for links to articles and reviews.

Reviews: SCJ Winter 2013

The Sixteenth Century Journal 44/4 (2013):

Georg Modestin reviews Stacey Schlau, Gendered Crime and Punishment. Women and/in the Hispanic Inquisitions (Brill, 2013).

Androniki Dialeti reviews Sarah E. Owens and Jane E. Mangan, eds, Women of the Iberian Atlantic (LSU Press, 2012).

Emily A. Engel reviews Suzanne L. Stratton-Pruitt, ed., The Art of Painting in Colonial Quito = El arte de la pintura en Quito colonial (Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2012).

Xavier Gil Elected to the Real Academia de Historia

Congratulations to Xavier Gil for his recent election to the Real Academia de Historia!

Thanks to Ruth MacKay for the tip.