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CFP: International Conference on Inquisitorial Studies, Alcalá de Henares, June 10-12, 2015

III Internacional Conference on Inquisitorial Studies: new frontiers

Alcalá de Henares 10 to June 12, 2015 Faculty of Law – University of Alcalá – Spain


This Conference proposes to undertake a new path in the interpretation of the inquisitorial
phenomenon. The intention is to expand the geographical areas of research on the history of the
Inquisition; draw new boundaries and set the guidelines for the dialogue between the centers
and the periphery and, at the same time, between the periphery and the centers that developed
and created inquisitorial discourse. The challenge is to develop a comprehensive analysis of an
institution that greatly influenced daily life in those societies where it was implanted, but which
was also affected by many elements of the realities within which it was established, thanks to
multiple negotiations, either in peninsular spaces or in non-European regions.
Madrid, Rome and Lisbon were all controlling centers an institution with a prior (late medieval)
history, but where the new religious, geographical, political and cultural boundaries that
appeared from the fifteenth century onwards imposed challenges that led to its constant
reinvention. The expansion of the Inquisition from 1478 was not just geographical, but also in
terms of its jurisdictional expansion. The multiplication of tribunals established across three
continents, which increased the number of inquisitorial centers, was concomitant with a increase
of the surveillance exercised by the Holy Office on human behavior within societies.
This Conference aims to break new ground in historiographical research, taking on the
challenge of opening new frontiers for the study and historical interpretation the Inquisition.
The inquisitorial sources will be used as a means by which to gain insights into societies and
times. The new challenge is to understand the (re)invention of societies through the inquisitorial
phenomenon, from the strictly Iberian role of limpieza de sangre to the wider conception of the
role evangelization in early modern Catholic societies both within and outside of Christendom.
It will also examine how the creation of new centers inquisitorial activity reconfigured and
reformulated the periphery of human behavior in social reproduction.


Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia (Brasil); Universidade do Estado da Bahia
(Brasil); Universidad de Alcalá (España); Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa da
Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal); Cátedra de Estudos Sefarditas «Alberto
Benveniste» da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)

All proposals should be forwarded to the Conference’s email until December 31st 2014
according to the registration guidelines indicated in the website.


Anita Novinsky – Universidade de São Paulo
Anna Foa – Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
Carmen Sanz Ayán – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Real Academia de la Historia
Fernanda Olival – CIDEHUS | Universidade de Évora
Francisco Bethencourt – King’s College of London
Gabriel Torres Puga – El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Históricos
Geraldo Pieroni – Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná
Giuseppe Marcocci – Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo
Ignacio Pañizo – Archivo Histórico Nacional, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
Irene Fosi – Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” di Chieti, Pescara
Jean-Pierre Dedieu – Centre Nationale Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse-Lyon
José Pedro Paiva – Universidade de Coimbra
Lina Gorenstein – Museu da Tolerância, Universidade de São Paulo
Manuel Peña – Universidad de Córdoba
Raphaël Carrasco – Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3
René Millar Carvacho – Pontificia Universidad Católica
Ruth Fine – Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Juan Ignacio Pulido Serrano – Universidad de Alcalá
Marco Antônio Nunes da Silva – Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia
Susana Bastos Mateus – Cátedra de Estudos Sefarditas «Alberto Benveniste» (Universidade de
Lisboa) e CIDEHUS (Universidade de Évora)
Edilece Souza Couto – Universidade Federal da Bahia
François Soyer – University of Southampton
Isabella Iannuzzi – Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
Miguel Rodrigues Lourenço – Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa – Universidade
Católica Portuguesa / Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar – Faculdade de Ciências
Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa|Universidade dos Açores
Suzana Severs – Universidade do Estado da Bahia


Reviews in the Summer ’14 SCJ

The Sixteenth Century Journal 45/2 (2014) contains the following reviews:

Ana Grinberg reviews Pere Torrellas and Juan de Flores, Three Spanish Querelle Texts: Grisel and Mirabella, The Slander against Women, and The Defense of Ladies against Slanderers, ed. and trans. Emily C. Francomano (Iter, 2013).

Carmen Saen de Casas reviews Jonathan Ray, After Expulsion: 1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry (NYU Press, 2013).

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

Jon Balserak reviews Jessica A. Boon, The Mystical Science of the Soul: Medieval Cognition in Bernardino de Laredo’s Recollection Method (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

Yuri Ivonin reviews Geoffrey Parker, Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century (Yale, 2013).

Reviews in the June 2014 AHR

The American Historical Review 119 (June 2014) features the following reviews:

Featured Review: Regina Grafe reviews Jeremy Baskes, Staying Afloat: Risk and Uncertainty in Spanish Atlantic World Trade, 1760-1820 (Stanford, 2013).

R.A. Kashanipour reviews Fernando Cervantes and Andrew Redden, eds, Angels, Demons and the New World (Cambridge, 2013).

Soyer, “Inquisitorial Trial of a Cross-Dressing Lesbian” in Journal of Homosexuality

François Soyer, “The Inquisitorial Trial of a Cross-Dressing Lesbian: Reactions and Responses to Female Homosexuality in 18th-Century Portugal,” Journal of Homosexuality 61/11 (2014): 1529-57.

Roundtable: Mediterranean Renaissance Studies – CUNY Oct 17, 2014

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When: 17 October 2014
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Where: The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
Room 9100, The Skylight Room
New York, New York  10016
United States
Anna Akasoy, Classical and Oriental Studies, Hunter College, CUNY

Adam Beaver, History, Princeton University

Natalie Rothman, History, University of Toronto

Friday, October 17, 4-6 PM

The Skylight Room (Room 9100)

The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Avenue

Sponsored by the Renaissance Society of America, and the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program, CUNY

Princeton Lecture: Barbara Fuchs, Sept 18, 2014

ASPHS Prize Nominations, 2014

Best First Article Prize:

The committee for the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies’s Best First Article Prize in Iberian History invites submissions for this year’s competition. Articles on Iberian history published in 2012, 2013 or 2014 and in any of the three languages of the Association (English, Portuguese, and Castilian) are eligible for the prize, which carries an honorarium of $250. Each submission must be its author’s first published article to be considered for the prize, and authors must be active members of the ASPHS to be eligible for consideration. This year’s award will be announced at the 2015 annual meeting of the ASPHS in Baltimore, Maryland.

A copy of the published article, the table of contents of the journal or volume in which the article was published, and the author’s c.v., including current contact information, must accompany each submission. Please email complete materials in pdf form to each of the three members of the prize committee. Please direct queries to the chair of the prize committee. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2014, but early submissions are strongly encouraged.
Ruth MacKay, Best First Article Prize Committee Chair

Lisa Surwillo

Adam Beaver

A.H. de Oliveira Marques Prize:

The Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies solicits submissions for the annual A. H. de Oliveira Marques Prize. The A. H. de Oliveira Marques Prize was created by means of a generous endowment from Dr. Harold B. Johnson, of the University of Virginia, in memory of the distinguished Portuguese historian, A. H. de Oliveira Marques (1933-2007). The prize, which carries an honorarium of $250, will be awarded each year for the best peer-reviewed article or book chapter on Portuguese history published during the previous year. This year’s award will be announced at the 2015 annual meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese History in Baltimore, Maryland. Submitted articles or book chapters may be written in Portuguese, English, Castilian or French, but only articles on Portuguese history published within the 2014 calendar year will be considered. Authors must be active members of the ASPHS to be eligible.

Authors should submit (1) one electronic copy (via email) and one paper copy of the article or chapter and (2) a short (2-page) CV, including current address, to each of the three members of the prize committee below. Submissions must be received by all members of the committee by 31 January 2015.

Liam Brockey, Marques Prize Committee Chair
Department of History
Michigan State University
Old Horticulture Building
506 E. Circle Dr
Room 256
East Lansing, MI 48824

Kirsten Schultz
Department of History
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079

Nuno Gonçalo Monteira
Instituto de Ciências Sociais
Universidade de Lisboa
Av. Professor Aníbal de Bettencourt, 9
1600-189 LISBOA

2013 Book I Missed: “Angels, Demons and the New World”

Angels, Demons, and the New World, Fernando Cervantes and Andrew Redden, eds (Cambridge, 2013).

Introduction Fernando Cervantes and Andrew Redden

Part I. From the Old World to the New:

1. The devil in the old world: anti-superstition literature, medical humanism and preternatural philosophy in early modern Spain, Andrew Keitt

2. Demonios within and without: Hieronymites and the devil in the early modern Hispanic world, Kenneth Mills

3. How to see angels: the resilience of Mendicant spirituality in Spanish America, Fernando Cervantes

Part II. Indigenous and Afro-American Responses:
4. Satan is my nickname: demonic and angelic interventions in colonial Nahuatl theatre, Louise Burkhart

5. Vipers under the altar cloth: Satanic and angelic forms in seventeenth-century New Granada, Andrew Redden

6. Where did all the angels go? An interpretation of the Nahua supernatural world, Caterina Pizzigoni

Part III. The World of the Baroque:
7. Angels and demons in the conquest of Peru, Ramón Mujica Pinilla

8. Winged and imagined Indians, Jaime Cuadriello

9. Psychomachia Indiana: angels, devils and holy images in New Spain, David Brading.

New Book: Brockey, The Visitor

Liam Matthew Brockey, The Visitor: André Palmeiro and the Jesuits in Asia (Harvard, 2014).