Calls for Papers

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


About emspanishhistorynotes

Scott Taylor is an associate professor in the history department at the University of Kentucky.


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