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New Book: Tausiet, Urban Magic in Early Modern Spain

María Tausiet, Urban Magic in Early Modern Spain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).


RdL: Mantecón reviews Tausiet, “Alegorías”

Tomás Mantecón reviews María Tausiet, ed., Alegorías: Imagen y discurso en la España Moderna (CSIC, 2014), Revista de Libros, Feb 3, 2015.

Conference: The Cleric’s Craft, Oct 22-24, 2015, UTEP

Why Mester de Clerecía in 2015?

The thirteenth century was a dynamic time in the Iberian Peninsula, as political and cultural changes were occurring throughout the realms that occupied what is now Spain and Portugal. Much of the literature of this period was learned in nature and composed by clerics, and although the works were read and studied individually from the time of composition, they did not see collective examination until the nineteenth century. It was in 1865 that the Spanish scholar Manuel Milà i Fontanals used the term “mester de clerecía” (the cleric’s craft) for the first time to refer to this learned literary production.

The study of the mester de clerecía is now 150 years old, and an international conference entitled “The Cleric’s Craft: Crossroads of Medieval Spanish Literature and Modern Critique” will be convened in 2015 to mark this important milestone, to reassess this literature and its study, as well as to chart new directions for the field.






Mester de Clerecía and the Poetics of Crossing


Connie Scarborough

Connie Scarborough is Professor of Spanish at Texas Tech University. Her research has spanned textual scholarship, literary criticism and theory, and Marian devotion. She has produced critical editions as well as scholarly studies of medieval and early modern works. Her most recent book (2009) is A Holy Alliance: Alfonso X’s Political Use of Marian Poetry.


Olivier Biaggini

Olivier Biaggini is Associate Professor in Spanish Medieval Literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle—Paris III in Paris, France. He has worked extensively on hagiography and clerical literature of the Spanish Middle Ages, dealing with questions of authority, exemplarity, fiction and truth. His most recent publication is Miracles d’un autre genre. Reécritures médiévales en dehors de la hagiographie (2012), co-edited with Bénédicte Milland-Bove.


Anthony John Lappin

Anthony John Lappin is Professor of Spanish and Head of Department at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. He is currently a EURIAS fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsalas Universitet. He has published extensively on 11th- to 13th-century Iberian hagiography, with particular attention to the works of Gonzalo de Berceo. His latest book is an edition and translation of Robert of Ketton’s 12th-century Alcoran latinus (2011), the first surviving translation of the Qur’an into a European language


Simone Pinet

Simone Pinet is Associate Professor of Spanish and Medieval Studies at Cornell University. Her publications bring theories of space, theories of fiction, cartography, and critical theory to bear on medieval and early modern prose fiction. Her most recent book is Archipelagoes: Insularity and Fiction in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (2011), and she has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship towards the completion of a monograph on the Libro de Alexandre.




The Libro de buen amor Reads Clerecia

Emily Francomano
Emily Francomano, Associate Professor at Georgetown University, has published several articles on the Libro de buen amor. Her most recent book (2013) is Three Spanish Querelle Texts: Grisel and Mirabella, The Slander, and The Defense of Women Against Slanderers; A Bilingual Edition and Study, and she has published a monograph on of gender and epistemology, Wisdom and Her Lovers in Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Literature (2008).


Ryan Giles
Ryan Giles is Associate Professor at Indiana University. He has published in many areas of medieval and early modern Spanish literature, and has been awarded the John K. Walsh Prize for outstanding essay in the field. His book, The Laughter of the Saints: Parodies of Holiness in Late Medieval and Renaissance Spain (2009) analyzes parodic energies in religious literature and culture.


Angel Gómez MorenoAngel Gómez Moreno is a Professor at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. He has authored and edited multiple volumes and many articles on diverse areas of medieval Spanish letters. His most recent book in the field is Claves hagiográficas de literatura española (del Cantar de mio Cid a Cervantes) (2008).



Properties of Knowledge/Intellectual Property

María Cristina Balestrini

María Cristina Balestrini is a professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Her research interests include medieval hagiography as well as 13th-century poetry, and she has published widely on the poetic and cultural production of medieval Spain.


E. Michael Gerli

E. Michael Gerli is Commonwealth Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia. He has authored some 150 publications on medieval and renaissance literary and linguistic themes and serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals and presses in both the U.S. and abroad. His most recent book, Celestina and the Ends of Desire (2011), was awarded the Modern Language Association of America’s twenty-second annual Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for an outstanding book in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures.


Julian Weiss

Julian Weiss is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Studies and Director of the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies at King’s College London. He has produced numerous critical editions of medieval and early modern texts as well as many highly influential works of criticism focusing on medieval Spanish literary culture.  His 2006 book The ‘Mester de clerecía’: Intellectuals and Ideologies in Thirteenth-Century Castile was awarded the annual international book prize from the journal La Corónica.



Exchanges and Influences Among Mesteres

Jean Dangler

Jean Dangler is Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Spanish of Portuguese at Tulane University. Her most recent work focuses on medieval Iberia’s multiculturalism, theories of alterity, and globalization and the Middle Ages. She is the author of Mediating Fictions: Literature, Women Healers, and the Go-Between in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (2001) and Making Difference in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (2005), and currently works on the monograph Edging Toward Iberia.


Gregory Kaplan

Gregory Kaplan is Lindsey Young Professor of Spanish in the Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures Department at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). His work has been particularly influential in the study of the converso literature of medieval and early modern Spain: he is the author of The Evolution of Converso Literature: The Writings of the Converted Jews of Medieval Spain (2002) and the editor of Marginal Voices: Studies of the Converso Literature of Medieval and Golden Age Spain (2012).


Michelle Hamilton

Michelle M. Hamilton is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she offers courses on religious studies, Jewish studies, and Spanish literature and culture. She has published widely on multi-confessional Iberia. Recent publications include Beyond Faith: Belief, Morality and Memory in a Fifteenth-Century Judeo-Iberian Manuscript (2014) and In and Of the Mediterranean: Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies (2014). She is currently working on a project examining the intersections of translation, ruins and wonder in the Iberian Arabic and Romance traditions.




Materiality, Corporeality, and Clerecía Poetry


Martha Daas 

Martha Daas is Associate Professor of Spanish at Old Dominion University. Her research interests include popular manifestations of religion in the Spanish Middle Ages and religious parody. Her book, The Politics of Salvation: Gonzalo de Berceo’s Reinvention of the Marian Myth, was published in 2011.


Andrew Beresford 

Andrew Beresford is Reader, Head of Department, and Director of Education in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Durham, UK. He has published widely on a variety of topics related to hagiography and gender, early poetic and narrative theory, and the vernacular reception of Latin hagiography in Spain. His most recent book is The Severed Breast: The Legends of Saints Agatha and Lucy in Medieval Castilian Literature (2010).


Robin Bower

Robin Bower is Associate Professor of Spanish at Penn State, Beaver, specializing in medieval and early modern literature. She has published on the hagiographies of Gonzalo de Berceo, and is interested in modern reception and transformation of medieval aesthetic and ideological categories.


Fernando Baños Vallejo

Fernando Baños Vallejo is Associate Professor of Spanish Medieval Literature and Chair of the Department of Hispanic Philology at the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain, and has been visiting professor at the Université de Toulouse, France, and most recently, at Columbia University in 2011. His research focuses on medieval saints’ legends, on which he has published numerous articles and the monograph Las vidas de santos en la literatura medieval española (2003).


The Utility of the Mester de Clerecía
Mary Jane Kelley
 Mary Jane Kelley is Associate Professor of Spanish at Ohio University. Her research focus is 13th-century narrative poetry in the cuaderna vía form, and she has published widely in the area of mester de clerecía’s depictions of vision and blindness, as well the representations of the textual and oral transmission of narratives.
Pablo Ancos
Pablo Ancos, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, focuses on the formal properties of mester de clerecía verse and their intersection with larger literary-historical currents. His book Transmisión y recepción primarias de la poesía del ‘mester de clerecía’ (2012) investigates the transmission and reception of the narrative poetry of 13th-century Spain.
Matthew V. Desing
Matthew V. Desing is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research focuses on travel, gender, and authority 13th-century texts. He has published on hagiography and medieval romance, and his book Mester de Romería: Travel and Ideology in the Literature of Medieval Spain is forthcoming.


Patricia Grieve
Patricia Grieve is Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She has published widely in all areas of medieval literary history, most recently exploring literary representations of the mythic-historical figure of La Cava in The Eve of Spain: Myths of Origins in the History of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Conflict (2009).




Texts and Contexts in the 13th Century


Carina Zubillaga

Carina Zubillaga is Director of the Practicum Program in Spanish Literature at the Universidad de Buenos Aires whose research interests include textual scholarship and manuscript studies. Her critical edition Antología castellana de relatos medievales (2008) bridges a scholarly interest in the literary cultures of the 13th century with a technical interest in scholarly editing.


Clara Pascual-Argente

Clara Pascual-Argente is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Rhodes College. She specializes in medieval Castilian literature and culture, particularly their relationships with other European literatures through textual and visual translation and adaptation, and currently holds the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Medieval Studies at Notre Dame. She is preparing a monograph entitled The Invention of Medieval Antiquity: Memory and Anachronism in the Iberian Roman Antique.


Elena González Blanco García

Elena González Blanco García is Assistant Professor in Medieval Literature at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) and the academic director of the recently created Digital Humanities Innovation Lab at that institution. Her recent book La cuaderna vía española en su marco panorámico (2010) considers the poetry of 13th-century Spain in the context of a larger European medieval literary culture inflected and integrated by a still vigorous Latin inheritance.





The conference will be held over the course of three days in late October of 2015 on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso. Twenty-two international experts in the field have been invited to participate in a series of six focus sessions that will revolve around themes of broad interest to the study of thirteenth- (and fourteenth-) century clerical verse. A broader call for papers will be distributed widely a year in advance of the conference to solicit proposals for papers on specific texts, groups of texts, or themes, which will be organized into panels for the conference’s numerous concurrent sessions. A number of special events, including performances, receptions, and banquets have been organized in conjunctions with the academic sessions.


Wednesday, October 21
Travel/Arrival Day


5:30-7:30 Reception for early arrivers at the De Wetter Center, refreshments served
7:30-9:00 Dinner (at the participant’s venue of choice)



Thursday, October 22
Day One


8:00-9:00 Breakfast Buffet and Morning Coffee Service
8:30-9:30 Opening Remarks: Bower, Desing, Pascual-Argente
9:00-10:30 Concurrent Sessions A (in individual meeting rooms)
10:30-11:00 Morning Coffee Hour, refreshments provided
11:00-12:30 Focus Session One
12:30-2:00 Lunch (at the participant’s venue of choice)
2:00-3:30 Focus Session Two
3:30-4:00 Afternoon Coffee Hour, refreshments provided
4:00-5:30 “Mesteres in Performance: An Introduction to Medieval Spain with Period Music and Dramatic Readings” (a free event open to public)
5:30-7:00 Dinner (at the participant’s venue of choice)
7:00-9:00 Optional Cultural Excursion in El Paso
NOTE: All activities will take place in the Tomás Rivera Convention Center unless otherwise noted



Friday, October 23

 Day Two


 8:00-9:00 Breakfast Buffet and Morning Coffee Service
 9:00-10:30 Concurrent Sessions B (in individual meeting rooms)
 10:30-11:00 Morning Coffee Hour, refreshments provided
 11:00-12:30 Focus Session Three
 12:30-2:00 Lunch (at the participant’s venue of choice)
 2:00-3:30 Focus Session Four
 3:30-4:00 Afternoon Coffee Hour, refreshments provided
 4:00-5:30 Focus Session Five
 5:30-6:00 Conference Banquet and Entertainment


Saturday, October 24

 Day Three


 8:00-9:00 Breakfast Buffet and Morning Coffee Service
 9:00-10:30 Concurrent Sessions C (in individual meeting rooms)
 10:30-11:00 Morning Coffee Hour, refreshments provided
 11:00-12:30 Focus Session Six
 12:30-2:00 Lunch (at the participant’s venue of choice)
 2:00-3:30 Concurrent Sessions D (in individual meeting rooms)
 3:30-4:00 Afternoon Coffee Hour, refreshments provided
 4:00-5:30 Focus Session Seven
 5:30-6:00 Closing Remarks: Bower, Desing, Pascual-Argente
 6:00-7:30 Closing Reception at the Rubin Center, refreshments provided


Sunday, October 25

Departure/Travel Day


9:00-11:30 Optional brunch for participants with late departures







Much of the early vernacular poetry from the Northern Iberian Peninsula that has survived to our day was written in a very structured poetic form and was thought to have been composed by clerics due to its learned nature. The Spanish scholar Manuel Milà i Fontanals was the first modern critic to use the term “mester de clerecía” to describe this poetry when he pronounced it in an academic address in 1865. Soon after, the phrase “mester de juglaría” was coined to refer to the minstrel poetry that preceded clerecía and for a time coexisted with it. Although not all of the poetic production of this period fit neatly into the two categories, this bipartite nomenclature fostered an emphasis on the differences between
what was termed the two Spanish mesteres. The phrases entered common usage in the study of medieval Spanish literature by the beginning of the twentieth century, but then came to be questioned, prominently in the 1960s and 1970s. Much exciting scholarship has been done in the field, both before and after the controversies over the names used to distinguish them. Now is the perfect time, as the 150th anniversary of the coinage of the term mester de clerecía approaches, to reassess this literature and its study.



Who is eligible to present at the Conference?

Everyone interested in the field of medieval Spanish literature, including graduate students, scholars in related fields, and independent scholars.


Will proposals be considered exclusively from the field of medieval Spanish literature or will related fields be considered?

The conference organizers encourage proposals from fields related to ALL aspects of 13th and 14th century Iberia, but especially those with a connection to the mester de clerecía broadly defined.


How do I register for the Conference?

Registration for the Conference will be available in spring 2015.  Please register your email address on this website in order be notified when the registration system is open.


May I present a paper in more than one session?

No. Only one formal presentation will be permitted per participant. Presenters may preside over an additional session in which they are not presenting.


Will the Conference accept proposals for complete sessions or only for individual papers?

Each individual paper proposal will be evaluated on its own merits, and therefore the Conference will accept only individual paper proposals.


What is the cost of the Conference, and are there any discounts available?

The information regarding the cost will be available when registration opens. Please register your email so you will be notified as soon as this information becomes available. The cost for presenters in general sessions will be set on a sliding scale by academic rank (full, associate, and assistant professor, lecturer/adjunct professor, or independent scholar) and graduate students will receive a special discount.


May a paper be read in absentia?

Papers may be read in absentia under extenuating circumstances, but prior arrangements must be made with the Conference organizers.


How can I volunteer to preside over/chair a session?

The registration website will have a field to indicate whether or not you would like to chair or moderate a session.


Do I have to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn?

No. This is the Conference hotel, which will have special services for the conference attendees. Participants will also receive a discount on rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Hilton Garden Inn is the only hotel adjacent to the UTEP campus, but there are a few other hotels located at a ten-minute car ride from the campus.








In the beautiful fall weather of the U.S Southwest, scholars from a variety of disciplines and from across the globe will gather at the bilingual campus (Spanish and English) of The University of Texas at El Paso to mark this important milestone, to reassess this literature and its study, as well as to chart new directions for the field.
The organizers seek proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of this literature and the context in which it was produced. Papers from related fields (history, musicology, art history, comparative literature, historical linguistics, etc.) are especially welcome.

The focus sessions listed under the “Speakers” section of this website were pre-organized, but the general call for papers for the conference is open and will remain open until June 1, 2015. Please submit an abstract as soon as possible via the form below. If you should experience problems in the submission process, or if you fail to receive a confirmation email about your abstract submission, please contact the organizers at
Please provide the following information:




Call for Submissions: Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

The Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies is stronger than ever before after switching to an open source format – at the recent ASPHS conference, David Messenger reported that record numbers of people are downloading the articles. But submissions to the Bulletin are dominated by modern history – medieval and early modern Iberian scholars, get busy submitting your work!

Please remember that the Bulletin is peer-reviewed, so publishing there will really help build your cv.

ASPHS Baltimore, March 19-22, 2015

We read the ASPHS program so you don’t have to. My observation: the growing prominence of Portugal continues – good!

See you in Baltimore!

Friday, March 20

Insiders and Outsiders: Identity and Power in Three Iberian Communities between the Fourth and Eighteenth Centuries

Chair: Molly Lester (Princeton University)
“Priscillianism in Gallaecia: Late Roman Clerical Communities in their Social Contexts” Rebecca A. Devlin (University of Florida)
“’Lo Cors de Deu’: Royal Power and Perceptions of ‘Otherness’ in the Fourteenth-Century Crown of Aragon” Alana Lord (University of Florida)
“’Nosotros los Isleños’: Canary Islander Identity in Spanish Florida, 17578 1763” Diana Reigelsperger (Seminole State University)
Comment: Ida Altman (University of Florida)

Signifying Power through Language and Testimony in the Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic World

Chair: Katrina B. Olds (University of San Francisco)
“The Case of the Broken Dam: Violence, Justice, and Queenly Authority in León-Castile” Janna Bianchini (University of Maryland-College Park)
“Training in Vernacular Languages in the Jesuit Province of Aragon” Patricia W. Manning (University of Kansas)
“Negotiated Categories, Disputed Interpretations: Multiple Meanings of ‘Portuguese’ in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America” Brian Hamm (University of Florida)

History of Iberian Science & Medicine Anatomies of Empire: Science and the Body in the Iberian Atlantic

Chair: Maria M. Portuondo (Johns Hopkins University)
“The Spanish Asiento and the Invention of the Quantifiable Body” Pablo F. Gómez (University of Wisconsin@Madison)
“The Deniable Body: Nature and Disease in Colonial Brazil, 1549-1565” Hugh Cagle (University of Utah)
“Interrogating the Patient: The Experience of Illness in the Inquisitory Processes in Early Modern Spain” Caroline Schmitz (Instituto de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia “López Piñero” UV@CSIC)

Friday, 10:00-11:20

Spirituality, Obscenity, and Consumption: Visual Culture in the Spanish Empire

Chair: Jodi Bilinkoff (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)
“Female Spirituality and Visual Culture in the Early Modern Spanish World” Cristina Cruz Gonzalez (Oklahoma State University)
“The Power of the Obscene in Early Modern Spain” Luis Corteguera (University of Kansas)
“Consumption, Empire, and Decline in Antonio de Pereda’s Allegory of Lost Virtue (c. 1650)” Carmen Ripollés (Portland State University)

Queens, Healers, and Maids: The Diverse Roles of Women in the Luso-Hispanic World

Chair: Sara T. Nalle (William Paterson University)
“The Merry Monarch’s Marriage: The Economic and Political Repercussions of the Wedding of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza” Allison Rogers (Georgia Southern University)
“Baths and Saumerios: Curing Women in 17th Century New Spain”
Teresa Ordorika-Sacritán and Angélica Morales-Sarabia (Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencia y Humanidades, UNAM)
“There is No Productivity in Seamstresses, Wet-nurses, and Maids: The Case of Women’s Work in Late Colonial Mexico” Yolopattli I. Hernández-Torres (Loyola University Maryland)

Towards a Historiography of the Iberia in the Wider World

Chair: Scott Eastman (Creighton University)
“A Man Within and Without Empire: Vicente Sebastián Pinto, the Last Surveyor General of Spanish West Florida” Matthew E. Franco (Johns Hopkins University)
“Camões and the New Empirical Spirit of his Time in Portugal: A Look at Canto V of The Lusiads” Onésimo T. Almeida (Brown University)
“Voices without End: The Memes of Antonio José and Victor Jara” Robert L. Long (Elmhurst College)

History of Iberian Science & Medicine Colonial Hybrids, Part I: Indigenous Beliefs, Natural Philosophy, and Early Modern Science

Chair: Laura Caso Barrera (Colegio de Postgraduados-Campus Puebla)
“Etymologies and the Study of Nature: Francisco Hernández and His Commentaries to Pliny” Valeria López Fadul (Princeton University)
“Cartografía colonial: una revisión de las primeras pinturas del siglo XVI del Valle de Etla, Oaxacal” Oscar Rodríguez Rodríguez (Centro de Estudios de Geografía Humana de El Colegio de Michoacán, A.C.)
“The Conibo-Spanish Production of Cartographic Knowledge of Early Modern Western Amazonia” Roberto Chauca (University of Florida)

Friday Morning Roundtable (11:30-11:30)
Gilman 132

History of Iberian Science & Medicine Ten Years since “Beyond the Black Legend” (Valencia, 2005), Part I

Moderator: Maria M. Portuondo (Johns Hopkins University)
José Pardo Tomás (CSIC-Barcelona)
Henrique Leitão (Universidade de Lisboa)
Antonio Barrera (Colegate University)

Friday 2:00-3:20

Empires, Histories, and Historiographies: The Iberian and the Ottoman Empires in Perspective
Chair: Alejandra B. Osorio (Wellesley College)
“Of National Boundaries and Imperial Geographies: The Perils of (Prevailing) Historiographical Understandings of the Spanish Habsburg Empire” Alejandra B. Osorio (Wellesley College)
“Conventions of a Bottom-Up History: Authors, the State, and the Emergence of Ottoman Historiography” Murat C. Menguc (Seton Hall University)
“An Imperial Republic: History and Conquest in Eighteenth-Century Portugal” Kirsten Schultz (Seton Hall University)
“Dynasty and Empire: The Geopolitical Dimension of Mariana of Austria’s Regency” Silvia Z. Mitchell (Purdue University)

Between Two Worlds: Images, Reforms, and Ideas on Political Economy in Spain and Latin America (1761-1829)

Chair/Comment: Christopher Schmidt-Nowara (Tufts University)
“An Illuminating Discovery: Simon de Aragorri’s Reflexiones sobre el estado actual del comercio de España (1761) and its Ideas on the Reform of the Atlantic Commerce” Jesús Astigarraga (Universidad de Zaragoza)
“Images of Spain and Latin America in the Translation of the Genovesi’s Lezioni di commercio by Victorián de Villava (1785-86)” Javier Usoz (Universidad de Zaragoza)
“José Joaquín de Mora and the Spread of Economic Liberalism in Latin America in the Early 19th Century” Juan Zabalza (Universidad de Alicante)

The Uncanny in Early Modern Spain

Chair: Marcy Norton (George Washington University)
“The Quixotic Uncanny: Specter(s) of Dulcinea” Sherry M. Velasco (University of Southern California)
“Does Singularity Exist in Nature? The Case of Roque Martínez (ca. 1633), who Grew a Plant inside Him” Elena del Río Parra (Georgia State University)
“Breastfeeding Men in Enlightenment Debates: Reason and Imagination” Marta V. Vicente (University of Kansas)
Comment: Patricia W. Manning (University of Kansas)

History of Iberian Science & Medicine Colonial Hybrids, Part II: Indigenous Beliefs and Early Modern Medicine

Chair: Hugh Cagle (University of Utah)
“Hummingbirds for Epilepsy: Hybrid Healing and Authority in Francisco Hernández’s Natural History of New Spain” Iris Montero Sobrevilla (Brown University)
“Medical Texts, Treatments, and Prescriptions in the Mayan Manuscript of the Chilam Balam of Ixil” Laura Caso Barrera (Colegio de Postgraduados-Campus Puebla)
“Treatises and Books on Botany Circulating in Portugal between the 16th and 18th Centuries and their Connections with the History of Medicine” Ana Rodrigues (Universidade de Lisboa)
Comment: Paula de Vos (San Diego State University)

Friday 3:30-4:50

Questions of Identity in the Portuguese Empire

Chair: Pedro Cardim (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Sertanejo Intermediaries and the Rise of Portuguese Power in Southern Brazil and Southeast Africa, 1550-1650” Alexander Ponsen (University of Pennsylvania)
“Territorial Identities in Portuguese India: Slavery and Religious Landscapes in the Sixteenth Century” Stephanie Hassell (Duke University)
“Saving Lisbon: The Great European Relief Effort of 1755-56” Mark Molesky (Seton Hall University)

Women and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, Part I

Chair: Catherine Hall-van den Elsen (RMIT University-Melbourne)
“Reconsidering the Importance of Marriage for Women: Catalan Peasant Women and the Widespread Practice of Concubinage” Michelle Armstrong-Partida (University of Texas-El Paso)
“Where La Frontera Meets The Help: Elucidating Women’s Relationships at the Borders of Faith and Ethnicity in the Households of Late Medieval and Early Modern Castile” Elizabeth Hutchin-Bellur (University of St. Andrews)
“Cooking, Domestic Violence, and Religious Coercion in Sixteenth-Century Spain” Jillian Williams (University of Bristol)
“’I Taught Myself’: Literacy among Judeoconversa Women in Spain and Portugal, 1560-1720” Sara T. Nalle (William Paterson University)

Iberian Authors and the Wider World: The Power of Narrative

Chair: Mafalda Soares da Cunha (Universidade de Évora)
“Fernão Lopes and his Chronicles: The Case of King Fernando I” Rita Costa-Gomes (Towson University)
“Saint Teresa of Avila’s Discourse of Power: A Study of Her Letters to Philip II” Arlette de Jesús (Duquesne University)
“From the Shade into the Sun? Re-envisioning Jorge Juan as Author of the Viaje a la América Meridional” Blenda Femenías (American University)

History of Iberian Science & Medicine Materiality and Knowledge Transmission

Chair: Maria Portuondo (Johns Hopkins University)
“A Voyage Interrupted: The 1601 Wreck of the Manila Galleon Santa Margarita” Daniel Koski-Karell (Independent Scholar)
“Geological Inquiries in West Mexico: Two Moments in the History of Colima’s ‘Volcán de Fuego’, 1818-1913” José Julio Zerpa Rodriguez (Universidad de Guadalajara)

Saturday, March 21

Governing Complexity in the Portuguese Empire under the Habsburgs, Part I: The Governance of the Portuguese Atlantic

Chair: Gabriel Paquette (Johns Hopkins University)
“Rewarding Services in the Portuguese Atlantic Empire (17th Century): A Comparative Approach” Fernanda Olival (Universidade de Évora)
“Claiming the ‘Merit’ of Governing the Empire (16th and 17th Centuries): The Governors of the Portuguese Atlantic in a Comparative Perspective” Mafalda Soares da Cunha (Universidade de Évora)
“The Circulation of Royal Norms within the Portuguese Atlantic World” Pedro Cardim (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Comment: Stuart Schwartz (Yale University)

Religious Authority and Institutions in the Spanish Empire

Chair: Katrina B. Olds (University of San Francisco)
“Cisneros and the Hieronymites: Religion and Authority in the Early Iberian Atlantic” Lauren MacDonald (Johns Hopkins University)
“The Council of the Indies: Governing Religion” Ashley Ellington (Georgia Southern University)
Casos de Fe: Slave Interactions with Religious Institutions in the Spanish Empire” Ricardo Raul Salazar Rey (University of Connecticut)

History of Iberian Science & Medicine New Studies in the History of Science in Colonial Latin America

Chair: John Slater (University of California-Davis)
“A Case Study on the Flow of Information about Medicinal Plants between Europe and South America Linking La Condamine and the Brazilian Botanist Fray Veloso in the 18th Century” Fernando Luna Oliveira (Northern Rio de Janeiro State University)
“The Nature of Peruvian Stars: Descriptions of the New World and the Need for a Renovated Astrology” Tayra M.C. Lanuza-Navarro (Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies Villa I Tatti)
“Juan Pérez de Ribaguda, Imperial Physician: 1598-1623” Gerardo Martínez Hernández (Instituto de Investigaciones sobre la Universidad y Educación [IISUE])

Saturday 10:00-11:20

Governing Complexity in the Portuguese Empire under the Habsburgs, Part II: Useful Knowledge to Govern the Empire

Chair: Neil Safier (Brown University)
“Transformations in Portuguese Imperial Historiography (16th and 17th Centuries)” Giuseppe Marcocci (University of Tuscia)
“Knowing the Land and the Making of Indian Christianity” Ângela Barreto Xavier (Universidade de Lisboa)
“Tropical Mysticism: Franciscan Spirituality and Missionary Knowledge in the Portuguese Atlantic in the Late 17th Century” Federico Palomo (Universidad Complutense)
Comment: Ines G. Zupanov (EHESS-CNRS, Paris)

The Labyrinths of Spanish American Loyalism and Independence

Chair: Adrian Shubert (York University)
“Independence and the Theatre (Lima, 1810-1824)” Mónica Ricketts (Temple University)
“Nicolás Herrera: Identity, Politics, Patriotism, and Independence in the Río de la Plata Region (1806-1823)” Álvaro Caso Bello (Johns Hopkins University)
“Loyalism and Captivity in the Spanish American Revolutions” Christopher Schmidt-Nowara (Tufts University)

In Observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Teresa of Avila on March 28, 1515: The Life, Life, and Afterlife of Teresa of Avila, 1515-2015

Chair: Erin Kathleen Rowe (Johns Hopkins University)
“The Ages of Wo[man] in the Life of St. Teresa” Carole Slade (Columbia University)
“Teresa of Avila as Reader, Writer, and Inspirer of Books” Jodi Bilinkoff (University of North Carolina@Greensboro)
“Early Modern Translations of Teresa of Avila’s Life” Carlos Eire (Yale University)
Comment: Alison Weber (University of Virginia)

History of Iberian Science & Medicine Science, Medicine, and Artistic Expression in the Iberian World

Chair: Pablo F. Gómez (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
“Quevedo, Satire, and the Sound of Science” John Slater (University of California-Davis)
“The Visible, Invisible, and Repressed in Diego de Torres Villarroel’s Anatomical Investigations” Nicolás Fernández-Medina (Pennsylvania State University)
“Art and Cosmography in Henriquinian Style: The Impact of Overseas Expansion in Portuguese Gothic Architecture and Culture during the Reign of Manuel I, 1495-1521” Antonio Sánchez Martinez (Universidade de Lisboa)

Saturday Morning Roundtable (11:30-12:30)
Gilman 132

History of Iberian Science & Medicine Ten Years since “Beyond the Black Legend” (Valencia, 2005), Part II

Moderator: Maria M. Portuondo (Johns Hopkins University)
Tayra Lanuza (Universitat de València)
Paula de Vos (San Diego State University)
John Slater (University of California-Davis)
Juan Pimentel (CSIC-Madrid)

Saturday 2:00-3:20

Women and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, Part II

Chair: Michelle Armstrong-Partida (University of Texas-El Paso)
“Sancha’s Palace-Monastery Complex: The Rebuilding of the Leonese Community in the Eleventh Century” Zaellotius Wilson (Arizona State University)
Spes Nostra. Salue: Isabel de Villena’s Vita Christi, a Master Teacher Confronts the ‘Woman Question’” Holly Kashin Brown (The Graduate Center-CUNY)
“Historical Perspectives on Luisa Roldán’s (Early) Modern Family: The Documentary Evidence” Catherine Hall-van den Elsen (RMIT University)

Going Bust: State, Firms, and the Business of Empire in Portugal, 1580-1750

Chair: Susana Münch Miranda (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
“Bankruptcies, Contratos, and Business Portfolios in Early Seventeenth Century Portuguese West Africa (1580-1640)
Edgar Pereira (Leiden University) “The Rise and Fall of a Lisbon Mercantile House, 1710-1770” João Paulo Salvado (Universidade de Évora)
“Merchants and the Portuguese Tobacco Monopoly: The Failure of a Dutch Firm in Lisbon, 1722-1727” Susana Münch Miranda (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Comment: Cátia Antunes (Leiden University)

History of Iberian Science & Medicine – Translating Nature: A Cross-Cultural History of Early Modern Science

Chair: Jaime Marroquín Arredondo (Western Oregon University)
“Sighting, Discovery, and Depictions of the South Sea: On Núñez de Balboa, Ponquiaco, and Some of the First Images and News of the Pacific Ocean” Juan Pimentel Igea (CSIC@Madrid)
“Mestizo Science: Amerindian Knowledge, Natural History, and the Ornithology of Francis Willughby” Marcy Norton (George Washington University)
“Crystalline Spheres and the Five Suns: Aristotelian Natural Philosophy in the Nahua World” José Pardo-Tomás (CSIC-Barcelona)
Comment: Ralph Bauer (University of Maryland)

Enlightenment Alternatives in Early Modern Spain, 1707-1833

Chair/Comment: Allyson M. Poska (University of Mary Washington)
“Alternative Visions of a More Uniform State: Strengthening the Monarchy though Regional Variation” Phillip D. Fox (Simpson University)
La Verdad Católica, La Falso Filosofia: Traditionalism, Counter-Enlightenment, and Epistemic Alternatives in Eighteenth-Century Spain” George A. Klaeren (University of Kansas)

“Alternative Visions of a More Rational State: Rationalizing the Internal Boundaries of Peninsular Spain, 1707-1833” Charles Nicolas Saenz (Adams State University)

Spain and the Pacific, 1492-1793

Chair: David Ringrose (University of California-San Diego and Maritime Museum of San Diego)
“The Quest for gente política: The Spanish Search for Fitting Subjects in the Sixteenth-Century Pacific” Kevin Sheehan (Maritime Museum of San Diego)
“Cosmopolitans and Global Commercial Intelligence and Strategies: Joseph Pereira Viana and the Real Compañia de Filipinas, 1788-1793” George Souza (University of Texas-San Antonio)
“What do Istanbul, Columbus, Lima, and Manila Have in Common?” David Ringrose (University of California@San Diego and Maritime Museum of San Diego)
Comment: Ricardo Padrón (University of Virginia)

Sunday March 22

History of Iberian Science & Medicine A Hypochondriac’s Nightmare: Medical Practice in Sixteenth-Century Spain

Chair/Comment: Ed Behrend-Martínez (Appalachian State University)
“Doctors, Empirics, and Charles V’s Court Disease” Dan Crews (University of Central Missouri)
“Conflicting Empiricism: Medical Disputes in Sixteenth-Century Spain” Kristy Wilson Bowers (Northern Illinois University)

Sunday 10:30-11:50

Religious Figures and Their Representations in Early Modern Spain

Chair: James Boyden (Tulane University)
“Wonders of Heaven and Earth: Images of Ignatius Loyola in Early Seventeenth-Century Andalusia” Jonathan E. Greenwood (Johns Hopkins University)
“’An Impossible quid pro quo’: Representations of Tomás de Torquemada” Carolyn Salomons (St. Mary’s University)
“Marian Apocalyptic: The Conorte of Juana de la Cruz, 1481-1534” Jessica A. Boon (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)

Money, Economics, and Power in the Spanish Empire

Chair: Gabriel Paquette (Johns Hopkins University)
“Follow the Money: Questionable Finances and the Spanish Embassy in Genoa” Michael J. Levin (University of Akron)
“Tordesillas Revisited: Conquest and the ‘Little Fishes of the Sea’ in the Ibero-African Atlantic, 1480-1509” Gabriel de Avilez Rocha (New York University)
“The National Value of Coins: Numismatics, General History, and the Collection of Spain’s Past” Jeremy R. Bassetti (Valencia College)



Soyer, “The Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theory and the Origins of the Carta de los Judíos de Constantinopla”

François Soyer, “The Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theory in Sixteenth-Century Spain and Portugal and the Origins of the Carta de los Judíos de Constantinopla: New Evidence,” Sefarad: Revista de estudios hebraicos y sefardies, 74 (2014): 369-88.

3 New(ish) Books on Colonial Latin America from Stanford UP

Vera S. Candiani, Dreaming of Dry Land: Environmental Transformation in Colonial Mexico City (Stanford, 2014).

Julia J.S. Sarreal, The Guaraní and Their Missions: A Socioeconomic History (Stanford, 2014).

Ann Twinam, Purchasing Whiteness: Pardos, Mulattos, and the Quest for Social Mobility in the Spanish Indies (Stanford, 2015).

New Book: Giraldez, “The Age of Trade: The Manilla Galleons and the Dawn of the Global Economy”

Arturo Giraldez, The Age of Trade: The Manilla Galleons and the Dawn of the Global Economy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).


New Book: Tausiet, Alegorías: Imagen y discurso en la España Moderna

María Tausiet, ed., Alegorías: Imagen y discurso en la España Moderna (CSIC, 2014).

Introducción. Alegorías: significado literal y sentidos ocultos.

El campo alegórico de la metamorfosis, la inestabilidad y el cambio en el Barroco hispano.

Un sueño alegórico sobre la locura en la España del siglo XVII. “La Casa de los Locos de Amor” de Antonio Ortiz de Melgarejo.

Alegorías del enemigo: la demonización del islam en el arte de la «España» medieval y sus pervivencias en la Edad Moderna.

La “Verónica” según Zurbarán: la pintura como “figura” y la imagen como “vestigio”. -El ave del paraíso: historia natural y alegoría.

Flores de la pasión. Dos alegorías del Nuevo Mundo.

Alegorías del discernimiento: ángeles de luz e imágenes de santidad.

Alegorías del disimulo: el mesías ictiomorfo de los marranos.

Una nube negra. El aquelarre como antialegoría eucarística

New Book: Williams, Empire and Holy War in the Mediterranean

Philip Williams, Empire and Holy War in the Mediterranean: The Galley and Maritime Conflict Between the Habsburgs and Ottomans (I.B. Taurus, 2014).