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CFP: ASPHS, San Diego, March 17-20, 2016








The 47th Annual Conference of the ASPHS will take place on March 17-20, 2016 at The Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 Coast Boulevard, San Diego, California. The ASPHS invites session proposals for panels and/or individual presentations on any aspect of Iberian history, art history, or literature. The typical panel will include three papers, a chairperson, and a discussant. In keeping with the Museum’s completion of the Galleon San Salvador (1542), we welcome proposals for papers and panels on Spain, Portugal, and the Sea, especially the Pacific.  Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a one-page curriculum vitae for each participant, including chairs and discussants. Please include each participant’s name and e-mail address, along with any requests for audio/visual equipment or other special requirements.


The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2015. Participants in the conference must be members of the ASPHS.  Graduate students presenting a paper for the first time at an ASPHS conference will receive a free membership for their first year, but must still submit the necessary paperwork.  Please direct questions about membership to the General Secretary, A. Katie Harris ( or the Membership Secretary, Sandie Holguín ( or see the website for membership information:


Please submit proposals by email to the Program Committee: Vanessa de Cruz ( and Montserrat Miller (


The ASPHS will offer a limited number of travel grants to assist Ph.D. students who are in the dissertation-writing phase of their graduate program: 2 travel grants of $500 for speakers coming from programs/institutions outside North America and 3 grants of $350 for speakers coming from programs/institutions based within continental North America (i.e., Canada, the United States, and Mexico). These grants are competitive, not guaranteed. Applicants must be presenting their research (no chairs, respondents, or roundtable participants) and must submit a one-page curriculum vitae, a 100-word maximum statement of need, paper title and abstract. Funding comes from the ASPHS. The deadline to apply for travel grants is 1 November 2015. Please submit proposals by email to the Travel Grants Committee: Scott B. Eastman (, Vanessa de Cruz ( and A. Katie Harris(


The conference will take place at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, on the historic Ferry Berkeley (1898) and square-rigger Star of India (1863). The main Hotel will be the Best Western Plus Bayside Inn San Diego, three blocks from the Museum and one block from Little Italy’s restaurant row.  San Diego is home to the USS Midway Museum, the San Diego Zoo, and Sea World.  The local organizers are David Ringrose ( and Pamela Radcliff ( Information about hotels and registration fees will follow soon.


For more information about ASPHS, visit the website at


Berco, “The Great Pox,” Social History of Medicine, 2015

Cristian Berco, “The Great Pox, Symptoms, and Social Bodies in Early Modern Spain,” The Social History of Medicine 28/2 (2015): 225-44.

New Book: Olds, Forging the Past

Katrina B. Olds, Forging the Past: Invented Histories in Counter-Reformation Spain (Yale, 2015).

SCJ Spring 2015: Sánchez on the Descalzas Reales + Reviews

Sixteenth Century Journal 46/1 (Spring 2015):

Magdalena S. Sánchez, “Where Palace and Convent Met: The Descalzas Reales in Madrid.”

Review Essay: Grace E. Coolidge reviews Thomas James Dandelet, The Renaissance of Empire in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 2014).

Ruth MacKay reviews François Soyer, Popularizing Anti-Semitism in Early Modern Spain and Its Empire: Francisco de Torrejoncillo and the Centinela contra Judíos (1674) (Brill, 2014).

Andrew Wilson reviews Robert Folger, Writing as Poaching: Interpellation and Self-Fashioning in Colonial Relaciones de méritos y servicios (Brill, 2011).

Daniel T. Lochman reviews The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain, Gerry Milligan and Jane Tylus, eds (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2010).

Ronald H. Fritze reviews Phillip Williams, Empire and Holy War in the Mediterranean: The Galley and Maritime Conflict between the Habsburgs and Ottomans (I.B. Tauris, 2014).

Donald J. Kagay reviews Michael J. Crawford, The Fight for Status and Privilege in Late Medieval and Early Modern Castile, 1465-1598 (Penn State, 2014).

Ronald H. Fritze reviews John F. Schwaller and Helen Nader, The First Letter from New Spain: The Lost Petition of Cortés and His Company, June 20, 1519 (University of Texas Press, 2014).

Donald J. Kagay reviews Javier Irigoyen-García, The Spanish Arcadia: Sheep Herding, Pastoral Discourse and Ethnicity in Early Modern Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2014).

News from the Publishing World: Plant to U of Nebraska Press

As of August 31, Alisa Plant, who did so much to create a strong Iberian history shelf at LSU Press, will be leaving there to become Editor-in-Chief at the University of Nebraska Press. At UNP, she will resume her acquisitions in Iberian history and possibly some Latin American history as well. She will be starting at UNP in mid-September, 2015.

New Book: Myrup, Power & Corruption in the Portuguese World

Erik Lars Myrup, Power and Corruption in the Early Modern Portuguese World (LSU Press, 2015).

Congrats to fantastic colleague here at Kentucky!

New Book: Medical Cultures of the Spanish Empire

Medical Cultures of the Early Modern Spanish Empire, John Slater, Maríaluz López-Terrada, and José Pardo-Tomás, eds (Ashgate, 2015).

Introduction, John Slater, José Pardo-Tomás and Maríaluz López-Terrada.

Part 1 Spain and the New World of Medical Cultures:

The culture of Peyote: between divination and disease in early modern New Spain, Angélica Morales Sarabia.

‘Antiguamente vivían más sanos que ahora’: explanations of native mortality in the Relaciones Geográficas de Indias, José Pardo-Tomás.

The blood of the dragon: alchemy and natural history in Nicolás Monardes’s Historia medicinal, Ralph Bauer.

Part 2 Itineraries of Spanish Medicine:

‘From where they are now to whence they came from’: news about health and disease in New Spain (1550-1615), Mauricio Sánchez-Menchero.

Literary anthropologies and Pedro González, the ‘Wild Man’ of Tenerife, M.A. Katritzky.

The medical cultures of ‘the Spaniards of Italy’: scientific communication, learned practices, and medicine in the correspondence of Juan Páez de Castro (1545-1552), Elisa Andretta.

Part 3 Textual Cultures in Conflict, Competition, and Circulation:

‘Offspring of the mind’: childbirth and its perils in early modern Spanish literature, Enrique García Santo-Tomás.

‘Sallow-faced girl, either it’s love or you’ve been eating clay’: the representation of illness in the Golden Age theater, Maríaluz López-Terrada.

The dramatic culture of astrological medicine in early modern Spain, Tayra M.C. Lanuza-Navarro.

The theological drama of chymical medicine in early modern Spain, John Slater.

Epilogue: the difference that made Spain, the difference that Spain made, William Eamon.

New Book: Suárez on Aristotelian Causality

Suárez on Aristotelian Causality, Jacob Leith Fink, ed. (Brill, 2015).

“Introduction,” Jakob L. Fink

1 “Suárez on Aristotelian Causality,” Jakob L. Fink

2 “Material Causality – Dissolving a Paradox: The Actuality of Prime Matter in Suárez,” Erik Åkerlund
3 “Formal Causality: Giving Being by Constituting and Completing,” Kara Richardson
4 “Efficient Causality: The Metaphysics of Production,” Stephan Schmid
5 “Final Causality: Suárez on the Priority of Final Causation,” Sydney Penner

Stanley reviews Brockey, “The Visitor” in TLS

Brian Stanley reviews Liam Brockey, The Visitor: André Palmeiro and the Jesuits in Asia (Belknap, 2014) in the Times Literary Supplement, July 17, 2015.

Sorry I missed this when it first came out; I was on vacation!

New Book: Armon, “Masculine Virtue”

Shifra Armon, Masculine  Virtue in Early Modern Spain (Ashgate, 2015).