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Iberian Sessions at the 2015 SCSC: Vancouver

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Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Oct 22-25, 2015, Vancouver, BC.

Thursday, Oct 22, 1:30-3:00 pm

4. Sacrifice, Law, and Race in the Theology of Bartolomé de las Casas
Junior Ballroom A
Organizer: Rady Roldan-Figueroa, Boston University
Chair: Aurelio A. Garcia, University of Puerto Rico
“Human Sacrifice: Religious Act or Vicious Desire? Testing the Limits of Tolerance with Vitoria and Las Casas,” Edgardo Colon-Emeric, Duke Divinity School
“The Unheard Voice of Law from an Often Heard Text: A New Rendition of Bartolomé de las Casas’ Brevísima Relación de la Destruición de las Indias,” David Orique, Providence College
“Race in Bartolomé de las Casas’ De unico vocationis modo,” Rady Roldan-Figueroa, Boston University.

13. Bureaucracy, Knowledge, and the Book in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America
Port Hardy
Sponsor: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)
Organizer: Felipe E. Ruan, Brock University
Chair: Jose G. Espericueta, University of Dallas
“The Nature of Colonial Governance: Landscape Written (In)to Order in Bishop Alonso de la Mota y Escobar’s Descripción geográfica de los Reinos de Nueva Galicia, Nueva Vizcaya, y Nuevo León (1605),” Lindsay Sidders, University of Toronto
“Preventing “Heresy”: Censorship and Privilege in Mexican Publishing, 1590–1612,” Albert Palacios, The University of Texas at Austin
“The Creation of the “Impresor del Secreto del Santo Officio” in New Spain, 1634–1660,” Kenneth Ward, John Carter Brown Library
“The Cosmographer-Chronicler Juan López de Velasco: Bureaucracy, Knowledge, and Libros de Indias at the Council of the Indies,” Felipe E. Ruan, Brock University

36. Roundtable: Transatlantic Sanctity: Perspectives from the Spanish Empire
Pavilion B
Sponsor: Hagiography Society
Organizer: Sara M. Ritchey, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Chair: Alison K. Frazier, University of Texas at Austin
Participants: Katrina Olds, University of San Francisco
Cornelius Conover, Augustana College, SD
Erin Rowe, Johns Hopkins University
Cristina Cruz González, Oklahoma State University
A. Katie Harris, University of California, Davis.

Friday, Oct 23, 8:30-10:00 am

57. The Iberian Churches in the Atlantic World
Organizer: Scott K. Taylor, University of Kentucky
Chair: Anne Jacobson Schutte, University of Virginia
“Kongolese Christianity, Papal Authority, and Iberian Pushback in the Early Modern Atlantic,” Erin Rowe, Johns Hopkins University
‘“I Do Not Know How to Fulfill Those Demands”: Rethinking Jesuit Missionary Efforts in La Florida, 1566–1572,’ Saber Gray, Tulane University
“The Crosier and the Sea: Bishops and Colonial Society in the Early Spanish Caribbean,” Lauren MacDonald, Johns Hopkins University

Friday, Oct 23, 1:30-3:00 pm

86. Iconography of the Virgin Mary
Pavilion Ballroom A
Organizer: James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
Chair: David J. Drogin, State University of New York, F.I.T.
“Humility and Temptation: Lessons of Motherhood in the Madonna del Soccorso Typology,” Efrat El-Hanany, Capilano University
“Issues of Identity: Indigo, Islam, and the Virgin Mary,” Marie Pareja, Temple University
“The Flowering Rod and the Pounding Stone: Crisis and the Virgin of Guápulo in Colonial Quito,” Sonya Wohletz, Tulane University

93. Race, Religion, and Identity in Spain and Portugal
Organizer: Scott K. Taylor, University of Kentucky
Chair: A. Katie Harris, University of California, Davis
“Paradoxical Toleration: Hernando de Talavera and Interfaith Relationships in Early Modern Castile,” Carolyn Salomons, St. Mary’s University
“Forging a Christian Granada: Relics and Humanist “Truth” in Late Sixteenth-Century Spain,” Kira von Ostenfeld-Suske, Columbia University
“Children of Black-African Women and Questions of Parenthood and Identity in Early Modern Portugal,” Darlene Abreu-Ferreira, University of Winnipeg
“Crossing National Boundaries: Portuguese Slave Traders in the Eastern Spanish Caribbean, 1580–1640,” Marc V. Eagle, Western Kentucky University

Friday, Oct 23, 3:30-5:00 pm

99. Constructing Identities in Colonial Contexts: Experiences of Exile, Ancestry, and Performance in the Early Modern Atlantic World
Junior Ballroom A
Organizer: Rachael Ball, University of Alaska Anchorage
Chair and Comment: Gary K. Waite, University of New Brunswick
“Constructing “Spanishness” Through Empire: Representations of Muslims and Moriscos in Colonial Histories,” Karoline Cook, Washington State University
“Performing Identity by Playgoing: Theater and Representations of Identity in Mexico City and Dublin,” Rachael Ball, University of Alaska Anchorage
“International Calvinism and Protestant Religious Identities in the Early Modern World,” Jesse Spohnholz, Washington State University

110. Jesuit Natural History in Spanish and Portuguese America
Port MacNeill
Sponsor: Journal of Jesuit Studies
Organizer: Kathleen M. Comerford, Georgia Southern University
Chair and Comment: Robert A. Maryks, Boston College
“The Queen Mother Trope and the Crafting of Missionary Fluvial Traditions in Early Modern Amazonia,” Roberto Chauca, University of Florida
“Christian Idolaters in Joséde Acosta’s Natural and Ethnographic Descriptions of the New World,” Bryan Green, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile.

Saturday, Oct 24, 8:30-10:00 am

119. The Habsburgs and the Politics of Art
Organizer: James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
Chair: Matthew Ancell, Brigham Young University

“Democritus in the Age of Contact and Exploration,” Javier Berzal de Dios, Western Washington University
“The Classically Disguised Princely Portrait during the Reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V,” Jennifer Liston, Salisbury University
“Architectural Spoliation and Preservation as Colonial Practices in Early Modern Spain,” Alejandra Gimenez-Berger, Wittenberg University
“Like Father, Like Son: Dynastic Identity and Spanish-Hapsburg Patterns of Collecting,” Jessica Weiss, Metropolitan State University of Denver

125. The Early Modern Spanish Body: Suffering, Spirituality, and Silence
Pavilion Ballroom A
Organizer: Jennifer E. Barlow, University of Virginia
Chair and Comment: Allyson M. Poska, University of Mary Washington

“The (Male) Body in Pain: Making Meaning out of Corporeal Experience,” Faith Harden, University of Arizona
“Flesh Made Word: The Carmelite Body and Spiritual Friendship in the Works of Teresa of Ávila and María de San José,” Jennifer E. Barlow, University of Virginia
“Bodies Under Siege: Performing Vesalian Anatomy in María de Zayas’s Desengaños amorosos,” Elena Neacsu, University of Virginia
“Seen and Not Heard: Early Modern Notions of Gender and Religion in Spain,” Rina Stuparyk, UNBC

Saturday, Oct 24, 10:30-noon

136. Culture and Control through the Eyes of Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón, and Teresa de Ávila
Organizer: Elvira L. Vilches, North Carolina State University
Chair: Grace E. Coolidge, Grand Valley State University
“Married Life in Don Quixote: Cervantes and the Literature of Matrimony,” Darcy Donahue, Miami University
“Decircumcising the Heart: The Eucharist and Conversion in Calderón’s Autos sacramentales,” Matthew Ancell, Brigham Young University
“Yo siñor, queremos muntipricar a mundos”: The Socio-Linguistic Development of the African Slave in Sixteenth-Sentury Spanish Theater,” Antonio Rueda, Colorado State University
“Santa Teresa de Ávila As Confessor: Negotiating Pastoral Authority,” Jason Stinnett, University of Tennessee

141. Workshop (pre-circulated papers): Captives, Runaways, Bawds, and Deckhands: Reconfiguring the Boundaries of Slavery and Slave Studies in Spanish America
Pavilion Ballroom C
Organizer: Tamara J. Walker, University of Pennsylvania
“Slavery and Mastery in the South Sea Armada,” Tamara J. Walker, University of Pennsylvania
“Plebeian Public Women: Bawds and Brothels in Early Viceregal Mexico,” Nicole Von Germeten, Oregon State University
“Panama’s Rebel Slaves: Bridging Slave and Free Worlds, and the Atlantic and Pacific,” Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Bryn Mawr College
“Woodes Rogers and the Colonial Predicament of Blackness in the South Sea,” Sherwin Bryant, Northwestern University

Saturday, Oct 24, 1:30-3:00

156. Justice, Violence, and Spiritual Accumulation in the Americas
Organizer and Chair: Elvira L. Vilches, North Carolina State University
“A Non-Traditional Reading of Sixteenth-Century Justice in a NonTraditionally Taught Document Written by Bartolome de Las Casas,” Monica Morales, University of Arizona
“The Difficult Nomad: Fray Guillermo de Santa María’s Views on Just War in Zacatecas,” Ruben Sanchez-Godoy, Southern Methodist University
“Writing Violence and Spiritual Conquest: Friar Bernardo de Lizana’s Devocionario de Nuestra Señora de Izamal y Conquista Espiritual (1633),” Alejandro Enriquez, Illinois State University

Sunday, Oct 25, 10:30-noon

212. The Body of Christ in the Art of the Spanish Americas
Junior Ballroom C
Organizer: Derek S. Burdette, Swarthmare College
Chair and Comment: Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank, Brooklyn College, CUNY
“The Imitation of Christ in New Spain,” Cristina Cruz González, Oklahoma State University
“Contemplating Christ’s Body: Colonial Devotion and Miraculous Crucifixes,” Derek S.Burdette, Swarthmore College
“Local” Sites and “Global” Mission: On the Darkness of Christ in Colonial Latin America,” Raphaèle Preisinger, University of Bern, Switzerland


New Book: Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America

Envisioning Others: Race, Color, and the Visual in Iberia and Latin America, Pamela A. Patton, ed. (Brill, 2015).

Contributors are Beatriz Balanta,Charlene Villaseñor Black, Larissa Brewer-García, Ananda Cohen Suarez, Elisa Foster, Grace Harpster, Ilona Katzew, Matilde Mateo, Mey-Yen Moriuchi, and Erin Kathleen Rowe.

New Book: Kimmel, Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain

Seth Kimmel, Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Geevers on the Habsburg Succession and Reviews in Summer 2015 SCJ

The Sixteenth Century Journal 46/2 (2015):

Liesbeth Geevers, “The Miracles of Spain: Dynastic Attitudes to the Habsburg Succession and the Spanish Succession Crisis (1580-1700).”

Martha Chaiklin reviews George Bryan Souza, Portuguese, Dutch, and Chinese in Maritime Asia, c. 1585-1800 (Ashgate, 2014).

Donald J. Kagay reviews Aneta Georgievska-Shine and Larry Silver, Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain (Ashgate, 2014).

Albrecht Classen reviews The Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain: A Mediterranean Diaspora, Mercedes García-Arenal and Gerald Wiegers, eds (Brill, 2014).

Paul J. Stapleton reviews “The Tragic Couple”: Encounters between Jews and JesuitsJames Bernauer and Robert A. Maryks, eds (Brill, 2014).

Alison Weber reviews Mercedes García-Arenal and Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, The Orient in Spain: Converted Muslims, the Forged Lead Books of Granada, and the Rise of Orientalism (Brill, 2013).

Rosa Helena Chinchilla reviews Joaquin J. Sánchez Gázquez, Los De Fato et Libero Arbitrio Libri Tres de Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda: Estudio de un obra histórico-filosófico-teológica (Universidad de Granada, 2005).

Donald J. Kagay reviews María Tausiet, Urban Magic in Early Modern Spain: Abracadabra Omnipotens (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Job Ad: Early Modern Europe esp. Central Europe or Iberia – Central Florida

Position Number: 32551
Department: History
Position/Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track
Early Modern European History

The University of Central Florida is seeking applications for a nine-month tenure-track assistant professor position in early modern European history excluding specialists of Russia, France, and the United Kingdom beginning in August 2016. The successful candidate will be expected to teach regularly offered undergraduate and graduate courses in early modern European history, including courses on the Renaissance and Reformation.

UCF is a growing metropolitan university with an enrollment of over 60,000 that has maintained an atmosphere of personal instruction. The department offers a B.A. and M.A. in History and offers a public history component as part of its curriculum. The History Department takes pride in its reputation for quality instruction and publication. For more information see

Minimum Requirements:  A Ph.D. in History or a related field from an accredited institution is required at the time of hire.
Preferences: Candidates working in central European or Iberian history. Teaching experience at the university or college level; graduate-level training/experience in early modern European history broadly defined.

Applicants are required to apply online, position number 32551. In addition to the online application, please also submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and any other supporting material. The selected candidate will need to provide official transcripts.

Note: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

Please have three letters of reference sent to:
Attn: Dr. Amelia H. Lyons
Early Modern European History Search Committee Chair
University of Central Florida
History Department
12790 Aquarius Agora Dr.
Suite 551
Orlando, FL  32816-1350

To ensure full consideration, all materials listed above should be filed by Nov. 10, 2015 when review of applicants will begin. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Any questions should be directed to the chair of the Search Committee at

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities.  As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

Contact: Attn: Dr. Amelia H. Lyons
Early Modern European History Search Committee Chair
University of Central Florida
History Department
12790 Aquarius Agora Dr.
Suite 551
Orlando, FL  32816-1350