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Rowe, “Blackness & Sanctity in the EM Hispanic World,” in AHR June ’16

Erin Kathleen Rowe, “After Death, Her Face Turned White: Blackness, Whiteness, and Sanctity in the Early Modern Hispanic World,” The American Historical Review 121/3 (2016): 727-54.

Postdoc: Canon Law in Colonial LA & Philippines

From H-Net:

Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History

Investigador/a del proyecto de investigación “Diccionario Histórico de Derecho Canónico en Hispanoamérica y Filipinas (siglos XVI-XVIII)”

 

Institution Type: Other
Location: Germany
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow

 

El Instituto Max Planck para la Historia del Derecho Europeo es un instituto internacional de investigación comprometido con la investigación de base en el campo de la Historia del Derecho Europeo.

Buscamos candidatos/as para desempeñar a partir del 1 de Septiembre de 2016 (fecha de incorporación preferente) las funciones de:

Investigador/a del proyecto de investigación “Diccionario Histórico de Derecho Canónico en Hispanoamérica y Filipinas (siglos XVI-XVIII)”

El Diccionario Histórico de Derecho Canónico en Hispanoamérica y Filipinas, siglos XVI-XVIII (DCH) es un amplio proyecto de publicación del Instituto con más de noventa contribuciones específicas, principalmente en lengua castellana. La publicación de las contribuciones está prevista para el año 2017.
Tareas a desempeñar:
Relacionadas con el proyecto “Diccionario Histórico de Derecho Canónico en Hispanoamérica y Filipinas (siglos XVI-XVIII)”: organización de reuniones de trabajo, gestión de los encuentros de los/as autores/as, revisión del contenido y del estilo de redacción de las contribuciones. Caso de ser necesario, será también requerida la colaboración del investigador/a para la elaboración de algunas entradas del Diccionario.

Más informaciones sobre el proyecto en:
English http://www.rg.mpg.de/historical_dictionary_of_canon_law
Castellano http://www.rg.mpg.de/791235/diccionario_historico.pdf

También en el blog del proyecto: https://dch.hypotheses.org/

Perfil de los/las candidatos/as:
Los solicitantes deberán poseer una titulación universitaria, preferentemente en disciplinas afines al proyecto “Diccionario Histórico de Derecho Canónico en Hispanoamérica y Filipinas (siglos XVI-XVIII)”: Derecho Canónico, Teología, Estudios Americanos, Historia o Derecho (con una especialización demostrable en Historia del Derecho). Son requeridos conocimientos en historia de Hispanoamérica en la Temprana Edad Moderna, historia del Derecho Canónico e historia del Derecho. Los/las candidatos/as deberán asimismo acreditar un excelente conocimiento de la lengua castellana (nivel lengua materna) y un dominio fluido del idioma inglés, tanto escrito como hablado. Son necesarios, asimismo, conocimientos básicos de lengua latina.
Nuestra Oferta:
Ofrecemos la posibilidad de llevar a cabo un multifacético desempeño profesional en un Campus de investigación internacional con excelente infraestructura y ambiente laboral. La sede del trabajo es la ciudad de Frankfurt del Meno. El puesto de trabajo que ofrecemos es de tiempo completo (según la legislación en vigor, 39 horas por semana). Bajo condiciones a negociar, la división de la jornada laboral es también posible. La remuneración y las prestaciones sociales a percibir por el/la investigador/a serán correspondientes a sus calificaciones académicas y conformes al convenio colectivo de trabajo (TVöD). La vigencia del contrato laboral es de año.

La Sociedad Max Planck tiene como objetivo preferente el contribuir a la empleabilidad de las
personas con capacidades diferentes. Las solicitudes de personas con capacidades diferentes son especialmente bienvenidas.

La Sociedad Max Planck pretende también elevar la cuota de mujeres empleadas en las áreas en las que no se encuentran suficientemente representadas. Invitamos, por tanto, a investigadoras con las competencias señaladas a responder a nuestra oferta de trabajo.

 

Contact: Para más información sobre el proyecto, contacte, por favor, con nuestro investigador: Dr. Osvaldo R. Moutin (moutin@rg.mpg.de)

Para informaciones más amplias sobre las condiciones de trabajo e ingresos derivados del mismo, diríjase, por favor (en inglés o alemán), a nuestra encargada de personal: Sra. Sabrina Penczynski (jobs@rg.mpg.de).

Más información sobre el Instituto Max Planck para la Historia del Derecho Europeo, su organización y misión científica en: http://www.rg.mpg.de/.

Le rogamos hacernos llegar su respuesta a nuestra oferta de trabajo (incluyendo carta de motivación, currículum en español e inglés, lista de publicaciones, etc.) antes del 30 de junio 2016: http://www.rg.mpg.de/job_offers

Website: http://www.rg.mpg.de/job_offers
Primary Category: Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies
Secondary Categories: East Asian History / Studies
Posting Date: 06/06/2016
Closing Date 06/30/2016

New Book: Firpo, “Juan de Valdés and the Italian Reformation”

Massimo Firpo, Juan de Valdés and the Italian Reformation (Routledge, 2015).

New Book: DuPlessis, “Material Atlantic: Clothing, Commerce & Colonization”

Robert DuPlessis, The Material Atlantic: Clothing, Commerce, and Colonization in the Atlantic World, 1650-1800 (Cambridge, 2015).

New Book: Peña, “Escribir y Prohibir: Inquisición y Censura”

Manuel Peña Díaz, Escribir y prohibir: Inquisición y censura in los Siglos de Oro (Cathédra, 2015).

Elliott, “Portugal’s Empire: Ruthless and Intermingling,” in NYRB, June 23 ’16

J.H. Elliott, “Portugal’s Empire: Ruthless and Intermingling,” New York Review of Books 63/11, June 23, 2016

Kongo: Power and Majesty

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, September 18, 2015–January 3, 2016
Catalog of the exhibition by Alisa Lagamma
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 308 pp., $65.00 (distributed by Yale University Press)

Reviews Mumford, “Vertical Empire” in CSSH July 2014

Caterina Pizzigoni reviews Jeremy Ravi Mumford, Vertical Empire: The General Resettlement of Indians in the Colonial Andes (Duke, 2012), in Comparative Studies in Society & History 56/3 (2014).

CFP: “Mapping Entanglements: Dynamics of Missionary Knowledge,” Washington DC, Feb 9-11, 2017

Mapping Entanglements

Dynamics of Missionary Knowledge and “Materialities” across Space and Time (16th – 20th centuries)

February 9-11, 2017
Workshop at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC
Conveners: Sabina Brevaglieri, Elisabeth Engel in collaboration with the History of Knowledge Research Group at the GHI Washington and the German Historical Institute in Rome

In recent years missionary knowledge has emerged as an experimental category for scholarship, residing at the intersection of different historical and scholarly fields and shaped by all of them, such as the social and cultural history of missions, imperial history, history of science, and intellectual history. This new analytical focus fosters better understanding of the various meanings of knowledge and the specific nature of how it is made in relation to the missionary commitments of different religious communities. At the same time, the study of missionary knowledge underpins a subtler understanding of the missionary as an “actor between two worlds.” While a “duty of knowledge” of people, languages, and territories targeted for evangelization can be considered integral to apostolic practice, the missionary cannot be reduced to a privileged agent in the making of an institutional body of knowledge. The production, circulation, and accumulation of missionary knowledge are to be regarded as closely intertwined with religious experiences, oriented towards a personal engagement in the local field. However, knowledge-making shapes complex and multipolar configurations across colonial spaces imbued with competition and conflicts. An analytical focus on missionary knowledge, thus, appears to be a powerful tool for reflecting on the relationships between power and religion. It provides a sensitive ground for launching an “entangled history” project from a longue durée perspective as it is able to address a highly fragmented and instable bulk of evidence scattered and mostly unexplored in archives, libraries, and museums throughout the world.

“Mapping entanglements” is here, first of all, understood as a dynamic tool for overcoming the artificial epistemological divide between Europe and the colonial empires. Along this line of thinking, the workshop sets out to investigate paths and configurations of missionary knowledge within dynamics of continuity and change, going beyond the boundaries of traditional periodization, as well as challenging the logic of homogeneous cultural areas. Shifting “knowledge collectives” made by people, institutional actors, textual and visual “writings,” such as maps, as well as things, account for the constitutive epistemological plurality of missionary knowledge, as well as for its strongly negotiated nature. Within such knowledge aggregates, writings emerge as complex translations of missionary experiences and transcriptions of a plurality of voices and agencies that contribute to shaping them. Material evidence too, however, provides insight into multiple ways of knowing as they meet and coalesce in an object. It articulates networks of mutual dependencies, in which agency is not homogeneously distributed but reshaped through asymmetrical interactions wherein contingencies and shifting positions within a web of spatial and temporal connections remain invisible to the master narrative of colonialism. Within this framework, missionary knowledge as a field constitutes a fresh perspective for looking at Europe within the shifting global dynamics of centralities and decentralities, as well as for questioning Europe’s essentialist relationship with Christianity, opening up the possibility of reevaluating comparisons between the Protestant and Catholic worlds.

“Mapping entanglements” is also a tool well-suited to addressing the enormous spans of spatial and temporal links in which “things” are entrapped. In engaging with the complexity of missionary knowledge, the workshop invites participants to explore the conceptual divide between verbal communication and materiality beyond a classical dualistic approach. Writings, as a communicative form of knowledge, and things do not have to be viewed as opposites, nor necessarily regarded as homogeneous, and distinctions should not be erased. From the perspective of missionary knowledge, however, both the study of writings and of objects can be approached by evaluating their performative dimension, beside and beyond the representational one. We therefore regard the material “presence” of different kinds of knowledge artifacts, whether copies of published books in libraries, writings stored in archives, or objects in museum collections, as having an active historical dimension, since they are not completely separated from the contingencies in which they were produced and received. The workshop plans to shed light on the relationships between their uses, situational contexts, and shifting hierarchies of relevance. By taking into account the meanings attached to the making and conservation of sources, contents – and silences too – acquire new meanings, and discarded agencies acquire new visibility.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Writings and images as spaces of entanglement: religious traditions and missionary knowledge
  • Crossing boundaries: paths of missionary knowledge between manuscripts and book cultures
  • Writings and agency: missionary knowledge in invisible and visible spaces
  • Missionary knowledge dynamics: archives as spaces of interaction and negotiation
  • Embodied missionary knowledge: writing and consuming material culture across spaces and times
  • Missionary exhibitions and museums: the making of the order of knowledge

At this level, the workshop’s interdisciplinary scope clearly intertwines with the transnational and global dimension, underpinning the ongoing discussion at the GHI of the high potential of the history of knowledge as an analytical focus supporting reflexivity of historical work, as well as creative dialogue within and outside other historical disciplines.

Funding is available to cover travel expenses. Please send paper proposals (around 250 words and a short bio) to Susanne Fabricius by June 30, 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be delivered by the end of July. For any questions, please contact Sabina Brevaglieri.