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Mawson, “Convicts or Conquistadores?” in P&P Aug 2016

Stephanie J. Mawson, “Convicts or Conquistadores? Spanish Soldiers in the Seventeenth-Century Pacific,” Past and Present 232/1 (2016).


New Book: “Conversos & Moriscos,” Vol 3

Introduction to this Volume
Kevin Ingram
Chapter One A Forgotten Campaign against the Conversos of Sigüenza: Pedro Cortés and the Inquisition of Cuenca
Sara T Nalle 

Chapter Two Iberians before the Venetian Inquisition
Gretchen Starr-Le Beau

Chapter Three The Psalms of David by Daniel Israel López Laguna, a Wandering Jew
Ruth Fine

Chapter Four Anti-Rabbinic Texts and Converso Identities: Ferna͂o Ximenes de Araga͂os Catholic Doctrine
Claude B Stuczynski

Chapter Five Injurious Lexicons: Inquisitorial Testimonies regarding New Christians in Macacu, Manila and Nagasaki in the Late Sixteenth Century
Miguel Rodrigues Lourenço

Chapter Six Converso Complicities in an Atlantic Monarchy: Political and Social Conflicts behind Inquisitorial Persecution
Ignacio Pulido Serrano

Chapter Seven Philip II as the New Solomon: The Covert Promotion of Religious Toleration and Synergism in Post-Tridentine Spain
Kevin Ingram

Chapter Eight The Granada Lead Books Translator Miguel de Luna as a Model for both the Toledan Morisco Translator and the Arab Historian Cidi Hamete Benengeli in Cervantes’ Don Quijote
Gerard Wiegers
Chapter Nine An Attempted Morisco Settlement in Early Seventeenth Century Tuscany
Asher Salah
Chapter Ten From Mooresses to Odalisques: Representations of the Mooress in the Discourse of the Expulsion Apologists
Mercedes Alcalá-Galan
Chapter Eleven This Thing Will Preserve their Nation Forever: Circumcision and Conversion in the EarlyModern Western Sephardic Communities
Yosef Kaplan

Job Ad: Florida State

The Florida State University Department of History invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the history of the Hispanic/Iberian Caribbean world, seventeenth through twentieth centuries. The areas of specialization are open. Successful candidates will be expected to work with the department’s diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students. Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype. The appointment will begin in August 2017.

PhD must be in hand by start of appointment.

Please submit a letter of application and vita as single pdf as well as contact information for three references who will be contacted by FSU with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation through To apply click:…/…/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL…

The closing date for receipt of applications is December 2, 2016. Employment will be contingent on the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. As an AA/EEOC employer and a public records agency, Florida State University is committed to diversity in hiring. We strongly encourage applications from women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups. Questions about the search may be addressed to Robinson A. Herrera, Caribbean Search Committee Chair,

New Book: Reading & Writing Subjects in Medieval and Golden Age Spain: Essays in Honor of Ronald E. Surtz

Jose Luis Gastanaga Ponce de Leon and Christina H Lee, eds, Reading and Writing Subjects in Medieval and Golden Age Spain: Essays in Honor of Ronald E. Surtz (Juan de la Cuesta, 2016).

Job Opening: Hispanic Studies at W&M

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the College of William & Mary announces a tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor to join our issues-driven interdisciplinary program in Hispanic Studies beginning August 10, 2017. The successful candidate will have expertise in Medieval Iberian cultural studies and an interest in Sephardic Jews, Muslims (and Moriscos), etc.  Opportunities exist to develop courses and teach in our dynamic new general education curriculum ( and contribute to interdisciplinary program(s) like European Studies and Medieval/Renaissance Studies. Teaching expectation is two courses per semester. The candidate is expected to maintain an active research program that inspires a highly motivated undergraduate student body.

Required: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Spanish or a related field at the time of appointment, August 10, 2017. Candidates must possess the skills to teach Hispanic language and culture at all levels. Evidence of previous teaching experience and native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English are required.

Excellence in teaching and mentoring successful undergraduate research is preferred.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and teaching experience.

Candidates may apply online at Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter that includes a statement of research and teaching interests, a sample syllabus for a course you would like to teach, and three letters of reference electronically via the College of William and Mary job web site. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by us with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference.

For full consideration, all application materials including three letters of reference must be submitted by the review date, November 4, 2016. Applications received after the review date will be considered only if needed.

Information on the degree programs in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures may be found at


Job Listing: Early Modern Europe & World, Northeastern Illinois

This looks like a lot of Spain & Atlantic World/Latin America people might fit this well:

Northeastern Illinois University, History

Assistant Professor, Early Modern Europe and the World


Institution Type: College / University
Location: Illinois, United States
Position: Tenure Track Faculty


Early Modern Europe and the World: Assistant Professor with a strong field in Europe (excluding Russia) from c. 1450-c. 1789.  Desirable fields include transnational processes such as trade, migration, capitalism, the history of science and technology, or the formation of the European state. The successful candidate will be required to teach within the department’s Western Civilization sequence, as well as upper-division and graduate courses in her/his specialty.  The ability to teach historical methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels is a plus, as would be experience with digital historical sources and new media.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, a chapter or article-length writing sample, and evidence of teaching preparation (syllabi, course evaluations, etc.).

Review of applications begins November 1.  Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Persons with Disabilities, as well as other qualified individuals. Northeastern Illinois University positions are contingent upon the University’s receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.


Contact: Materials can be sent to Professor Francesca Morgan, Chair, Early Modern Europe Search, Dept. of History, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625-4699.   Electronic submissions are welcome:
Primary Category: European History / Studies
Secondary Categories: Atlantic History / Studies
British History / Studies
Early Modern History and Period Studies
French History / Studies
German History / Studies
Italian History / Studies
Jewish History / Studies
Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies
World History / Studies
Posting Date: 09/21/2016
Closing Date 01/31/2017

CFP: “Lineage, Loyalty, & Legitimacy in Iberia & North Africa (600-1600),” St. Louis, June 19-21, 2017

CFP: Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600­-1600)

The Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in conjunction with the Medieval Iberia and North Africa Group at the University of Chicago invite abstracts for an upcoming conference, “Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600­-1600),” to be held at the SLU campus on June 19-­21, 2017 during the 5th Annual Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The aim of this subconference is to build on recent scholarship which has sought to move beyond notions of “the state” as a mode of inquiry in Iberian and North African studies, and to promote instead a more holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the politics, cultural production, and religious practices of these regions. Toward that end, this conference will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines in order to facilitate conversations about the relationships between politics, historiography, art, literature, and religion in medieval and early modern Iberia and North Africa.

Preliminary guiding questions for proposals include:
● How were kinship and patronage networks forged and negotiated, dismantled and maintained?
● What (in)formal bonds and socio­religious rituals demonstrated (dis)loyalty, whether within families or between political actors?
● How were institutions formed and maintained?
● How were concepts of (il)legitimacy produced, critiqued, and perpetuated during this period?
● What role did art, architecture and material culture play in the construction of notions of legitimacy and authenticity?
● How did the transmission or co­production of knowledge and culture across religious boundaries contribute to medieval and early modern genealogies of knowledge? How did these processes bolster or discredit claims to epistemological legitimacy?

These questions are meant to be interpreted broadly, and applicants are invited to submit brief proposals for papers addressing the conference’s title themes. Possible topics include but are not limited to: royal and noble families; inheritance and succession; marriage; dynastic politics and genealogical narratives; oaths and fealty; jurisprudence and theology; intellectual traditions and networks; textual and artistic production, especially the “co­production” of culture across social, ethnic, and religious boundaries; document authenticity and forgery; administrative precedent and innovation.

We encourage submissions for 20­ minute papers from a range of disciplines including: history, religious studies, literary studies, anthropology, archaeology, manuscript studies, and art history. The hope is that this conference will provide a forum for discussion and collaboration between scholars. Graduate students, post­doctoral researchers, and early­ career faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a brief CV along with an abstract of roughly 300 words to Edward Holt ( by December 15. Direct any questions or concerns to Edward Holt or Mohamad Ballan (

CFP: Medicine, Literature, and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World, St. Andrew’s, UK, July 3-5, 2017

Medicine, Literature and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World / Medicina, cultura, y literatura en el mundo hispánico de los siglos XV-XVIII : 3-5 July 2017

Call for Papers:

International Conference on Medicine, Literature and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World/Medicina, cultura, y literatura en el mundo hispánico de los siglos XV-XVIII

University of St Andrews, Scotland, 3-5 July, 2017

Conference Aims:

To bring together experts in medicine, literature, history, and related or connected disciplines, including the visual arts, to share research and ideas with a focus on medicine and its role in the Spanish-speaking world in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. The aim is also to foster an interdisciplinary approach to answering questions that have arisen in the research focus stated above, and propose future collaborations.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Dr Alexander Samson, University College London

Dr María Luz López-Terrada, INGENIO (CSIC – Universitat Politècnica de València)

Prof M. Pierre Civil, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

Prof Christoph Strosetzki, Universität Münster

To propose a paper:

Topics from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines are welcome, provided they maintain their focus on medicine and the Spanish-speaking world in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. Papers may be given in English or Spanish. Please send in a 200 word abstract, including title, in Microsoft Word format to Dr Ted Bergman: Panel proposals will also be considered. Please be sure to include your name, title, institution and e-mail address in you proposal. The deadline is 15 December, 2016.

Conference website:

Conference organised by: Dr Ted L L Bergman and Prof María Luisa Lobato.

Sponsoring organisations: University of St Andrews, Grupo PROTEO (Universidad de Burgos), CRES (Centre de Recherche sur l’Espagne des XVIe et XVIIe Siècles, Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)
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Reviews in the Summer ’16 RQ

Renaissance Quarterly 49/2 (2016):

Frederick A. de Armas reviews Susan Byrne, Ficino in Spain (Toronto, 2015).

John Slater reviews Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, Anatomy and Anatomists in Early Modern Spain (Ashgate, 2015).

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

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


Olds Wins 2016 Shea Prize

Congratulations to Katrina B. Olds, whose Forging the Past: Invented Histories in Counter-Reformation Spain (Yale, 2015) won the Shea Prize for 2016 from the American Catholic Historical Association!